25 June · 14:00 – 18:00
After the Hamilton Cairde Na hEireann march, we welcome you along to our first function of the day.
We will have an afternoon of live music from An Spoirad and Erin’s Rogues.
This will be a pay at the door function. £3 for CnE member and £5 for non-members
13 June · 19:00 – 20:00
Laurel Glen, 208 Stewartstown Road, BT17 OLE West Belfast
PIPS, H.E.L.P. Who Cares, We Care, Out Reach Kids, Kick Start Your Heart and Positive Steps are organising a rally ‘ACTION 4 CHANGE’ Monday 13th June 2011 at 7pm.The location is Laurel Glen, 208 Stewartstown Road, BT17 OLE, West Belfast, beside Dairy Farm.The issue of mental health and suicide is everyone’s responsibility. We believe the time for action is now! Too many people are dying by suicide. The effect is devastating to family members and the community as a whole whereby everybody feels the pain. A response action plan needs to be put in place now. There needs to be a cross-departmental government approach to suicide prevention which needs to be treated with the utmost urgency. We all know someone who has been affected by this devasting issue.
The groups above are calling on the whole community to show your support for CHANGE. By attending we are sending a strong message that enough is enough.
Please invite all your friends. Thank you
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Tuesday-Sunday, 31 May-5 June, 2011
>>>>>> Feature: The Mavi Marmara massacre, one year on
As peaceful demonstrators continue to die at Israel’s border, a look
back at a notorious massacre of international human rights activists.
A year ago last week [May 31], the Israeli military intercepted the
International Freedom Flotilla in international waters as it headed for
On board the various boats making up the convoy were pro-Palestine
activists from all around the world, including Ireland. They were
attempting to break the illegal siege of Gaza and were carrying
shipments of humanitarian aid which they intended to deliver to the
What followed was a massacre. Nine activists on board the Mavi Marmara
were murdered by Israeli troops, while many more were seriously injured.
Those who survived were kidnapped and forcibly brought to Israel against
their will where they were interrogated, beaten and tortured in many
instances. Their passports were seized and other properties stolen. This
was an act of naked unprovoked aggression, international piracy and
So, a full year on from the massacre aboard the Mavi Marmara, many
questions remain to be answered.
What efforts are being made by the ‘international community’ to bring to
justice those who ordered and carried out this slaughter and other
Israeli war crimes?
What efforts are they making to bring an end to the inhumane and illegal
siege of Gaza?
What efforts are they making to force Israeli compliance with
international law, whether in relation to illegal settlements, its
apartheid wall or political repression?
What efforts are they making in relation to the kidnapping, internment
without trial and abuse and torture of prisoners, including hundreds of
Twelve months on and the answer to all the above is a shameful ‘none’.
The reality is, despite Israel’s claims to have eased the siege last
year and despite the opening by Egypt of the Rafah crossing last week,
Israel continues to illegally blockade Gaza. While the opening of the
Rafah crossing is welcome, it relates solely to the movement of people
and does not address the core issue of free movement of goods to and
from Gaza or the movement of people between Gaza and the West Bank,
which Israel continues to ban.
A UN report published in March this year said that Israel’s restrictions
continue to prevent any improvement in people’s lives and violate
international law [Click here to read the report in full].
According to the report, “As an occupying power, as well as in every
instance in which it exercises control over Gaza and its population,
Israel is bound by international humanitarian and human rights law
“This legal framework prohibits Israel from imposing restrictions that
are detrimental to the rights and needs of the population and which are
not strictly required by legitimate security needs. Such restrictions
may amount to collective punishment, which is prohibited under any
The report adds: “Israel must fully lift the blockade. This includes a
removal of restrictions on the import of construction materials and the
exports of goods, as well as a lifting of the general ban on the
movement of people between Gaza and the West Bank via Israel.
“Additionally, Israel must remove to the fullest extent possible the
current restrictions on the access of people to areas in the vicinity of
the perimeter fence and to sea waters along Gaza’s coast. When resorting
to the use of force, it must ensure that civilians and civilian objects
are not targeted, and that all necessary measures are adopted to prevent
or minimize the negative effect of attacks on the civilian population
and its property.”
As you read this, the former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic
is in custody awaiting extradition to face charges of war crimes
committed during the Balkans wars. The International Criminal Court has
said that the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has a case to answer for war
crimes committed by his troops bombing civilian areas. The US and
British military are currently involved in a bombing campaigning of
Libya supposedly to protect Libyan civilians and bring Gaddafi to
justice for his alleged crimes.
But no such effort has been made to bring Israel’s leaders to justice
for their crimes. In fact, much effort has been made to bolster the
zionist regime and protect their war criminal leaders. The British
government introduced measures to prevent the arrest of Israeli leaders
when in Britain, while Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu only
recently addressed the US Congress, where he was treated to a hero’s
reception despite the atrocities he is responsible for.
