Monthly Archives: July 2011

UN gave NATO a mandate to destroy Libya with uranium-bombs

NATO’s Air Assault On Libya: Almost 17,000 Sorties, 6,387 Strike Sorties. NATO uses Depleted Uranium and bombs with an UN mandate.

Internalized Depleted Uranium (DU) can cause kidney damage, cancers of the lung and bone, skin disorders, neurocognitive disorders, chromosome damage, immune deficiency syndromes and rare kidney and bowel d

iseases. Pregnant WOMEN exposed to DU may give birth to infants with genetic defects. Once the dust has vaporized, don’t expect the problem to go away soon. As an alpha particle emitter, DU has a half life of 4.5 billion years.

Photo: victim of Depleted Uranium

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Brendan Lillis: campaigners go on hunger strike

‘Release Brendan Lillis’ campaigners go on hunger strike

By Connla Young
Friday, 22 July 2011

Campaigners calling for the release from jail of a seriously ill Belfast man convicted of possessing explosives over three decades ago have begun a hunger strike.

West Belfast man Brendan Lillis is currently being treated in the hospital wing of Maghaberry prison for Ankylosing Spondylitis, a type of arthritis that mainly affects the spine.

Last night his partner Roisin Lynch said the former IRA man is confined to bed and has just days to live.

The 59-year-old was sentenced to life in 1977 on explosives charges and served almost 16 years of that sentence before being released on licence in 1992.

After his recent arrest he was told he will have to serve the rest of his original life sentence.

All charges against Mr Lillis, who weighs just five stone, were shelved last year because he was deemed too unwell to stand trial.

Yesterday Mr Lillis’s partner of 12 years was joined by supporters at the site of the former Andersonstown RUC base where they began a hunger strike.

Roisin Lynch has shown her support for Mr Lillis.

She said: “I intend to stay on this protest until the end. I have tried everything over the past two years. I have contacted politicians and human rights groups but got nowhere. I have tried to meet with the minister for Justice David Ford but he won’t meet me and won’t speak to me.

“Brendan’s life is in his hands. If he dies it will be David Ford’s responsibility.”

Former IRA hunger striker Gerard Hodgkins served time in jail with Mr Lillis and is taking part in a token three-day fast in support of his friend.

He said: “Brendan has no political affiliations at all, he is on his own and has no-one to campaign for him. If this man is going to die he should be allowed to do so with his family and a bit of dignity.”

A spokesman for the Prison Service said: “The case is currently being considered by the Parole Commissioners, who, as an independent body, will consider all the evidence presented to them. This process is ongoing.

“Given the current circumstances applying to this case, there are not sufficient and exceptional grounds which would justify the release of Mr Lillis on compassionate grounds.”

Background

Brendan Lillis was arrested for his part in an attempted Tiger kidnapping in October 2009. A former prisoner his early release licence was revoked by then Secretary of State Shaun Woodward. Mr Lillis’s partner his called for his release from jail saying he only has days to live.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/release-brendan-lillis-campaigners-go-on-hunger-strike-16026395.html

Brendan Lillis: a call for help to the media

To The Media – We need your help – Brendan Lillis Is Dying Brendan Lillis has now lain in bed for 600 days, he is currently in a medical unit within HMP Maghaberry. His weight has plummetted to 5st 5lbs , his condition is called Ankylosing Spondylitis, this chronic incurable condition which has gone largely untreated, has saw Brendan deteriorate alarmingly, he is unable to walk as his spine is now fused, too weak to talk , and is going blind.

Since Dec. 2010 he has received just 4 therapy sessions. Doctors have stated to the Prison, that they are not now able to treat him with the measure of care that he requires. He requires specialist care in what little time he has left, this level of personal care is not available to him whilst he is incarcerated in prison. The Doctors have intimated that he has around 10 days to live.

Brendan was one of many prisoners released as part of the Good Friday Agreement, upon his release in 1994 he returned to his native West Belfast home, in 2009 he was detained on dubious evidence in relation to an attempted “Tiger Kidnapping” upon his arrest his licence was revoked. All charges have since been dropped and he is now serving out a sentence given him in the 1970’s !! Brendan Lillis spent over 16 brutal yrs in Long Kesh, 4 of which he spent on the blanket protest.

He is most certainly not a danger to anyone, his continued internment is in breach of The European Convention On Human Rights – Article 5 , the Right to Liberty and Security – specifically the duty owed by the State to inform him of the reason for his continued detention; and Article 6 – The Right to a fair trial, Brendan is also entitled to protection of EU HR Convention to the Provision Of Medical Services under Article 2 The Right To Life.

The outside world ie Europe and beyond , know next to nothing about Brendan Lillis and his agonising pending death at the hands of an uncaring & unsympathetic British Penal Establishment.

media by and large are wary of publishing news of this nature, but these are facts and the Public have every right to know, Brendan’s Partner Roisin has bravely battled the Powers that keep him, She has been a shining example of Dignified Campaigning, in the face of extreme adversity and insensitivity, and she has won the admiration of a legion of supporters.

The “Friends Of Brendan Lillis” campaign has amassed several thousand members worldwide, who are all frantically emailing, texting, lobbying, phoning politicians – the NI Secretary Of State , NI Justice Minister , UK & Irish Officials , Local & National News Outlets, Anyone who may listen !!

There are no winners in this campaign for the humanitarian release of Brendan Lillis, because whether he is released or not, he is DYING ! No one is looking to score Political points. Brendan meets all the guidelines and requirements for a compassionate and immediate release, yet the British Establishment only see fit to pass the buck from one Dept to another, meetings to arrange other meetings re Brendans fate !!

