22/07/2011

Actions for Brenda Lillis, Maghaberry prison, Northern Ireland


Brendan Lillis in the Maghaberry prison 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!

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A 3 day hungerstrike today, Thursday the 21st, at 12PM at the old site of Anderstown Police Station (the old Andersonstown Barracks). Everyone around Belfast, please go to the hunger strike today. Take some folding chairs, help pass out flyers and show support for the government of the North of Ireland to treat Brendan Lillis in a humane manner. Update: the white line picket for brendan lillis is tomorrow night "FRIDAY" at 7 and the public meeting is saturday also at 7.pm at the site of the old andersontown police station.

A 3 day fast and camp out will take place at Free Derry corner from 10pm tomorrow, Thursday 21st July, in conjunction and solidarity with the Belfast fast being undertaken by Roisin Lynch and friends. No party or organisational logos will be used and we hope this would appeal to all concerned with the wellbeing of Brendan Lillis to be able to partake. All welcome. GRMA

Cork protest tomorrow. West Belfast Hunger Strike in Support of Brendan Lillis (TOM News 18/07/11). Protest and hunger strike at Guildhall @1.00pm 2moro Thursday (not yet confirmed)

American Hunger Strike in support of Brendan Lillis Location: United States Time: 12:00PM

Thursday, July 21st Diarmuid Breatnach Call a cross-party picket of the British Embassy or in O'Connell St.

The American event is online, and the facebook page is here: http://www.facebook.com/ev​ent.php?eid=19329717405711​8 (tweeted: #US4Brendan and #FreeBrendanLillis)

Candlelight Vigil in support of Brendan Lillis Location: Glasgow cross Time: 10:00PM Thursday, July 21st

There are now ‎925 signatures on one petition, and 63 on the other.

Links to All Latest News Articles

Mass Email List including US Media

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Links:

BBC interview with Brendan Lillis’ partner Roisin Lynch (18.7.2011):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/c​onsole/bbc_radio_foyle#freshSi​gnin=true or click on http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/c​onsole/b012m7nh
Then go forward to 1:05:05 – 7 days left to listen again

On 14-7-11 Roisin Lynch, partner of Brendan Lillis, spoke at a meeting in Pilot’s Row Derry.
Release Brendan Lillis – YouTube - http://youtu.be/xPlrXlHcyIo

Sign the petition:
www.petitionspot.com/petitions​/releaseBrendylilli

Become member of the group Friends of Brendan Lillis:
https://www.facebook.com/group​s/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lillis?re​f=ts

19/07/2011

Northern Ireland: Brendan Lillis dying in Maghaberry prison

 

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!

Justice Minister David Ford who is politically responsible for the recent deaths in the Maghaberry prison in Northern Ireland, decided that the hearing with the commissioners planned for tommorow in the Maghaberry prison, will be only a ‘preliminary hearing to determine the date for a hearing’.  It is clear that he is just waiting for Brendan’s death.

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Links to the BBC interview with Brendan Lillis’ partner Roisin Lynch:

or

Click on http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/c​onsole/b012m7nh

Then go forward to 1:05:05 - 7 days left to listen again

 
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Release Brendan Lillis‏ – YouTube  - http://youtu.be/xPlrXlHcyIo

Audio of Roisin Lynch addressing Pilot’s Row meeting 14-7-11 [HQ].wmv

On 14-7-11 Roisin Lynch, partner of Brendan Lillis who is dying right now in Maghaberry prison, spoke at a meeting in Pilot’s Row Derry.

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Friends of Brendan Lillis: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lillis…

Sign the petition: www.petitionspot.com/petitions​/releaseBrendylilli

 

Brendan Lillis dying in Maghaberry prison: BBC Radio

On BBC Radio Foyle Derry today, ex Mayor Colm Eastwood has shortly presented the case for the Release of Brendan Lillis.

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!

