In a human rights campaign of Amnesty International, Justice Minister Ford of Northern Ireland (Alliance Party) ‘voted for Justice’…
Is this a justice whereby he let die a very sick man as Brendan Lillis in prison because he don’t want that this man dies at home ?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/a​mnestyni/5431047906/in/set-721​57626011181898/


David Ford Alliance Party MLA for South Antrim
www.flickr.com

David Votes for Justice for Victims of Trafficking and Institutional Child Abuse in Northern Ireland and support for victims of injustice abroad. More details on the campaign: www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp​?CategoryID=11993

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Brendan Lillis is a republican political prisoner currently being held captive in Maghaberry Gaol for taken …part… in PIRA activity back in the 70’s. The initial robbery charges against Brendan that led to his licence being revoked in 2009 have since been withdrawn. Brendan suffers from a condition known as “Ankylosing Spondylitis” and has been confined to bed for the past two years, and giving only a short time to live, he weighs just under 5 stone.
The commissioners said today that they still consider Brendan as a ‘danger to the public’. The statement comes after weeks of protests and hunger strikes, and after several activists were arrested as a ‘dissident’.
There is no reason what so ever as to why the British State should continue to hold this seriously ill man captive any longer. Please come along and show your support for Brendan and demand his immediate release.

More info:
– Friends of Brendan Lillis
https://www.facebook.com/group​s/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lillis?re​f=ts
– Roisin Lynch speaking for the release of her partner Brendan Lillishttp://youtu.be/lrVDu_fnKtE

Photos: Minister Ford – Brendan Lillis, dying

Date: Thu, 2011-07-21 

Roisin Allsop, partner of political prisoner is to begin a 3 day hunger strike along with supporters tomorrow in West Belfast to highlight his case and demand his release based on humanitarian grounds. A meeting was also held this week in Derry attended by over 200 people to highlight ongoing state repression and brutality on the inside. Protests are also taking place across Ireland and in London.

Below is a press release released on behalf of Brendan Lillis

‘Brendan Lillis is currently a prisoner in Maghaberry Prison where he is serving a sentence for explosive offences in 1976. Brendan suffers from the condition ankylosing spondylitis and has been confined to bed for the best part of the past two years.

Brendan Lillis is no threat to anybody. Brendan Lillis is dying and has been abandoned by an entire political system which is more interested in making statements about his condition than in applying their political power to remedy the situation.

We call for the immediate release of Brendan Lillis to his partner Roisin so that whatever time Brendan has left on this earth be spent with his immediate family.

Brendan Lillis can not walk; he can not get up from his bed. He is incapacitated, and he is being left alone to die in a prison cell. We have seen enough of our people die in prison cells and find the manner in which Brendan is being treated as an obscenity.

A hunger strike in support of Brendan Lillis will commence this Thursday 21st July at the site of the old Andersonstown Barracks, Belfast. Roisin Lynch, partner of Brendan Lillis will be joined by old comrades of Brendan’s from the Blanket protest days and other former prisoners and concerned individuals. The action is designed to highlight Brendan’s case and the lack of any movement in securing his release from the politicians who know Brendan and knew him as a Blanketman.

Time is fast running out for Brendan Lillis and he should be released immediately.

We call on all people concerned with this grave injustice to come along on Thursday, Friday or Saturday and register your support for a sick and dying man being held hostage by a vindictive and punitive regime.’

Brendan Lillis: BBC Radio Foyle discussion including a contribution from Roisin Allsop

Here is the link to listen to this again.

Click on http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b012m7nh

Then go forward to 1:05:05

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http://www.wsm.ie/c/brendan-lillis-partner-solidarity-hunger-strike

Ms Campbell Speech Andytown – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v​=wCt1DyQv0bQ&feature=related

Gerard Hogkins Speech Andytown – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v​=OuRjhWg1hXE&feature=related

Roisin’s Speech Andytown – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v​=lrVDu_fnKtE

Derry Journal 23rd July – http://www.derryjournal.com/ne​ws/local/families_support_lill​is_campaign_1_2893702

Belfast 32 – http://belfast32.blogspot.com/​2011/07/72-hour-fast-for-brend​an-lillis_22.html

