Rights Groups Tell UN of Ireland’s Failure to Combat Inhuman and Degrading Treatment

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Dublin/Geneva 20 May 2011

Press Release

Top United Nations experts will today (Friday 20 May 2011) hear directly from Irish human rights groups concerned about the State’s track record in preventing inhuman and degrading treatment.

At a high-level UN meeting in Geneva, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) will outline the findings of their Joint Shadow Report on Ireland under the United Nations Convention against Torture, which highlights serious weaknesses in Ireland’s systems to prevent inhuman and degrading treatment.

While their representatives are speaking at the United Nations in Geneva, the IPRT and the ICCL will launch their Joint Shadow Report in Dublin (at 11am at Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2).

The Joint Shadow Report identifies serious shortcomings in relation to critical areas including: access to a lawyer during Garda questioning, prison conditions, safeguards against deportation and effective rehabilitation services for victims of torture. It makes fifty clear recommendations on the actions which must be taken to address these deficiencies in human rights protection in Ireland.

The Report, co-written and jointly published by the ICCL and the IPRT, is part of an independent civil society response to the State’s own 2009 report to the Committee against Torture, which glosses over gaps is Ireland’s human rights safeguards and remains mute on the situation in our prisons.

At the launch, the ICCL and IPRT issued a joint call for the Government to establish effective and independent complaints and inspection systems for places where people are deprived of their liberty.

Speaking at the Dublin launch of the Joint Shadow Report, Mark Kelly, Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties said:

“International action to combat ill-treatment is never effective unless there are strong national mechanisms to monitor places where people are deprived of their liberty.  Ireland has yet to establish effective complaints and inspection mechanisms that would satisfy United Nations human rights quality standards. Until it does, the systemic problems identified in this report will not be solved.”

Liam Herrick, Executive Director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust added:

“Incredibly, given the national and international reports on overcrowding, lack of in-cell sanitation, and escalating inter-prisoner violence, the State report is largely silent on these acute human rights issues within the prisons. There is an urgent need for an independent complaints mechanism for prisoners, and an independent system for the investigation into deaths in prison. The NGOs present in Geneva will be calling on the UN Committee to make clear directions to the Irish Government to address these longstanding deficiencies in Ireland’s human rights protections.”

John Stanley, Chairperson of the Irish Refugee Council said:

“Ireland also has the lowest recognition rate for refugees in Europe and it is impossible to exclude the risk that some people with a well-founded fear of persecution may be returned to places where there is a risk of torture and ill-treatment.  With no independent oversight at ports of entry, there is a real fear that immigration officers may be refusing entry and returning persons with valid protection claims on the next plane.”

ICCL and IPRT representatives are available for further comment and interview in both Dublin and Geneva. For all media enquiries, or to arrange an interview with speakers, please contact:

•    Fíona Ní Chinnéide, Campaigns & Communications Officer, Irish Penal Reform Trust
T: + 353 1 874 1400         M: +353 87 135 4107    E: communications@iprt.ie
•    Walter Jayawardene, Communications Manager, Irish Council for Civil Liberties
T: + 353 1 799 4503    M:  +353 87 9981574    E: walter.jayawardene@iccl.ie

http://www.iccl.ie/news/2011/05/20/rights-groups-tell-un-of-irelands-failure-to-combat-inhuman-and-degrading-treatment.html

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Photo: Brendan Lillis (age 59) is a severely ill Irish republican prisoner being held in Maghaberry jail who is in urgent need of immediate release on humanitarian grounds
http://www.irishfreedomcommittee.net/POWs/BRENDAN_LILLIS.htm

Some days ago, a spokesman for the Co Antrim prison said: “The Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) regrets to announce the death in custody of a remand prisoner at Maghaberry Prison this morning.”
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/inmate-found-dead-in-prison-cell-16003134.html

Ecrire aux prisonniers politiques

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Ecrire aux prisonniers politiques

Les révolutionnaires emprisonnés ont autant besoin de soutien que d’air et d’eau. Et si la répression cherche à les briser et les démoraliser, une simple carte postale venue de France ou d’ailleurs apporte comme un soleil dans le cœur des camarades.