Justice Minister David Ford who is politically responsible for the recent deaths in the Maghaberry prison in Northern Ireland, decided that the hearing with the commissioners planned for tommorow in the Maghaberry prison, will be only a 'preliminary hearing to determine the date for a hearing'.  It is clear that he is just waiting for Brendan's death.

There was not yet any reaction of  Sinn Féin that called some days ago for the 'immediate release of Brendan Lillis'.

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Links to the BBC interview with Brendan Lillis' partner Roisin Lynch:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/c​onsole/bbc_radio_foyle#fre...

or

Click on http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/c​onsole/b012m7nh

Then go forward to 1:05:05 - 7 days left to listen again

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Friends of Brendan Lillis: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lillis...

Sign the petition: www.petitionspot.com/petitions​/releaseBrendylilli

18/07/2011

Brendan Lillis: 'Minister Ford has no power to release him'

FordIndiaTimes.jpg'THEY GIVE THE IMPRESSION THAT THEY ARE BEING MISTREATED'
Friday, 7 May 2010 - 
Ford condemns dissident action at Maghaberry

Speaking of the incident that took place in Roe House at Maghaberry Prison he said: “This is the latest in a series of actions by a small number of prisoners, designed to form the impression that they are being mistreated. Just as their allies outside the prisons are trying to take Northern Ireland backwards by their campaign of violence, these prisoners are trying to take prisons backwards. They seem determined to create conditions which they will then complain about, but they will have no-one to blame but themselves.”

The police are now investigating and criminal charges may ensue against the prisoners involved.

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!

Justice minister's secretary (02890763000): 'David Ford has no power to release Brendan, the British government has all the power to free him'.

During the latest months, there were 5 deaths in the Maghaberry prison of Northern Ireland.

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Friends of Brendan Lillis: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lillis...

Sign the petition: www.petitionspot.com/petitions​/releaseBrendylilli

 

17/07/2011

Brendan Lillis: Hungerstrike 21.7.2011, Anderstown Police Station

PRESS RELEASE

Brendan Lillis is currently a prisoner in Maghaberry Prison where he is serving a sentence for explosive offences in 1976. Brendan suffers from the condition ankylosing spondylitis and has been confined to bed for the best part of the past two years. Brendan Lillis is no threat to anybody, Brendan Lillis is dying and has been abandoned by an entire political system which is more interested in making statements about his condition than in applying their political power to remedy the situation.
We call for the immediate release of Brendan Lillis to his partner Roisin so that whatever time Brendan has left on this earth be spent with his immediate family. Brendan Lillis can not walk, he can not get up from his bed. He is incapacitated, and he is being left alone to die in a prison cell. We have seen enough of our people die in prison cells and find the manner in which Brendan is being treated as an obscenity.
A hunger strike in support of Brendan Lillis will commence this Thursday, 21st July at the site of the old Andersonstown Barracks. Roisin Lynch, partner of Brendan Lillis will be joined by old comrades of Brendan’s from the Blanket protest days and other former prisoners and concerned individuals. The action is designed to highlight Brendan’s case and the lack of any movement in securing his release from the politicians who know Brendan and knew him as a Blanketman.
Time is fast running out for Brendan Lillis and he should be released immediately. We call on all people concerned with this grave injustice to come along on Thursday, Friday or Saturday and register your support for a sick and dying man being held hostage by a vindictive and punitive regime. Ends.

Photo: Brendan Lillis

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Friends of Brendan Lillis:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lillis?ref=ts

Sign the petition:
www.petitionspot.com/petitions​/releaseBrendylilli

15/07/2011

Brendan Lillis is dying: Call for help of Amnesty International

Some months ago, Nadezhda Banchik, member of Amnesty International USA, called for the release of Commander Arbi Zarmaev, a political prisoner who was very sick and was isolated, tortured and treated with neuroleptics in Bruges prison (Belgium).

Can she do the same for Brendan Lillis who is dying in the Maghaberry prison 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! The doctor said her that he will live only 10 days now.