A smokescreen to stall long enough so that the humane decision never infact needs to be made, because by that time he will sadly have passed away.

If the unthinkable happens, then this campaign will not cease to be, because I for one, and thousands of others will keep fighting to let people know about Brendan Lillis, and a corrupt Justice system that is not fit for the purpose !!

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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=trueor 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

Photo: Brendan Lillis in Maghaberry prison (Northern Ireland)

Brendan Lillis dying: Some words to Justice Minister David Ford

Brussels, July 20th 2011

Dear Mister Ford,

If you would decide to show a little compassion for Brendan Lillis and Roisin Lynch, partner of Brendan, then I would strongly appreciate that, Mr. Ford.  Don’t see them as your political ennemies but as human beings, please.

I will write you a final letter today asking you again to release Brendan and I call for Brendan’s release on purely humanitarian grounds so that he might die at home.

Do not wait too long with your decision, Mr. Ford.

I heard that you want to organize now a new meeting ‘to discuss the medical condition’ of Brendan. I don’t think that it would be a good idea. It will be too late for Brendan and it would be just terrible for Roisin. It will also undermine the credibility of the representatives of the DUP, Sinn Féin, the Alliance Party, the Green Party and the Progressive Unionist Party who supported you to become Northern Ireland’s first Justice Minister in 38 years.

Jan Boeykens
Belgium
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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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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=trueor 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

Photo: Brendan Lillis

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

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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

Save Brendan Lillis, prisoner of consience!

Brendan Lillis like many other political prisoners currently held in the North of Ireland, is a prisoner of conscience.
His crime?
He dared defy the status quo with his differing opinion, and therefore was seen as refusing to engage in the process of ‘normalisation’, the delusion that the Irish national question has been solved.

To refuse to comply with ‘normalisation’ is treated as a very serious offence in either state on this island, especially in the North, were it is liable to see your reputation and standing blackened, even be forcibly ostracised and marginalised from society.

It is particularly grave to be a former republican prisoner, someone who has done his/her time to openly refuse compliance with normalisation, to be what has been coined by the pro-normalisation media as a ‘dissident republican’.
To be a former republican POW who is now an open ‘dissident’ republican is likely to make you fair game to be locked away in prison indefinitely without trial or sentencing by state forces in conjunction with the British court system.

It makes sense for the British controlled establishment through the Security services controlled and directed by British intelligence agencies, and British influenced judiciary to lock away former republican POWs who now are openly critical of the status quo in the North of Ireland.
Former and current republican POWs are held in high regard in republican and nationalist communities, their opinion means much to the people of these communities and therefore when an ex-POW vocally ojects to status quo, it irks the establishment who know the threat this poses to their agenda.
The fact that the United Ireland these ex-pows went to jail for is not on offer by the British occupiers,
their administration in the North and pro-British/pro-Good friday elements have forced ex-POWs to instead accept a reformed ‘Northern Ireland’ that has only benefited the pockets of an elite section of society mainly the conformist constitutional political parties both nationalist and unionist.
The sectarian bleak unjustly authoritarian nature of the North is still a reality for the vast majority.

This brutal and unjust practise of locking men and women away for no reason is known as internment by remand, and is condemned by all human rights organisations both official and unofficial
There are currently a large number of men and women interned in British controlled prisons in the North of Ireland, most former ex-political prisoners.
Brendan Lillis, a former political prisoner who served a particularly large sentence for IRA related activities dating back to the 1970’s, is one of these internees, but unfortunately Brendan’s situation is more worrying then most as Brendan is an extremely ill man.

Brendan was arrested and charged by security services regarding a ‘conspiracy to commit a tiger kidnapping’, yet despite the case being thrown out when it reached trial the British administration deemed the allegation enough alone to revoke Brendans license and since is being held a political hostage in Maghaberry prison, essentially locked away purely for his beliefs, a gross injustice.
This has being a very traumatic time for Brendan and his family due to the fact Brendan suffers from an extremely dehibilitating illness known as ankylosing spondylitis, which greatly affects the quality of his life.
It has gotten to the stage that Brendan’s wife feels he may die prematurely due to the strain his imprisonment is having on his health, it could be the case he may die in the next ten days.

This is a blatant case of cruel and unusual punishment, and the Irish and British establishments are completely oblivious even outright not care about his plight, the same can be said for near all mainstream political parties,
if Brendan dies, all are complicit attempt to murder.
Therefore it is up to any organisation, movement and individuals who care about Brendans plight now to act NOW before its too late, highlighting Brendans situation and putting pressure on those who can amend it.

What we want is simple,

Brendans immediate release from Maghaberry prison and his return to his family, were in turn he can seek proper medical assistance that can prolong his life.

Republicans and concerned republicans in the Leinster area have decided something needs to be done, and a number of protests, pickets, spread of information and other actions to highlight the case of Brendan Lillis will take place

All republican, socialists, anti-imperialists and concerned individuals are urged to help us in this task, regardless of political opinion nor stance, this is after all a humanitarian issue which every human being should be concerned about

There will be a picket on Wednesday 18th of July on the Bridge of peace, Drogheda Co Louth at 7pm, please make the effort to attend.
There will be other events and actions planned, so watch this space

Don’t let this man die in a British prison for nothing!

Save him now and set him free!

http://www.irishrepublican.net/forum/showthread.php?75048-Save-Brendan-Lillis-prisoner-of-consience!&p=1075783

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

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

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

Release Brendan Lillis: Action before the Parliament

PROTEST OUTSIDE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT, WED 20th JULY AT 12pm, ALL WELCOME, PLEASE SHOW TO SUPPORT TO TRY AND RELEASE BRENDAN LILLIS

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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#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

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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