Nous vous conseillons à nos lecteurs déjà très engagés dans des luttes politiques pouvant leur causer des ennuis judiciaires ne pas donner d’informations pouvant les individualiser. Le courrier est lu et censuré, ou bien qu’il n’arrive pas. Mais tôt ou tard les prisonniers sauront d’une façon ou d’une autre qu’ils ont reçu du soutien.

Pour ceux qui sont prêts a griller leur nom car non-investis dans des luttes pouvant être criminalisées, ou bien qui sont prêts a assumer :

Sachez que pour un prisonnier toute correspondance un peu suivie est la bienvenue car elle ouvre une fenêtre vivante sur l’extérieur et sur une certaine forme de sociabilité non carcérale.

Dans tous les cas, on ne parle pas ouvertement de politique dans une correspondance carcérale avec un prisonnier, on ne parle pas non plus de l’affaire pour laquelle il a été condamné.

La correspondance carcérale doit surtout permettre aux camarades détenus de s’évader de leur enfer quotidien de lire et découvrir une autre personne, un monde hors de la prison.
Certains ne l’ont pas quittée, où ne la quitterons pas,  pour de très nombreuses années…

Si vous maîtrisez mal l’anglais, vous pouvez vous contenter de quelques mots sur une carte postale du type : « All my support from France – Trifouilly les oies – You fight the good fight dear comrade, you are not alone! »

Vous pouvez leur dire de quelle façon vous avez entendu parler de leur combat, par exemple en lisant Libération Irlande.

Voici une liste disponible actuellement des prisonniers politiques / prisonniers de guerre. Elle n’est pas du tout exhaustive, puisqu’il y a des organisations et des prisonniers qui ne souhaitent pas rendre publiques les noms et les listes. Il y a environ une centaine de prisonniers républicains en Irlande. Un camarade est incarcéré en Lituanie, un autre en France.

PRISON DE LA SANTE

Kieron Doran

Ecrou 293249
Bloc A
Cellule 119
Maison d’arrêt
42 rue de la Santé
75674 Paris Cedex 14

LUKISKES PRISON

Michael Campbell

Lukiskiu bstr. 6
Vilnius, LT 01108
Lituanie

CASTLEREA PRISON
The Grove, Castlerea town,
Co Roscommon,
Ireland

Eddie McGarrigle

PORTLAOISE PRISON

Portlaoise,  County Laois
Irlande
E-3 WING REPUBLICAN PRISONERS

Derek Brady
John Brock
Sean Connolly
Anthony Crowley
Bernard Dempsy
Aidan Hulme
Robert Hulme
Vincent Kelly
Justin McCarthy
James McCormack
Thomas Morris
Fintan Paul O’Farrell
Declan John Rafferty

E-4 WING

Liam Grogan
Darren Mulholland

E-2 WING

Jackie Bates
Don Bullman
Pascal Burke
Ciaran Dunne
Ken Donohoe
Tony Hyland
Robbie Kearns
Michael McDonald
Michael McKevitt

MAGHABERRY PRISON

Roe House 3+4,  Upper Ballinderry Road
Lisburn, Co. Antrim
North of Ireland
BT  28  2PT
« Royaume-Uni »

Liam Campbell
Colin Duffy
John P. Hannan
Noel Maguire
Terry McCafferty
Gerard McGory
Gerard McManus
Kevin Nolan

Martin Corey

Pour aider financièrement les proches des prisonniers, il y a deux adresses principales :

IRPWA,

Ulster Bank,
Andersonstown Rd, Belfast,
Account Number : 88919077
Sort Code : 98 00 15

et

CABHAIR

CABHAIR – Irish Republican Prisoners Dependants Fund
223 Parnell Street,
Dublin 1.
Irlande

ou via

Cumann na  Saoirse, c/o National Irish Freedom Committee,  P.O. Box  770549, Woodside, NY 11377, Etats-Unis.

REPUBLICAN PRISONERS ON 72 HOUR LOCKDOWN IN MAGHABERRY

 

 
 
Prison authorities have ordered a lockdown on the dissident republican wings at Maghaberry Jail over fears that a protest could escalate.

