European Union: Violations of human rights in Ireland

May 27, 2011

After the examination of the high-level Irish Government delegation by the UN Committee against Torture on 23 and 24 May 2011, the situation in Irish prisons has deteriorated…


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:


Friends of Brendan Lillis:

Sign the petition:​/releaseBrendylilli


2 Responses to “European Union: Violations of human rights in Ireland”

  1. kruitvat Says:

    Mai 29, 2011

    Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
    Palais des Nations
    CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

    Dear Sir,

    Concerns: HMP MAGHABERRY Prison

    After the examination of the high-level Irish Government delegation by the UN Committee against Torture on 23 and 24 May 2011, the situation in Irish prisons has deteriorated…

    As you know the health situation of the 59 old prisoner Brendan Lillis who is detained in MAGHABERRY Prison, is very critical and he needs urgent hospitalisation.

    Another prisoner was found dead in his cell.

    The prisoner Harry Fitzsimons has recieved a severe beating this morning. They went into his cell this morning, holding their hands over his mouth and nose to stop his breathing, punching his face they broke his glasses he has cuts on his face, they tried to break his nose, one said hes unrecognisable, he has a suspected broken wrist an ribs due to the severe punching to his body, then they brutally ripped every stitch of clothing off his body.

    I just heard that the prisoners don’t have visit from their Priest, or any outside contact and that the prison facilitators, as provided for in Maghaberry’s own rules, are not allowed.

    I hear also that the screws are messing around with the mail and POWs may not be getting their mail.

    May I request your urgent intervention in this matter?

    I am waiting your answer.


    Jan Boeykens
    Faiderstraat 10
    1060 Brussels


    17 Old Road Ballinderry Upper County Antrim BT28 2PT
    Northern Ireland
    Phone No.
    028 92611888
    Governor / Director: Pat Maquire

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: