27-01-12

Affaire Vervloesem: La justice belge, "chasseur de pornographie infantile"

Parmi les CD-Roms du réseau Zandvoort qui sont disparus chez la Justice belge, figure le CD-Rom que le Werkgroep Morkhoven avait à l’époque transmis au Roi belge. La maison royale belge a fait parvenir alors ce CD-Rom au ministre de la Justice d’alors, Tony van Parijs (du parti Chrétien-Démocrate, CD&V), qui aurait normalement dû le mettre entre les mains des procureurs du Roi pour servir à ‘des fins d’enquête’.

Marcel Vervloesem est, après une nouvelle campagne des média qui aident à étouffer l'affaire Zandvoort (90.000 victimes), actuellement incarcéré à nouveau à la prison de Turnhout.  Le script de son livre où il décrit sa vie et ses actions avec le Werkgroep Morkhoven, a été saisi par la Justice.  Pendant 4 ans déjà il a un interdiction de contacter la presse et ses amis du asbl Werkgroep Morkhoven dont il est membre de la direction.  Marcel Vervloesem ne sait pas à contacter sa fille pendant 2 jours. C'est clair qu'on le veut isoler complètement.

Soutenez Marcel Vervloesem: Gevangenis Turnhout, t.a.v. Marcel Vervloesem, Cel 139, 2300 Turnhout

Werkgroep Morkhoven sur Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/groups/200250393321072/

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20-07-11

Maghaberry prison: Open Letter to Justice Minister David Ford

 

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#fre...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

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.Lilli...

Photo: Brendan Lillis, dying in Maghaberry prison

 

19-07-11

Brendan Lillis dying in Maghaberry prison: Justice Minister David Ford

 

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_a...

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#fre... 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...

Sign the petition:
www.petitionspot.com/petitions​/releaseBrendylilli

 

18-07-11

Maghaberry prison / Minister Ford: 'they give the impression that they are being mistreated'

 

FordIndiaTimes.jpg'THEY GIVE THE IMPRESSION THAT THEY ARE BEING MISTREATED'
Friday, 7 May 2010 - 
Ford condemns dissident action at Maghaberry

Speaking of the 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.”

The police are now investigating and criminal charges may ensue against the prisoners involved.

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!

Justice minister's secretary (02890763000): 'David Ford has no power to release Brendan, the British government has all the power to free him'.

During the latest months, there were 5 deaths in the Maghaberry prison of Northern Ireland.

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Friends of Brendan Lillis: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lillis...

Sign the petition: www.petitionspot.com/petitions​/releaseBrendylilli

 

17-07-11

Brendan Lillis: Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney calls for immediate release

16 July, 2011 - Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney , has called for the immediate release of Brendan Lillis, currently being held in Maghaberry Prison. He was speaking after meeting Brendan Lillis in Maghaberry Prison as part of a Sinn Féin delegation who met with the prisoners being held in Roe House, Maghaberry. Speaking today Raymond McCartney said "Sinn Féin is totally opposed to former political prisoners being held in prison by revoking their licence. "Now that the charges against Brendan Lillis are not being brought forward he should be released immediately. "Given the urgency of Brendan Lillis' very serious medical condition in the prision hospital . I would appeal for his immediate release on humanitarian grounds." "Sinn Féin has been in contact with the Department of Justice and the Sentence Review Commission and we have called on them to deal with this case without delay."

http://www.derrysinnfein.ie/news/20159

Friends of Brendan Lillis:https://www.facebook.com/group​s/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lilli...