Prisoners were informed of the 72-hour lockdown in a memo delivered to their cells on Tuesday morning.

It is claimed the measure could be extended by a further 28 days if they do not comply with an earlier evening lock-up time.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, a dissident leadership source said “a slow-motion train crash” was happening inside the prison — and warned of consequences outside the jail.

In a sinister threat in March, the group Oglaigh na hEireann (ONH) told this newspaper it had the personal details of a number of prison staff “up to and including governor level”.

The jail protest is about a number of issues — strip searches, lock-up times and freedom of movement inside Roe House, where on two landings more than 30 dissident prisoners linked to a number of groups are held.

These include the Real and Continuity IRA organisations and ONH.

Some of those prisoners are now involved in a so-called dirty protest.

Others have been involved in “hand-to-hand fights” with prison officers in recent days.

Attempts by facilitators, who brokered an agreement between prison chiefs and prisoners last August, to gain access to the prison have “failed up to this point”.

Commenting on the developing protest, a source said: “The prisoners have ruled nothing out.”

He did not elaborate on that comment, but added: “This could all be resolved by the Prison Service.”

The source claimed what was happening was “an attempt to use the prison as a breaker’s yard”, and said: “The agreement (last August) is opposed by a large section of the Prison Officers Association.”

A spokesman for the Department of Justice told the Belfast Telegraph: “The Northern Ireland Prison Service can confirm that following non-compliance with lock-up times, a number of prisoners have been placed under Rule 32, which restricts their association.”

He added: “In line with agreed procedures, this will be reviewed within 72 hours.”

By Brian Rowan
Thursday, 26 May 2011
Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/dissidents-on-lockdown-as-maghaberry-protest-grows-16004387.html#ixzz1NScx6alY

Colin Duffy

Dissidents on lockdown as Maghaberry protest grows

 

    
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prison authorities have ordered a lockdown on the dissident republican wings at Maghaberry Jail over fears that a protest could escalate.

Prisoners were informed of the 72-hour lockdown in a memo delivered to their cells on Tuesday morning.

It is claimed the measure could be extended by a further 28 days if they do not comply with an earlier evening lock-up time.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, a dissident leadership source said “a slow-motion train crash” was happening inside the prison — and warned of consequences outside the jail.

In a sinister threat in March, the group Oglaigh na hEireann (ONH) told this newspaper it had the personal details of a number of prison staff “up to and including governor level”.

The jail protest is about a number of issues — strip searches, lock-up times and freedom of movement inside Roe House, where on two landings more than 30 dissident prisoners linked to a number of groups are held.

These include the Real and Continuity IRA organisations and ONH.

Some of those prisoners are now involved in a so-called dirty protest.

Others have been involved in “hand-to-hand fights” with prison officers in recent days.

Attempts by facilitators, who brokered an agreement between prison chiefs and prisoners last August, to gain access to the prison have “failed up to this point”.

Commenting on the developing protest, a source said: “The prisoners have ruled nothing out.”

He did not elaborate on that comment, but added: “This could all be resolved by the Prison Service.”

The source claimed what was happening was “an attempt to use the prison as a breaker’s yard”, and said: “The agreement (last August) is opposed by a large section of the Prison Officers Association.”

A spokesman for the Department of Justice told the Belfast Telegraph: “The Northern Ireland Prison Service can confirm that following non-compliance with lock-up times, a number of prisoners have been placed under Rule 32, which restricts their association.”

He added: “In line with agreed procedures, this will be reviewed within 72 hours.”

By Brian Rowan
Thursday, 26 May 2011
Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/dissidents-on-lockdown-as-maghaberry-protest-grows-16004387.html#ixzz1NScx6alY

Colin Duffy

Information Evening Regarding Ongoing Struggle for POW Status in Maghaberry

 
 
Colin Duffy
 
POW public meeting, N Belfast

NORTH BELFAST FRIENDS & FAMILIES OF MAGHABERRY POWSmInvite you to a public meeting in the Shamrock Club on Thursday 26th May @ 7pm


The purpose of the meeting is to inform our community about what is really happening in HMP Maghaberry.In attendance and speaking will be ex H Block POWs.

Today in Maghaberry Irish Republicans are being brutally stripped searched by LPOA thugs.

