Prisoners Northern Ireland: BBC News

July 12, 2011

Tonight BBC News night at 10:30pm is highlighting the issue’s about the implementation of the agreement and the humiliation, degradation and brutality against the Republican POW’s in Maghaberry prison.
Interviews will include one with Brendan Conway who is only released under fortnight ago and has first hand experience of the ill-treatment they are suffering.

Photo: Brendan Lillis – 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!

Friends of Brendan Lillis:

Sign the petition:​/releaseBrendylilli


2 Responses to “Prisoners Northern Ireland: BBC News”

  1. kruitvat Says:

    Brendan Lillis dies: Open Letter to the British Prime Minister…

    Brussels, 12 July 2011

    Prime Minister’s Office

    Dear Sir,

    During years and years, I am working about human rights, so well on a national as international level.

    I am very shocked by the violations of human rights and the many deaths and suicides in the prisons of Northern Ireland.

    I refer to the case of Brendan Lillis in the Maghaberry prison of Northern Ireland where 5 men died during the last months.

    Brendan Lillis is a very sick man. During several months, he is in bed. He cannot almost move or talk anymore. He can not eat or drink normally and risks every moment to die.

    I wrote to Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, who answered me that she ‘can not be helpfull’ while her service investigates since 2005 all the deaths in prisons.

    We contacted Justice Minister David Ford who seems not to be worried about the life of Brendan Lillis and the inhuman situations in prisons.

    May I pray you to intervene in this tragical case ?

    Yours faithfully,

    Jan Boeykens

    Werkgroep Morkhoven
    Contact the Prime Minister’s Office

  2. kruitvat Says:

    Committee of Justice…

    The Sinn Féin members which have refused to answer the emails of ‘Friends of Brendan Lillis’ for many months:

    Raymond McCartney (Vice Chair) AND committee members Sean Lynch (BOTH of which are former POW’S) & Jennifer McCann. AS our elected representatives (elected on a PSEUDO Irish Republican mandate!!), the onus is very much on them to deliver and for THEIR fellow Irish Republicans, and put the Queen’s shilling where their mouth is!!

    Friends of Brendan Lillis!/groups/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lillis

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