Utv Latest from Andytown – http://www.u.tv/utvplayer/vide​o/138104/113062

Republican Socialist News – http://www.irsp.ie/news/?p=344

Belfast Telegraph – http://www.belfasttelegraph.co​.uk/news/local-national/northe​rn-ireland/release-brendan-lil​lis-campaigners-go-on-hunger-s​trike-16026395.html

Eirigi Statement – http://www.eirigi.org/latest/l​atest220711.html

Prisoners Action Group – http://prisoners-action-group.​skynetblogs.be/archive/2011/07​/22/actions-for-dying-brenda-l​illis-are-a-success.html

From Corsica – http://infurmazione.unita-nazi​unale.org/5016/brendan-lillis-​prisonnier-politique-est-en-tr​ain-de-mourir-en-prison/2011/

WorkersSolidarityMovement – http://www.wsm.ie/c/brendan-li​llis-partner-solidarity-hunger​-strike

IrishFreedomCommittee – http://www.irishfreedomcommitt​ee.net/POWs/BRENDAN_LILLIS.htm

HumanRightsGroup – http://humanrightsgroup.wordpr​ess.com/2011/07/19/northern-ir​eland-brendan-lillis-dying-in-​maghaberry-prison/

UTV 21st July – http://www.u.tv/News/Blanketme​n-join-call-for-prisoners-rele​ase/e781f523-690e-4ff6-b080-a4​36525ad8f9

IrishCentral.com New York – http://www.irishcentral.com/ne​ws/Northern-Ireland-man-held-i​n-jail-over-1976-crime-despite​-having-served-his-sentence–V​IDEO-125943423.html

Prisoners Action Group – http://prisoners-action-group.​skynetblogs.be/archive/2011/07​/21/northern-ireland-actions-f​or-brendan-lillis.html

SocialistWorker.org – http://www.www.socialistworker​.org/2011/07/21/let-brendan-li​llis-go-home

The Pensive Quill 20th July – http://thepensivequill.am/2011​/07/on-bridge-of-peace.html

BeforeitsNews.com – http://beforeitsnews.com/story​/767/127/Irish_Prisoner_Facing​_Death.html

U.105 News – http://www.u105.com/LocalNews/​Hunger-strike-over-Maghaberry-​inmate/3dc377af-2cea-42e6-a366​-c907c5fc3a65

Derry Journal 19th July – http://www.derryjournal.com/ne​ws/local/hunger_strike_at_free​_derry_1_2878427

The Irish Observer – http://theirishobserver.blogsp​ot.com/2011/07/brenda-lillis-m​aghaberry-jail-600-days.html

Workers Solidarity Movement – http://www.wsm.ie/c/release-br​endan-lillis-now

Hub Pages iskra1916 – http://iskra1916.hubpages.com/​hub/Brendan-Lillis-Irish-Priso​ner-Being-Allowed-To-Die-in-Ma​ghaberry-Gaol

Human Rights Movement Belgium – http://mensenrechten-droits-de​-lhomme.skynetblogs.be/archive​/2011/07/20/actions-for-brenda​n-lillis-hungerstrike-thursday​-21st-july-2.html

Derry 32 csm – http://www.derry32csm.com/

IRISH REPUBLICAN NEWS – http://republican-news.org/cur​rent/news/2011/07/blanketman_o​n_the_threshold.html

Human Rights Group – http://humanrightsgroup.wordpr​ess.com/2011/07/19/northern-ir​eland-brendan-lillis-dying-in-​maghaberry-prison/

Derry Sinn Fein – http://www.derrysinnfein.ie/ne​ws/20196

SDLP – http://www.sdlp.ie/index.php/n​ewsroom_media/newsarticle/east​wood_calls_on_sos_to_help_secu​re_release_of_brendan_lillis/

The Pensive Quill aka Anthony McIntyre – http://thepensivequill.am/2011​/07/brendan-lillis-press-relea​se.html

WordPress – http://prisonsofshame.wordpres​s.com/2011/07/20/brendan-lilli​s-dying-some-words-to-justice-​minister-david-ford/

Troops Out Movement – http://www.troopsoutmovement.c​om/campaigns.htm

Organised Rage Blog – http://www.organizedrage.com/2​011/07/brendan-lillis-press-re​lease.html

UTV – http://www.u.tv/News/Hunger-st​rike-over-Maghaberry-inmate/3d​c377af-2cea-42e6-a366-c907c5fc​3a65

Audio from Pilots Row meeting – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v​=xPlrXlHcyIo&feature=youtu.be

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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!

