People working for the State, come always with the same nonsense: ‘He is a danger for the public’. OK, some persons are a danger for the public. But how can a man as Brendan Lillis who was locked up during 20 years in one of the most inhuman prisons of the world, who is very sick and can not longer eat, who lies now during 450 days in bed and who risks to die one of the coming days, still be a ‘danger for the public’ ?

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Motion relating to Maghaberry prisoners successfully passed in Newry & Mourne Council

I’m just back from the Newry & Mourne Council monthly meeting. I raised the prisoners plight highlighting the fact that the previous Council had agreed to send a delegation to investigate the prisoners concerns but postponed it when the August 12th agreement 2010 was passed. I proposed a motion that, in the light of the continued strip searching of prisoners it is vital that a Council delegation visit the prisoners as a matter of urgency. The motion was passed without objection.

Cllr. Davy Hyland

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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

The meeting in July in the case Brendan Lillis, is unacceptable. You can not let die someone in prison and organize a meeting after his death. This is a declaration of war by the British Government to anyone who works for Human Rights and for the Rights of political prisoners.

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