This is contrary to an agreement reached on 12th August 2010, when technology was introduced that made it unnecessary.

Also in recent weeks HMP Maghberry has been readied for more Irish Republicans, The latest being Marian Price.

Marian has been interned by the British Secretary of State because she held a piece of paper.

WHOS NEXT?

In 1981 ten brave men died so that their comrades to follow may have political status.

In 2011 the British Government are still trying to criminalize us.

DON’T LET THEM.

PLEASE ATTEND THIS MEETING AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE MAGHABERRY POWs.

Time
26 May · 19:00 – 22:00

Location
Shamrock Club, Ardoyne

 

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Commemorating three years of struggle In Ni’lin. جمعة هدم الجدار-نعلين

English below:

تتشرف اللجنة الشعبية لمقاومة الجدار والاستيطان -موقع نعلين بدعوتكم للمشاركة في
المسيرة المركزية السلمية الحاشدة يوم الجمعة الموافق 27.05.2011 تحت عنوان مسيرة الحرية وهدم الجدار,ودلك بمناسبة دخول بلدة نعلين عامها الرابع في المقاومة الشعبية ضد جدار الضم والنهب العنصري.

حيث ستقام صلاة الجمعة بالقرب من جدار الفصل العنصري تحت اشجار الزيتون لنثبت للمحتل اننا لن نتخلى عن شجرة زيتون واحدة ولا شبر من اراضينا.
سيكون تاريخ بناء الجدار على ارض نعلين هو نفسه تاريخ هدمه.
كما وسيشارك في المسيرة قياديون شعبيون واعضاؤ لجان مركزية , وسيقوم المتظاهرون بهدم الجدار الاسمنتي كما هدموه اول مرة في عام 2009.
ستنطلق المسيرة الساعة الثانية عشر والنصف ظهرا. نرجو من الجميع المشاركة
ودمتم دخرا لوطنكم وبلدكم الحبيب نعلين

لمحة صغيرة عن نعلين:
عانت بلدة نعلين على مر الزمان مند عام 1967 وحتى الان تم بناء خمسة مستوطنات غير قانونية على اراضيها وكدلك شارع 446 العنصري الدي قسم البلدة الى نصفين,لم يقف اهالي البلدة مكتوفي الايدي وكانوا يقاومون كل هده العمليات البشعه التي تهدف الى سرقة الارض وتهجير اهالي البلدة.دفعت البلدة ثمنا باهظا نتيجة مقاومة المحتل حيث سقط الشهداء والجرحي من خيرة ابناء هده البلدة.وكدلك كان مجموع مساحة اراضي البلدة ما يقارب 58000 دونم لم يتبقى منها الا 8000 دونم,كلها تم مصادرتها بحجة الامن وبناء المستوطنات الاسرائيلية الغير قانونية.

في عام 2004 بداجنود الاحتلال ببناء الجدار الفاصل على اراضي البلدة فهب اهالي البلدة رجالا ونساء ,اطفالا وشيوخا للتصدي للجرافات الصهيونية ,ونجح اهالي البلدة بعد عراك طويل في ايقاف عمل الجرافات وبناء الجدار لمدة اربع سنوات واستعادوا بعض الدونمات من اراضيهم.

في 27.05.2008 عاد جنود الاحتلال بسياسة عنفية لم يسبق لها مثيل من اجل بناء الجدار العنصري على اراضي البلدة
,وكان واجبا على اهل البلدة التصدي والدفاع عن اراضيهم فبدأوا بتنظيم الاحتجاجات السلمية المشروعه.ومن جهة اخرى واجه الجنود المسيرات السلمية بعنف شديد جدا لم يسبق له مثيل,بداية بمنع التجوال ثم الاعتقالات الليلية ثم احضار القناصة والاقتحامات والمداهمات للبلدة ليلا ونهارا ثم قتل خمسة من خيرة ابناء هده البلدة.
دفعت نعلين ثمنا باهظا جراء تصديها لاله القمع العسكرية الصهيونية حيث سقط مئات الجرحى الدين اصيبو برصاص القناصة الاسرائيليين
وسقط ايضا خمسة شهداء من ضمنهم طفل لم يتجاوز عمره 10 اعوام اسمه احمد موسى,هدا وتم اعتقال اكثر من 350 شخص من ابناء البلدةغالبيتهم ممن يشاركون في المسيرات السلمية,وقد تم رفض تصاريح غالبية رجال وشباب البلدة واصبح الفقر والبطالة يسودان البلدة,
الا ان كل هده الممارسات لم تكسر من ارادة اهالي نعلين حيت استطاعوا قص الجدار الالكتوني وهدم الجدار الاسمنتي المقام على اراضيهم,فقام الاحتلال باعتقال قيادات اللجنة الشعبية من اجل القضاء على استمرارية المسيرات الا انهم فشلوا في دلك.
وتستمر المقاومة…حتى نيل الاستقلال ودحر الاحتلال