Photo: Brendan Lillis, Maghaberry prison, Northern Ireland

Become member of the group Friends of Brendan Lillis:

https://www.facebook.com/group​s/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lillis?re​f=ts

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, dying in Maghaberry prison

In Belgium the Minister of Justice accepted, what is called, the ‘release on conditions’ of political prisoners who were very sick or dying.

Justice Minister Ford of Northern Ireland, can do the same in the case of Brendan Lillis, if he wants. But it is a pure political case for him. He is afraid that the release of Brendan, will be seen as a victory by ‘a small number of prisoners and their allies outside the prisons’.

On 7 May 2010, speaking of an incident that took place in Roe House at Maghaberry Prison he said: “This is the latest in a series of actions by a small number of prisoners, designed to form the impression that they are being mistreated. Just as their allies outside the prisons are trying to take Northern Ireland backwards by their campaign of violence, these prisoners are trying to take prisons backwards. They seem determined to create conditions which they will then complain about, but they will have no-one to blame but themselves.”

Minister Ford is also afraid for an investigation to the prison system in Northern Ireland. During the latest months, there were 5 deaths in the Maghaberry prison in Northern Ireland. He can not say, as was the case in 2010, that this is ‘the latest in a series of actions by a small number of prisoners, designed to form the impression that they are being mistreated.’ Because nobody will believe that.

Ford thinks as a real politician who wants to survive as a politician and who is not able anymore to think in a human way.
He has apparently chosen for his own political position. That is why Brendan has to die.

http://www.dojni.gov.uk/ford_c​ondemns_dissident_action_at_ma​ghaberry

Photo: Justice Minister David Ford, responsible for the prison policy in Northern Ireland

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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=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

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.

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A testimony: ‘I only get to see bl 2 hours a week. His arm is white and the rest of him is a bit red. He cant move his fingers and sleeps most of the time. He is laying flat on his side, he said he was really hot on my last visit with him and the bed sheets were soaken with sweat. They have been trying to take blood but the vains keep collapsing not sure if they have got any yet. They run out of the urine cardboard things he uses to pass water in. So he has to keep using the same 1 they rinse it at the sink in his cell. And the unit beside his bed is stinking. He trys to drink water but it comes back up. He sips tea through a straw.  Thats the way hes been laying for months, he cant get onto his back at all with the pain. Thats why they took his tooth out in his cell bed its the only position he can just about tolerate. The slightest movement makes him cry out. His condition is critical, he needs to be transported straight to an intensive care unit.’

The news about Brendan Lillis was on a radio in New York:

http://archive.wbai.org/fi​les/mp3/wbai_110709_130037​rfeireann.mp3this
John McDonagh, Sandy Boyer
WBAI 99.5 FM, Pacifica Radio in NYC

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More info:

Friends of Brendan Lillis https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_182248348494841#!/home.php?sk =group_132734503459781

http://beforeitsnews.com/story/767/127/Irish_Prisoner_Facing_Death.html

Here is a link for sample letters, printable petitions, and contact info: http://www.irishfreedomcom​mittee.net/POWs/BRENDAN_LI​LLIS.htm

Write to David Ford, Justice Minister. It will just take a minute to write a simple letter to tell him Brendan Lillis being held at Maghaberry is a cruel and inhuman treatment, and that he should be released.  Publish your letter on the Internet. Afterwards, the minister has not to come with the excuse that he ‘knew nothing about the tragical case’…

David Ford, Justice Minister
Department of Justice – Block B
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate
Belfast
Northern Ireland
BT4 3SG

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Photo: Brendan Lillis

The group ‘Friends of Brendan Lillis’ has now 720 members.  You can save Brendan Lillis life or prevent that he is dying as a dog in prison by writing to all kind of authorities, international associations of human rights, news agencies, embassies, members of European Parliament.   Share this information !

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’ ?

Photo: members of government