Brendan Lillis dying: Open Letter to Justice Minister David Ford

Brussels, 13 July 2011

Justice Minister David Ford
Department of Justice
Block B
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate
Northern Ireland

Dear Sir,

During years and years, I am working about human rights, so well on a national as international level.

I am very shocked by the violations of human rights and the many deaths and suicides in the prisons of Northern Ireland.

Brendan Lillis, a 59 year old former Life-sentence political prisoner from West Belfast, in Ireland, is currently desperately ill in the medical wing of the notorious Maghaberry prison, in County Antrim. He suffers from the intensely painful and progressive disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis which due to other medical complications has left himunable to move from his bed for 14 months and his weight has dropped to a perilous 6 stones (38.1 Kilos !). Due to a series of serious infections and medication which has compromised his immune system, Mr Lillis has been unable to eat, sleep or hold down even liquids for a period close to a month and is constant agony. In short, his health has deteriorated to such an extent that his partner Roisin, who is his only contact with the outside world, fears that he will die in his prison bed!

May I pray you to intervene in this inhuman and tragical case ?

Yours faithfully,

Jan Boeykens
Werkgroep Morkhoven


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Photo: Justice Minister David Ford who seems not to be interested in the inhuman treatments of the prisoners in Northern Ireland

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