join our peaceful huge demonstration commemorating the third anniversary of the start of the popular struggle in Ni’lin town. ni’lin is entering the forth year of struggle against the annexation wall,the march will be called the march of freedom and tearing down the annexation wall,it comes as a call to renew the call for the third uprising(Intifada). the friday prayer will be in the fields near the annexation wall to show the stead fast near our olive trees and lands,then moving forward the march to tear down the annexation wall and intering to our lands.

Back ground about ni’lin:

From the historical point of view, a large past of the town was annexed as a result of the newly-created Israeli state in 1948.since then,the town has been suffering boundlessly caused by the Israeli flargent violation to the human rights conuention and the international law as well. These violations includes grapping the land, building unlawful settlements and housing them with illegitimate immigrants. Dozens of Ni’lin’s people were killed,hundreds were injured and arrested while they were struggling for the honour of their country.
In 1967,the Israeli’s theift of land continued for building settlements in the southern past of the town. Despite the people’s belief of pacifism, they defended their land and resisted the grap. Although the israeli’s were subtle and influential, they couldn’t delude the international puplic opinion and the Palestinians are currently waging a diplomatic struggle in the international institutions to stop annexing the land and building settlements.
During the 1st intifada in 1980,the town took part and consequently lost a number of it’s freedom viterans and many were detained after long chasing and had juhilant reception after release. In 1990,the Town kept on protesting against building the settlements and the 446 street which divided the town into two separated parts. Our people paid with their life for their attempt to repulse a threat to our very survival.
In 2004,Israel disclosed it’s intention to build the apartheid-wall on our land for security reasons as they claim. In fact, it is meant to grap our land, suffocate our life and finally force people to transfer. This aggressive plan was met absolute rejection and peaceful protests by the people fo ni’lin regardless of their sex and age. The Israeli army did it’s almost to crack down those protests through the massive assault of tear gas,rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition,but all end in vain.
In 2008, the Israeli army took order from the Israeli supreme court to build the wall and suppress any disapproval or protest. The town immediately re-formed a larger committee for following the case lawfully,leading and organizing non-violent demonstrations on the ground. They again felt that their existence as at stake and struggle with their faith, will and determination. The army from the beginning dealt with the town very differently using aggressive,brutal and barbaric methods so as to stop the protests. Forexample, in one year and two months, they killed five of our dear and near ones namely Ahmed Mousa 9 years old, yousef Amireh 17 years old, Arafat khawaja 23 years old,muhammed khawaja 18 years old and Aqil srour 36 years old. They also band their fathers and other relatives from work permits.

A carfew was imposed on the town for three days. Vandalism and sadism deliberately inflicted on the people but their faith remained unshakened. Moreover, the army used to climb the top roofs and shoot tear gas canisters in random which caused fire in several houses and many people got suffocated from gas inhalation. They also used to terrorize and humiliate the families during the mid-night invasions aimed at arresting the activists and sentence them to long detention and paying indurable fines or bales.the wage for vengeance was clearly shown in detaining the committee leaders and charging them with incitement. That also reflected the army’s hooliganism and failure in suppressing our will and just struggle. No doubt, hundreds of people god injured and some were left handicapped and paralyzed but never loose faith. On the contrary, the town became more powerful,more united and more determined to live in peaceful existence with dignity and freedom. Finally, our people deeply express their deep sense of gralituele to the Israeli peace activists and the international solidarates whose role was clear in fostering and supporting our eagerness for self-determination. They also joined our protests and witnessed our painful and detesiorating living conditions. They therefore conveyed our message that calls for practical and immediate support from the free world. We have a joint-target, that is to end the ages of occupation and tyranny and have freedom,justice,equality and ever lasting peace instead.

