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The UN Human Rights Committee says the government should carry out a 'prompt, independent and thorough investigation' into symphysiotomy, and says those that carried it out should be prosecuted and punished.

The fourth report into Ireland's human rights record has been published after a number of Irish civil rights groups travelled to Geneva last week to report on their concerns.

The report also calls for an independent investigation into mother and baby homes, Magdelene Laundries and children's institutions.

It expresses concern that the practice of breaking the pelvic bone during or after childbirth was carried out on 1,500 Irish women up until 1987, and says survivors should be given 'fair and adequate compensation', including the right to legally challenge compensation offered in the redress scheme announced earlier this month.

The report also calls for an independent investigation into mother and baby homes, Magdelene Laundries and children's institutions.

The Chair of Survivors of Symphysiotomy, Marie O'Connor, says this is what they have been calling for for a long time:

Yuval Shany is a member of the UN Human Rights Committee. He told Newstalk Lunchtime he hopes to see progress in the next five years, which is when Ireland is due back before them:

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