June 7, 2011

It is very clear now that the UK authorities will win time to murder Brendan with a so called natural death. It is a pure political isue for them. They see Brendan as an Irish political activist and former ennemy, not as a human being. It is a pure form of political revenge.

It is therefore that:

– they will not liberate him immediately to save his life;
– they are talking about a ‘psychologist’ while the medical report of Brendan says clearly that he is fysically very sick and that his weight has come to a very critical point now;
– they violate their own rules (the Northern Ireland Prison Service Corporate and Business Plan 2008/11, which states that prisoners’ access to health services must be appropriate to their needs and equivalent to those services available to the public);
– they violate the european and international rules on sick prisoners and torturous and degrading treatments;
– they will win time and suggest a meeting in July (after Brendan’s death);
– they do no allow that legal non government organizations and other ‘dangerous’ witnesses attend the meeting (if Brendan is still alive);
– they hope Brendan will die shortly after this meeting or possible release;
– they do not allow that an independant physician, a member of the european parliament or an independant observer of an international institution visit Brendan.

I also think that the British government is afraid of an European and international condemnation of their prison and human rights policies because there too many deads in UK prisons. But the members of the British government refuse to undertake structural measures and to solve the problems. Instead, they prefer human rights violations and new deaths in prisons to ‘improve’ their political image in the world.

Jan Boeykens, Werkgroep Morkhoven



  1. kruitvat Says:

    The UK government violates human rights, as we can see in the case of Brendan Lillis, the Irish prisoner who is detained in the British Maghaberry prison and risks to die.

    It is clear that the British Government lies about human rights….

    The British Government lies about human rights:

    Government, citizens and rights
    Human rights

    Anyone who is in the UK for any reason has fundamental human rights which the government and public authorities are legally obliged to respect. These became law as part of the Human Rights Act 1998.

    Human Rights Act
    The Human Rights Act 1998 gives further legal effect in the UK to the fundamental rights and freedoms contained in the European Convention on Human Rights. These rights not only impact matters of life and death, they also affect the rights you have in your everyday life: what you can say and do, your beliefs, your right to a fair trial and other similar basic entitlements.
    Most rights have limits to ensure that they do not unfairly damage other people’s rights. However, certain rights – such as the right not to be tortured – can never be limited by a court or anybody else.
    You have the responsibility to respect other people’s rights, and they must respect yours.
    Your human rights are:
    the right to life
    freedom from torture and degrading treatment
    freedom from slavery and forced labour
    the right to liberty
    the right to a fair trial
    the right not to be punished for something that wasn’t a crime when you did it
    the right to respect for private and family life
    freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and freedom to express your beliefs
    freedom of expression
    freedom of assembly and association
    the right to marry and to start a family
    the right not to be discriminated against in respect of these rights and freedoms
    the right to peaceful enjoyment of your property
    the right to an education
    the right to participate in free elections
    the right not to be subjected to the death penalty
    If any of these rights and freedoms are breached, you have a right to an effective solution in law, even if the breach was by someone in authority, such as, for example, a police officer.

    Exercising your human rights

    If you are in a situation in which you believe that your human rights are being violated, it’s advisable to see if the problem can be resolved without going to court by using mediation or an internal complaints body.
    Where you believe your rights have not been respected and you cannot resolve the problem outside court, you are entitled to bring a case before the appropriate court or tribunal in the UK. The court or tribunal will then consider your case.
    Friends of Brendan Lillis:

    The British Government about citizens and rights and human rights:

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