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Arbi Zarmaev: Letter of Mrs Nadezhda Banchik to Minister Stefaan De Clerck

San Jose, April 20, 2011

Being a member of Amnesty International USA, and in addition, being myself an emigrant from the former Soviet Union, I am completely devastated hearing about the plight of Mr. Arbi Zarmaev, a Chechen, an asylum seeker from Chechnya. I was entirely desperate learning that Mr. Zarmaev was arrested in Belgium and subjected to beating and torture via forcible deprivation of food and drinking water, shackling, and sleep deprivation.

Information about torturing of any prisoner in Belgium, the EU member country, renown for its adherence to human rights and law obedience, make me think that our entire world is moving towards a new Holocaust, since the Holocaust was made possible when Western world completely rejected any protection for a human life at all and for a certain ethnic group in particular. That time such a group were Jews. This time, it seems to me, the Chechens are made an ethnic group for trade-off deals with criminal Russian regime.

I am afraid not only for a Chechen young man who is "guilty" only of defending his homeland from marauders, murders and robbers known to the whole world as Russian mafia state. It seems that Belgium authorities secretly decided to make Arbi Zarmaev slowly dying behind grates just for secret deal with Russian criminals! I am also afraid of your country’s reputation as reliable and law-obedient, human-rights protected country belonging to the Western civilization, that just recently was considered moral leader of the whole world. No more humane place in this world? No more Geneva Convention for a tiny group that was unlucky to be designed international scapegoat in the epoch of international "anti-terrorism" war?! But who is a bigger terrorist in this case? A Chechen who was forced to take arms to defend his home or the second army in the world that bombed out his homeland to rubbles?! Do you know that Russia killed more than 250,000 Chechens, including 40,000 children? And how many people did Arbi Zarmaev really killed? Ask him, please.

I urge you Mr. Minister, to do everything you can to stop this embarrassing case for your country. I hope you can urge your subordinates to free Arbi Zarmaev because he is not a criminal. In the worst, he could be considered prisoner of the war. However, in this case he is eligible for Geneva Convention protection. Anyway, he is eligible for Geneva Convention protection as an asylum seeker from the armed conflict zone.

Sincerely and hopeful

Nadezhda Banchik, Amnesty International USA member

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http://droitfondamental.eu/001​-Amnesty_International_USA...

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
Belfast
Northern Ireland
BT4 3SG
southantrim@davidford.org

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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Friends of Brendan Lillis: 

https://www.facebook.com/group​s/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lilli...

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prisoners-Northern-Ireland...

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

13/07/2011

Prisoners Northern Ireland: BBC News

 

 
Tonight BBC News night at 10:30pm is highlighting the issue’s about the implementation of the agreement and the humiliation, degradation and brutality against the Republican POW’s in Maghaberry prison.
Interviews will include one with Brendan Conway who is only released under fortnight ago and has first hand experience of the ill-treatment they are suffering.


Photo: Brendan Lillis – 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!

Friends of Brendan Lillis: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lillis...

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prisoners-Northern-Ireland/239622069389362

 

02/05/2011

Droits de l’Homme: L’ONU félicité la Belgique

CD&V, chétiens-démocrates belges, droits de l'homme, félicite la Belgique, l'ONU, ministre Stefaan De Clerck, ministre Steven Vanackere

2 mai, 2011 - La Belgique passait son grand oral sur l’état des droits de l’homme dans le pays ce lundi devant l’ONU. Quelques points noirs ont été soulignés. Les problèmes communautaires n’ont pas été absents des débats.

La Belgique devait se soumettre lundi matin à Genève aux questions des Etats membres de l’Organisation des Nations unies lors de son premier “examen périodique universel”, une procédure de vérification de l’état des droits de l’homme à laquelle chaque membre du Conseil onusien des droits de l’homme doit désormais répondre tous les quatre ans.

Le ministre des Affaires étrangères Steven Vanackere a répondu, pendant trois heures, aux interpellations des représentants nationaux. Ceux-ci se sont basé sur trois rapports, l’un émanant du gouvernement belge, un autre du haut-commissariat aux droits de l’homme de l’ONU et un troisième des associations belges et internationales de défense des libertés fondamentales.

