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.

Liberation Irlande

 

Photos des actions de solidarité du 21 mai

 

DISCRIMINATION AGAINST REPUBLICAN WOMEN PRISONERS

 

Republican Women Prisoners

Discrimination against Republican Women Prisoners

 

A policy of discrimination against Republican women prisoners has been blatently and systematically exercised since the opening of Maghaberry prison in 1986.

Lock-Ups

In recent years the NIO [Northern Ireland Office] abolished lock-up [confinement to cell] for ALL prisoners in Long Kesh and for male prisoners in Lagan House, Maghaberry. More recently, lock-up was also done away with for two women on A2 in Mourne House in Maghaberry. The ending of lock-up has not been extended to Republican women prisoners who continue to be locked from 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm and from 8.30 pm to 8.00 am, a total of 12.5 hours daily.

The official reason given by NIO for ending lock-up in Long Kesh was the lack of jail sanitation there. However there are toilets in all cells in Maghaberry, and yet the NIO went on to abolish lock-up for many prisoners here. The NIO have set out published criteria which they say a prisoner must meet in order to have the lock-up ended although this applies only to prisoners Maghaberry. The first criteria is that a prisoner must have been in prison for at least 8 years. Several Republican women prisoners meet this condition and yet have not had lock-up ended. The second criteria is that the prisoner must be on low or medium as opposed to a `High risk’ security classification. We believe that the imposition of this particular criteria is designed to exclude Republican women from having their lock-up ended because Republicans are generally kept on high security classifications until they are released from prison. Added to this, many of the men who are in Lagan House, Maghaberry, and thus have no lock-up, were `high risk’ security until entering Lagan house but then this classification was conveniently lowered to medium or low risk to suit the criteria set out by the NIO.

Also, some prisoners have been kept in Lagan House who did not meet the criteria at all. Paul Kavanagh for example, was a category A’, maximum risk prisoner and yet he was held in Lagan House during his stay in Maghaberry. All of this demonstrates how useless the criteria set out by the NIO is and why it is that Republican women should not be prevented from having their lock-up ended on the basis of such criteria.

In addition, earlier in the year, the No.1 Governor here in Maghaberry suggested that if Republican women prisoners wanted to be treated the same as our male counterparts in Long Kesh, including having lock-ups ended, we would have to move to the H Blocks in order to receive that treatment. In response to this suggestion, we drew up a document inquiring about the nature of living accomodation women prisoners could expect to receive in the H-Blocks, as well raising questions about educational and other facilities there. The NIO have been in possession of this document since early February 1997 and in all that time not only have they not answered our queries, they have also failed to acknowledge receipt of the document altogether. Since the governor here offered to move Republican women prisoners to the H-Blocks where lock-up for us would be automatically ended, this makes ridiculous the notion that our security classifications are an all important factor in preventing our lock-up from being ended here. It also makes nonsense of the idea that we must be in prison a certain length of time before lock-up can be ended. The governor felt that our lock-up could not be abolished within Maghaberry because this would mean having to extend this facility to all prisoners in Maghaberry, something which the governor did not want to do. The fact though that Paul Kavanagh and others were situated in Lagan House despite not meeting the criteria there means that the NIO is unconcerned with appearing to favour some prisoners and not others. Also, the No. I governor of Maghaberry has stated that even if a prisoner meets all of the relevant criteria they may never enter Lagan House and have lock-up ended simply because their general conduct has given the governor reason for concern. Again, this further example of the criteria being side-stepped or ignored demonstrates that the criteria is senseless in the first place and should not be used to prevent lock-up for Republican women prisoners being abolished.

Telephones

The existence of 12.5 hours lock-up each day results in Republican women prison havone only limited access to telephones. Whereas the hundreds of prisoners with no lock-up can make calls any time day or night, Republican women prisoners find that they are unable to contact family members, friends and legal advisors simply by being unable make telephone calls after 8.30pm.

Education

Education facilities within the womens’ prison have always been inferior to those enjoyed on the male side.

The education wing in the male prison is available in the evenings and at weekends when staffing levels permit, but for women prisoners evening and weekend access is never an option, regardless of staffing levels. Republican women prisoners do not ask for special privilege status but demand parity of treatment. By allowing certain conditions and `privileges’ to some prisoners but not extending the same to Republican women, the NIO is guilty of operating a policy of discrimination for which there can be no justification. What seems ironic is that in those areas where women were viewed as having an advantage over male prisoners, such as having more items allowed in parcels and having tissues and deodorants supplied through prison stores, governors and the NIO moved quickly to relieve this situation. They cut down on womens’ parcels and stopped supplying tissues and deodorants to women prisoners. The Governor and NIO are keen to ensure that they do not appear to discriminate in favour of women prison, but do not seem at all concerned about their practice of treating women in an inferior way in important areas of life. When it was pointed out to the No 1 Governor that it is unfair to treat women in this way he simply stated that `life is not fair’.

October 1997

Archive: Discrimination against women POWs in Maghaberry

Derry Sceal

Came across this and was trying to put into perspective the fact that a 57 year old woman political internee now sits isolated in an all male prison and no outward signs of empathy or indeed condemnation towards those who interned her from those who fought for what they would have considered justice.  