Despite condemning the attack on the flotilla last year, the European
Union has steadfastly refused to break off diplomatic and economic links
with Israel, with moves currently underway to start upgrading those
links even further. The Dublin government, despite saying there would be
“serious consequences” for Israel if they harmed any Irish citizens,
have also refused to take any meaningful action against them. Both the
previous and current administrations in Leinster House refuse to
countenance shutting down the Israeli embassy and severing all
diplomatic and economic links with the zionist state.
It is this shameful lack of action in defence of the rights of the
Palestinian people by governments and other institutions whose duty it
allegedly is to uphold human rights and international law that forced
activists to organise last year’s flotillas and other such actions.
Indeed, a second flotilla will now set sail for Gaza in late June. This
will comprise of more than 1,000 activists, including an Irish ship with
many Irish activists onboard.
Outlining the reasons for the second flotilla, Irish Ship to Gaza
coordinator Fintan Lane said: “Israel has no right to treat the people
of Gaza as inmates in what has become the world’s largest prison. This
amounts to collective punishment, and as such is a violation of
international humanitarian law. Irish Ship to Gaza is part of a
broad-based, grassroots international movement of concerned citizens who
are committed to peacefully uphold the fundamental rights of the
Palestinian people in the face of continuing inaction by our
Already, Israel has issued threats to use military force once again to
prevent the flotilla getting through to Gaza. With this threat of
piracy, kidnapping and other violations of international law, as well as
the events of last year in mind, you would think that the ‘international
community’ and governments around the world would be intervening to hold
the Israelis to account and ensure safe passage for this humanitarian
Their response, however, has been truly shameful. Rather than ensuring
Israel complies with international law and insisting that they will be
held to account for their crimes if they attack the flotilla, various
governments and institutions such as the UN have ceded to pressure from
Israel and are instead trying to prevent the flotilla from being able to
depart for Gaza at all.
It is the warped logic of ignoring the crimes of the perpetrator and
shifting the blame onto the victim of those crimes. Indeed, if the UN
took meaningful action and ensured the ending of the siege there would
be no need for this or any other flotilla.
The bottom line is that the Palestinian people continue to live under a
brutal military occupation. Peaceful protests continue to be attacked by
Israel. Palestinian civilians continue to be murdered by Israeli troops.
Palestinian land continues to be stolen as illegal settlements and the
illegal apartheid wall continues to be built.
While Palestine remains occupied, it is our duty as Irish socialists and
republicans to give whatever practical support and solidarity to the
Over the coming weeks let us all redouble our efforts and help to end
the siege of Gaza, to bring an end to the apartheid Israeli regime and
to secure freedom at last for the Palestinian people.
For more information on the upcoming flotilla, go to
For more information on the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
(IPSC), go to www.ipsc.ie.
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Tuesday-Sunday, 31 May-5 June, 2011
>>>>>> Support grows for Maghaberry campaign
Up to 500 people gathered outside the gates of the notorious Maghaberry
prison in Lisburn on Sunday afternoon in protest at the treatment of
republican prisoners at the jail.
Despite a number of cars and buses being stopped by the PSNI and
prevented from attending, relatives and supporters of the prisoners were
happy with the turnout.
Conditions for prisoners have deteriorated in recent weeks, with an
increase in beatings, degrading strip searches and other human rights
Last August, following talks with the British authorities, an agreement
was reached to end strip searching before domestic and legal visits.
However, over the last few weeks, around 15 prisoners have been holding
their own protest after the agreement was unilaterally binned by the
In addition to the beatings, the prisoners are now being subjected to
23-24 hour lock-up and many have been forced to begin a no wash protest.
Newry Councillor David Hyland said the Six-County Justice Minister David
Ford was holding out on information that could bring the protests to an
“The minister, we believe, has had a set of recommendations for the
assessment which would clarify it for us and bring this protest to an
end,” Mr Hyland said
“He has had this since January of this year and he hasn’t acted on it –
the big question for us is why.”
Runai ginearalta eirigi Breandan Mac Cionnaith added his party’s support
for the protest.
He said: “The situation in Maghaberry jail has reached crisis point.
Republican prisoners are being brutalised and assaulted by gangs of
prison officers on an appallingly regular basis – the latest victim
being Harry Fitzsimons as recently as Monday.”
He said the situation was “intolerable” and “goes against not just the
August 12 agreement but every notion of humane treatment.”
“Policy in Maghaberry prison is currently being dictated by the
notoriously sectarian Prison Officers Association, with all the negative
consequences that that entails.
“Pressure must be placed on the British government to face down these
bigots and implement a humane prison regime, in line with the August 12
agreement. Ultimately, only the full restoration of political status for
political prisoners will resolve the conflict in Maghaberry.”
Sinn Fein’s Raymond McCartney called for the outstanding agreement
between prisoners and the prison administration to be implemented in
full “as a matter of urgency”.
“It is important that prisoners rights are protected and that human
rights are to the fore of the prison regime,” he said.
“I will be pressing the prison administration and the Justice Minister
on the mater to ensure that this is done. The situation cannot be
allowed to deteriorate any further and a resolution must be forthcoming
without further delay.”