La Belgique a été félicitée des efforts accomplis. Mais plusieurs points noirs ont été soulignés: l’absence d’institution des droits de l’Homme indépendante, la surpopulation carcérale, les problèmes liés à l’asile et à la détention aux frontières, la lutte contre les abus faits aux enfants et contre la pornographie infantile.

Plusieurs pays (Canada, de la Fédération de Russie et Slovénie) ont par ailleurs demandé à ce que la Convention cadre sur les minorités soit adoptée.
Certains pays ont insisté sur le problème de la discrimination envers les minorités, sans précision supplémentaire.

Les problèmes communautaires n’ont donc pas été absents des débats à Genève.

J.C., avec Baudouin Remy

http://www.rtbf.be/info/belgique/detail_les-debats-commun...

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Photo: Steven Vanackere à Genève, Belga Photo Eric Lalmand

Vanackere est, comme le ministre de la justice Stefaan De Clerck, membre du parti démocrates-chrétiens flamande (CD&V).

http://www.stevenvanackere.be/fr


Lettre du 20 avril 2011 de Yelena Maglevannaya à Son Altesse Royale, Albert II, le Roi des Belges

Votre Majesté le Roi des Belges,

Dans votre pays, à la prison de Brugge, ce trouve un réfugié tchétchène, Arbi Zarmaev, dont l’extradition est demandée par la Russie.

Outre le fait qu’il risque d’être expulsé vers un pays où il est assuré d’être torturé et maltraité, parce que c’est le sort qui attend tous les Tchétchènes dans les prisons russes, comme je l’ai appris ; et que dans votre pays démocratique, il est détenu dans des conditions loin d’être normales. Il a même battu, ce que les autorités ont ensuite tenté de cacher du public, en prétendant qu’il se serait lui-même infligé les coups.

Je n’ai jamais été surprise d’entendre de telles choses des autorités russes. C’est là-bas la norme depuis longtemps. Mais que, dans un pays de l’Union Européenne qui s’est engagé à respecter les droits de l’homme devant le monde, qu’un Tchétchène soit battu, était initialement impossible à croire.

Ces dernières temps, une tendance préoccupante – les autorités de plus en plus de pays européens ont commencé à refuser de mettre à l’abri les réfugiés tchétchènes. Serait-ce que, pour de bonnes relations avec la Russie, la vie est devenue un sujet de négociation?

Il convient, à mon avis, une fois pour toute d’interdire la question du renvoi des réfugiés tchétchènes en Russie, quelle que soit les accusations portées contre eux, parce qu’ils n’ont aucun espoir d’un procès équitable dans ce pays. Au contraire, ils sont confrontés à des peines de détention excessivement longue, des coups, des tortures et une mort presque inévitable en prison à la suite de ces tortures et les conditions de détention inhumaines.

Par conséquent, en vertu des droits de l’homme, il est indispensable que les démocraties occidentales, déclarent immédiatement, non seulement en mots, que la Russie est un pays qui ne respecte pas le droit le plus fondamental – le droit à la vie – et assurent effectivement que nul ne peut donner à ce pays quiconque, sans partager la responsabilité de son sort.

Tout d’abord, cela concerne les Tchétchènes, qui, en règle générale, du point de vue du droit international, ne sont pas coupables de quoi que ce soit, tel qu’il est pratiqué en temps de guerre, en défendant leur patrie de l’occupation.

Votre Majesté, je souhaite que vous puissiez entendre les arguments de libérer Arbi Zarmaev avec votre protection royale et une fois pour toutes, interdire son extradition vers la Russie. L’Europe devrait réaffirmer la réputation du territoire, où les droits de l’homme ont toujours été, et sont en première place et rigoureusement appliquées.

Elena Maglevannaya,

journaliste, réfugié en Finlande

http://droitfondamental.eu/ (Yelena Maglevannaya appelle le Roi Albert II au secours du Commandant Arbi Zarmaev)