 
Time
Tomorrow at 23:30 – Saturday at 02:30

Location
Ni’lin Town بلدة نعلين

 

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collusion was not an illusion !!The Rosemary Nelson inquiry has decided security services did not collude – but they did share her killers’ culture

 

Beatrix Campbell

Rosemary Nelson Inquiry

The Northern Irish lawyer Rosemary Nelson died in 1999, after a bomb exploded under her car. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

News Sport Comment Culture Business Money Life & style Travel Environment TV Blogs Data Mobile Offers Jobs Comment is free Rosemary Nelson – 10 years onThe Rosemary Nelson inquiry has decided security services did not collude – but they did share her killers’ culture Share7 Comments (54) Beatrix Campbell guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 25 May 2011 18.02 BST Article history The Northern Irish lawyer Rosemary Nelson died in 1999, after a bomb exploded under her car. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA It was 10 years ago this month that I revealed in the Guardian four suspects in the murder of Rosemary Nelson by car bomb in 1999, and how her death was foretold and profoundly desired by protestant paramilitaries who were intimate with police and security forces. The Northern Irish lawyer’s suspected killers include men who had been British agents and a serving soldier. The British government had been aware that she was in peril, but were irritated by the information rather than acting on it. The report published this week of the marathon £46m inquiry into allegations of collusion concluded that “the protective arm of the state was not put around” Nelson, that there was corporate failure and negligence by the Royal Ulster Constabulary, and that the Northern Ireland Office failed to get involved “proactively”. It also decided that there was no act of collusion implicating the police or security services. But there didn’t need to be a conspiracy. The light the report throws on the intelligence and police services reveals that they shared the culture of her killers. The inquiry heard the former’s catalogue of malicious slurs against Nelson that can only be described as institutionalised sexism and sectarianism. All this, according to the report, had the “effect of legitimising her as a target”. Loyalist paramilitary groups were heavily penetrated by the police, security service and military intelligence, who reported that the loyalists were planning a big hit in the weeks before the bomb was placed under her car. Intelligence staff reported that munitions were being moved from Belfast to the area where Nelson lived in Lurgan. One officer told the inquiry that he believed this related to a drugs deal not a murder plot. Did he really? Despite the intense activity nothing was done to thwart the attack on Rosemary Nelson. So what were they actually doing? The inquiry is emphatic: “… the state failed to take reasonable and proportionate steps to safeguard [her] life”. Was there a culture so sinister and symbiotic that threats were known and ignored? Were the security files scripted in such a way that no court in the land could convict anyone of anything? Was impunity guaranteed by a division of labour between paramilitaries, the military, the security services? It was not until this inquiry that the existence of secret files on Nelson was admitted. “Intelligence” was being gathered on her since 1994. But I suspect that these files were only given to the inquiry to skew its questioning: to demonise her and to discredit the investigation into her murder headed by an English officer drafted into Northern Ireland, Colin Port. No one has been convicted of the murder, but the Port inquiry identified suspects and is vindicated in this report as “exhaustive, energetic and enterprising”. Port had been denied access to any secret service files. Every inquiry into the murder until this one was led to believe, implausibly, that there were none. The RUC chief constable at the time, Ronnie Flanagan, denied at the inquiry the existence of a security file on Nelson, just as he denied ever impugning her, and denied knowledge of his own officers’ attempts to bug Nelson. Now, the poison masquerading as intelligence that was aired day in, day out at the inquiry attracts thousands of words in the report. But, ultimately, the attempt to ruin Nelson’s reputation galvanised a different conclusion in the report: that enmity towards this woman was endemic. It provided protection to those who could not tolerate a woman being a brave diligent lawyer in a jurisdiction where, as she put it, “it is life-threatening to be a lawyer”. That jurisdiction is called the United Kingdom.