Hungerstrike California Prisoners

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Protests Grow in Solidarity with California Prisoners as Hunger Strikes Enter Third Week

Thousands of inmates in at least 13 prisons across California’s troubled prison system have been on hunger strike for almost two weeks. Many are protesting in solidarity with inmates held in Pelican Bay State Prison, California’s first super-maximum security prison, over what prisoners say are cruel and unusual conditions in "Secure Housing Units." We play an audio statement from one of the Pelican Bay prisoners and speak to three guests: Dorsey Nunn, co-founder of "All of Us or None" and executive director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, and one of the mediators between the prisoners on hunger strike and the California Department of Corrections; Molly Porzig, a member of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity coalition and a spokesperson for Critical Resistance; and Desiree Lozoya, the niece of an inmate participating in the Pelican Bay Hunger Strike, who visited him last weekend.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/7/15/protests_grow_in_solidarity_with_california

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16-07-11

Brendan Lillis - Don't let him die in prison: Action !

- There is a protest at Free Derry Corner taking place now.

- About 30 Aul dissidents standing in Shipquay St, L’derry protesting strip searches and for release of Brendan Lillis ( just found this on twitter )

- Duleek Independent Republicans will hold an urgent protest this wednesday evening on the bridge of peace in Drogheda at 7p.m. calling for the immediate release of Brendan Lillis from Maghaberry gaol.   We appeal to all republicans/groups to attend and show your support for Brendan regardless of political beliefs. Please bring along posters and banners highlighting Brendan’s case.   We ask you to forward this to your friends.  This has been posted on ir.net

- Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney , has called for the immediate release of Brendan Lillis, currently being held in Maghaberry Prison. He was speaking after meeting Brendan Lillis in Maghaberry Prison as part of a Sinn Féin delegation who met with the prisoners being held in Roe House, Maghaberry. http://www.derrysinnfein.ie/news/20159

- A  short sample letter and a few contacts here: http://www.irishfreedomcom​mittee.net/POWs/BRENDAN_LI​LLI...

- Brendan’s case and the FB group ‘Friends of Brendan’ were publicized on WPNA radio in Chicago during the Haggerty show.

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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: https://www.facebook.com/group​s/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lil…...

Free Brendan Lillis – Don’t let him die in prison !

  • FREE BRENDAN LILLIS DON'T LET HIM DIE IN PRISON

 SIGN THE PETITION

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/free-brendan-lillis-dont...

FREE BRENDAN LILLIS DON'T LET HIM DIE IN PRISON

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!

Free Brendan Lillis: Action in Glasgow

Added by John Fagan

to the group “Friends of Brendan Lillis

Friends of Brendan Lillis: https://www.facebook.com/group​s/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lilli...

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!

15-07-11

Brendan Lillis is dying: Call for help of Amnesty International

 

Some months ago, Nadezhda Banchik, member of Amnesty International USA, called for the release of Commander Arbi Zarmaev, a political prisoner who was very sick and was isolated, tortured and treated with neuroleptics in Bruges prison (Belgium).

Can she do the same for Brendan Lillis who is dying in the Maghaberry prison of Northern Ireland ?

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! The doctor said her that he will live only 10 days now.

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Arbi Zarmaev: Letter of Mrs Nadezhda Banchik to Minister Stefaan De Clerck

San Jose, April 20, 2011

Being a member of Amnesty International USA, and in addition, being myself an emigrant from the former Soviet Union, I am completely devastated hearing about the plight of Mr. Arbi Zarmaev, a Chechen, an asylum seeker from Chechnya. I was entirely desperate learning that Mr. Zarmaev was arrested in Belgium and subjected to beating and torture via forcible deprivation of food and drinking water, shackling, and sleep deprivation.

Information about torturing of any prisoner in Belgium, the EU member country, renown for its adherence to human rights and law obedience, make me think that our entire world is moving towards a new Holocaust, since the Holocaust was made possible when Western world completely rejected any protection for a human life at all and for a certain ethnic group in particular. That time such a group were Jews. This time, it seems to me, the Chechens are made an ethnic group for trade-off deals with criminal Russian regime.