A policy of discrimination against Republican women prisoners has been blatently and systematically exercised since the opening of Maghaberry prisonin 1986. 

Lock-Ups

In recent years the NIO [Northern Ireland Office] abolished lock-up [confinement to cell] for ALL prisoners in Long Kesh and for male prisoners in Lagan House, Maghaberry. More recently, lock-up was also done away with for two women on A2 in Mourne House in Maghaberry. The ending of lock-up has not been extended to Republican women prisoners who continue to be locked from 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm and from 8.30 pm to 8.00 am, a total of 12.5 hours daily. 

The official reason given by NIO for ending lock-up in Long Kesh was the lack of jail sanitation there. However there are toilets in all cells in Maghaberry, and yet the NIO went on to abolish lock-up for many prisoners here. The NIO have set out published criteria which they say a prisoner must meet in order to have the lock-up ended although this applies only to prisoners Maghaberry. The first criteria is that a prisoner must have been in prison for at least 8 years. Several Republican women prisoners meet this condition and yet have not had lock-up ended. The second criteria is that the prisoner must be on low or medium as opposed to a `High risk’ security classification. We believe that the imposition of this particular criteria is designed to exclude Republican women from having their lock-up ended because Republicans are generally kept on high securityclassifications until they are released from prison. Added to this, many of the men who are in Lagan House, Maghaberry, and thus have no lock-up, were `high risk’ security until entering Lagan house but then this classification was conveniently lowered to medium or low risk to suit the criteria set out by the NIO. 

Also, some prisoners have been kept in Lagan House who did not meet the criteria at all. Paul Kavanagh for example, was a category A’, maximum risk prisoner and yet he was held in Lagan House during his stay in Maghaberry. All of this demonstrates how useless the criteria set out by the NIO is and why it is that Republican women should not be prevented from having their lock-up ended on the basis of such criteria. 

In addition, earlier in the year, the No.1 Governor here in Maghaberry suggested that if Republican women prisoners wanted to be treated the same as our male counterparts in Long Kesh, including having lock-ups ended, we would have to move to the H Blocks in order to receive that treatment. In response to this suggestion, we drew up a document inquiring about the nature of living accomodation women prisoners could expect to receive in the H-Blocks, as well raising questions about educational and other facilities there. The NIO have been in possession of this document since early February 1997 and in all that time not only have they not answered our queries, they have also failed to acknowledge receipt of the document altogether. Since the governor here offered to move Republican women prisoners to the H-Blocks where lock-up for us would be automatically ended, this makes ridiculous the notion that our security classifications are an all important factor in preventing our lock-up from being ended here. It also makes nonsense of the idea that we must be in prison a certain length of time before lock-up can be ended. The governor felt that our lock-up could not be abolished within Maghaberry because this would mean having to extend this facility to all prisoners in Maghaberry, something which the governor did not want to do. The fact though that Paul Kavanagh and others were situated in Lagan House despite not meeting the criteria there means that the NIO is unconcerned with appearing to favour some prisoners and not others. Also, the No. I governor of Maghaberry has stated that even if a prisoner meets all of the relevant criteria they may never enter Lagan House and have lock-up ended simply because their general conduct has given the governor reason for concern. Again, this further example of the criteria being side-stepped or ignored demonstrates that the criteria is senseless in the first place and should not be used to prevent lock-up for Republican women prisoners being abolished. 

Telephones 

The existence of 12.5 hours lock-up each day results in Republican women prison havone only limited access to telephones. Whereas the hundreds of prisoners with no lock-up can make calls any time day or night, Republican women prisoners find that they are unable to contact family members, friends and legal advisors simply by being unable make telephone calls after 8.30pm. 

Education 

Education facilities within the womens’ prison have always been inferior to those enjoyed on the male side. 

The education wing in the male prison is available in the evenings and at weekends when staffing levels permit, but for women prisoners evening and weekend access is never an option, regardless of staffing levels. Republican women prisoners do not ask for special privilege status but demand parity of treatment. By allowing certain conditions and `privileges’ to some prisoners but not extending the same to Republican women, the NIO is guilty of operating a policy of discrimination for which there can be no justification. What seems ironic is that in those areas where women were viewed as having an advantage over male prisoners, such as having more items allowed in parcels and having tissues and deodorants supplied through prison stores, governors and the NIO moved quickly to relieve this situation. They cut down on womens’ parcels and stopped supplying tissues and deodorants to women prisoners. The Governor and NIO are keen to ensure that they do not appear to discriminate in favour of women prison, but do not seem at all concerned about their practice of treating women in an inferior way in important areas of life. When it was pointed out to the No 1 Governor that it is unfair to treat women in this way he simply stated that `life is not fair’. 

October 1997 

http://irlnet.com/saoirse/maghconditions.html

 

THE JOHN PERRY MEMORIAL CUP ( PIPS PROGRAMME )

PIPS Programmes 25 May at 11:29 Report
In Memory of John Perry
 

Location: St Malachys College, Antrim Road, Belfast
Time: Sunday, 29 May 2011 14:00