“The revoking of Marian Price’s licence is completely unacceptable.
“The move by Owen Paterson amounts to detention without trial; this runs
contrary to natural justice. The Justice system must be human rights
based and the revoking of Marian Price’s licence is totally
“Sinn Fein raised our concerns on this issue with the British Secretary
of State at the time of Marian Price’s arrest and will continue to do so
in the interests of justice and the human rights of the individual.”
Harry was severely beaten on saturday 28th of may, we had a visit with him the next day Sunday 29th, Myself his partner Paula and his 4yr old daughter and 5yr old son, After being verbally abused by loyalist screws on the way in, we then had to wait 3…0 minutes in the visiting room for them to bring Harry in last, as all the other p.o.w’s were brought in first. When they finally brought him in,We knew what to expect but were shocked at the state of his face multiple cuts an bruises, when i gently hugged him he was in pain he said his ribs were so sore, his jaw an chin is swollen also his wrist, we cant say they’r broken because he hasnt had any medical attention, no xrays no painkillers, nothing. He said they entered his cell and forced him to the ground, kicking and punching him to the face and body smashing his glasses into his face causing the cuts and bruising, they held his arms behind his back while covering his mouth an nose so he couldn’t breath and pass out, still kicking him and punching him, they trailed him over to the radiator by the hair whilst naked, to bash his face off it, this went on for full 20 minutes non-stop, whilst trailing his clothes off his body and all through the ordeal they were screaming into his face ‘your nothing’ ‘dirty bastard’ and ‘no good scumbag’ Harry said this was an unprovoked attack, other pow’s confirmed this on the visit yesterday. he requested to see a Doctor yesterday after the beating and still hasnt seen one I phoned maghaberry prison Sunday morning before the visit and was put through to Roe house, I enquired about the reports that were coming out of the prison about Harry getting a beating from the riot squad and laughily they told me ‘They dont beat their prisoners and no ones been beaten in here’ and ‘sure you can see him yourself when you come up to visit him today’ and hung up. As we all seen for ourselves not surprisingly, They were lying once again. I found out an hour after the phonecall it was actually the riots squad i was conversing with as they are running the wing. The p.o.w’s visitors were outside after the visit and each of them, appaulled and disgusted they were not surprised at this brutal assault on our p.o.w’s and agreed to fill out a complaints form for Pauline Mc Cabe the ombudsman for maghaberry to say how they witnessed the injuries Harry sustained from this vicious attack. I as his sister plead with anyone who reads this to please get in touch with their local councillor, human rights and anyone else who they think may be of some help to get the 12th of August agreement implimented. Anyone can phone this number here in belfast and leave message for Monica Mc Williams about the beatings p.o.w’s in maghaberry prison, she works for human rights and is a dedicated worker in this field its 02890 243987 HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS Irish Council for Civil Liberties, 9-13 Blackhall Place, Dublin-7 Ph: +353-1-799 4504 Fax: +353-1-799 4512 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org NEW ADDRESS: Association for the Prevention of Torture, Route des Morillons 5 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex Association for th…e Prevention of Torture PO. Box 2267 CH-1211 Geneva 2 SWITZERLAND E-mail : email@example.com Website : www.apt.ch Fax : +41 (22) 919 21 80 Phone : +41 (22) 919 21 70 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL International Secretariat The International Secretariat is responsible for the majority of the organization’s research and leads our campaigning work, based in London, UK.Telephone: +44-20-74135500Fax +44-20-79561157 Address: 1 Easton Street London WC1X 0DW, UK Committee on the Administration of Justice – CAJ 2nd Floor, Sturgen Building 9-15 Queen Street Belfast BT1 6EA Tel – 028 9031 6000 Fax – 028 9031 4583 Email – firstname.lastname@example.org British Irish Rights Watch 13b Hillgate Place London SW12 9ES email: email@example.com fax: (+44) 020 8772 9162 Human Rights Watch in Northern Ireland Ulster Human Rights Watch, PO Box 163, Lisburn, Northern Ireland, BT28 3UN, tel. 07759212861 Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Temple Court 39 North Street Belfast Northern Ireland BT1 1NA Tel: +44 (0) 28 9024 3987See more
3PM TOMORROW MAGHABERRY, PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT AND IF YOU COULD SHARE THE DETAILS ABOUT THE PROTEST IT WOULD BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.
SUPPORT OUR P.O.W’s against the Loyalist prison regime
This happened in Long Kesh in the 70’s it is now happening in Maghaberry Today
H…elp Stop it now Phone your Local councillor, human rights and anyone else who they think may be of some help to stop the abuse of our p.o.w’s in Roe house in Maghaberry prison and to get the 12th of August agreement implimented.
Pauline Mc Cabe is the Ombudsman for Maghaberry and deals with complaints, shes entitled to make unannounced visits to the gaol, its freephone 08007836317, her office 02890443982 or email her firstname.lastname@example.org
or Monica Mc Williams about the beatings p.o.w’s in maghaberry prison, she works for human rights and is a dedicated worker in this field its 02890 243987See more