I am afraid not only for a Chechen young man who is "guilty" only of defending his homeland from marauders, murders and robbers known to the whole world as Russian mafia state. It seems that Belgium authorities secretly decided to make Arbi Zarmaev slowly dying behind grates just for secret deal with Russian criminals! I am also afraid of your country’s reputation as reliable and law-obedient, human-rights protected country belonging to the Western civilization, that just recently was considered moral leader of the whole world. No more humane place in this world? No more Geneva Convention for a tiny group that was unlucky to be designed international scapegoat in the epoch of international "anti-terrorism" war?! But who is a bigger terrorist in this case? A Chechen who was forced to take arms to defend his home or the second army in the world that bombed out his homeland to rubbles?! Do you know that Russia killed more than 250,000 Chechens, including 40,000 children? And how many people did Arbi Zarmaev really killed? Ask him, please.

I urge you Mr. Minister, to do everything you can to stop this embarrassing case for your country. I hope you can urge your subordinates to free Arbi Zarmaev because he is not a criminal. In the worst, he could be considered prisoner of the war. However, in this case he is eligible for Geneva Convention protection. Anyway, he is eligible for Geneva Convention protection as an asylum seeker from the armed conflict zone.

Sincerely and hopeful

Nadezhda Banchik, Amnesty International USA member

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http://droitfondamental.eu/001​-Amnesty_International_USA...

 

14-07-11

Northern Ireland: prisoners isolated, tortured and murdered

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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!

This is the last update posted, yesterday: the doctor was with him today and yesterday, hes on steroids again as he now has a very bad chest infection,and hes ate nothing for 6 days living on tea, temp up and blood pressure up.

Friends of Brendan Lillis: https://www.facebook.com/g​roups/Friends.Of.Brendan.L​ill...

13-07-11

Prisoners Northern Ireland: BBC News

 
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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lillis...

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prisoners-Northern-Ireland...

12-07-11

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
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Contact the Prime Minister's Office
Communicate
 

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Photo: British Prime Minister, David Cameron

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

11-07-11

Maghaberry prison Northern Ireland: Call for action in U.S.

URGENT PHONE CALLS NEEDED TO MAGHABERRY JAIL DOCTOR

Let’s ensure the prison knows that we are paying very close attention from the US and elsewhere !

The Irish Freedom Committee is urging all supporters of Irish republican prisoners in the US to place a short phone call tomorrow to Maghaberry Prison Medical Center, to appeal for the immediate humanitarian release of Brendan Lilllis. Brendan’s fiancée Roisin has been told by prison doctors today that he has very little time left to live. Please call the Maghaberry Prison Medical Center tomorrow at the number posted below and ask to speak with Doctor Palmer. Please be polite but firm, and state that you are calling with your urgent concerns for Brendan Lillis, who you have learned is now close to death. Brendan has not left his bed in over a year and a half. You are calling to urge the immediate, compassionate and humanitarian release of this very ill man to his home; so that he may pass in peace with his loved ones around him. All charges against him have been dropped, so there should be no reasonable objection to this humane, and long overdue, decision. Brendan’s fiancée asks that we direct our appeals to Doctor Palmer as she believes that he is a humanistic person who has become frustrated with the system that is responsible for the continued internment of her critically ill loved one in jail without charge.

FROM UNITED STATES:

Use a calling card and a land line for your MINIMUM expense. Phone 011-44-28-9261-1888. Ask to be transferred to the Medical Center, and ask to speak to Doctor Palmer. Time zones in the US are behind Irish 5 hours on the East Coast, 6 hours Central US, 7 hours Southwest, and 8 hours in Pacific Northwest. Ideally you should ring between 9AM and 3PM Irish time. BRENDAN’S TIME IS SHORT, and this call will take you less that 5 minutes; and with a calling card, cost you very little. Thank you for your continued support to the families of Irish republican political prisoners.

by: Irish Freedom Committee, Inc.

IRISH FREEDOM COMMITTEE NEWSLIST http://www.irishfreedomcommitt​ee.net/

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

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

Photo: Brendan Lillis

 

 

Northern Ireland: Brendan Lillis dying in Maghaberry Prison

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​rfe...
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_Fac...

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

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 !

08-07-11

Prisons of shame: Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland

Brussels, 8.7.2011

Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland 22nd Floor, Windsor House, Bedford Street, BT2 7FT Ireland

Dear Madam,

Concerns: the deaths in Maghaberry prison, Brendan Lillis who is actually dying in the Maghaberry prison

May I remind you to my letter of 30.6.2011, please ?

In this letter I said that it is not normal that, while you are pretending to investigate the complaints from prisoners and the deaths in prison custody (from 1 September 2005 the remit of the Prisoner Ombudsman was even extended as required by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland), you say that you ‘can not comment and can not be helpful’ in the case of Brendan Lillis.

You say that 'these matters are for Minister for Justice Ford and the prison authorities' but that is not correct. The least you can do as Prisoners Ombudsman which investigates with a special team the many deaths and suicides in the prisons of Northern Ireland, is to make a report of a caseas Brendan Lillis and to take contact with the Minister and the direction of the prison authorities.

As you know very well, Brendan is very sick and he risks to die in the Maghaberry prison of Northern Ireland where there were 3 deaths during the past 3 months.

I learned that Brendan has no right to the visit of a physician from outside the prison. That's in violation of the prison law and international laws. Brendan is now more than 450 days in bed and he is more dead than alive. His situation is getting worse every day. He can hardly move or talk. He would now be fed through a gut that is going ​​directly to his stomach. That is a sadistic torture because they know that he is dying and it is again a violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of the national and international laws.

Given his health, he has the right to be released.

As I said, there have been many deaths in the Maghaberry prison without you were doing anything to prevent it, without you took your job seriously. You seem to work without human feeling, without thinking of the life of the prisoners and their husbands, their families and friends.

Remember that you are a prisoner ombudsman. So, it is your work to DO something for prisoners.

You think that, by refering to the Minister of Justice and the direction of the prison authorities, you can avoid your responsibility. But it will not help you. If you do not help a very sick prisoner by making a report and contacting the Minister and the prison authorities, you can be prosecuted as he dies.

Yours sincerely,

Jan Boeykens President of Werkgroep Morkhoven Belgium

 

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30-06-11

Human rights violations in Northern Ireland (3)

Brussels, 30.6.2011

Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland

Dear Madam,

Concerns: the deaths in Maghaberry prison, Brendan Lillis actually dying in the Maghaberry prison

Thanks for your reply.

It is very strange that, while you are pretending to investigate the complaints from prisoners and the deaths in prison custody (from 1 September 2005 the remit of the Prisoner Ombudsman was even extended as required by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland), you ‘can not comment and can not be helpful’ in the case of Brendan Lillis who is very sick and is dying now in the Maghaberry prison of Northern Ireland where there were 3 deaths during the past 3 months.

You say that these matters are for Minister for Justice Ford and the prison authorities.

Many people wrote to Minister Ford and the prison authorities but they didn’t receive an answer.

Have they to wait until they can go to the funeral of Brendan ?

Don’t forget that you are an prisoner ombudsman. So, it is your work to DO something for prisoners.

Remember also that if you do not help a sick prisoner who risks to die, you can be prosecuted as this prisoner dies.

Yours sincerely,

Jan Boeykens
President of Werkgroep Morkhoven
Belgium

Friends of Brendan Lillis
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Photo: Pauline McCabe and her team

Human rights violations in Northern Ireland (2)

Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland: ‘We investigate the complaints from prisoners and the deaths in prisons but we cannot be helpful’

PA/Prisoner. Ombudsman@prisonerombudsman.x.gsi.gov.uk
To: werkgroepmorkhoven@gmail.com
date: 28 juni 2011
Subject: RE: Prisoner Ombudsman Enquiry Form

Dear Jan

Thank you for your email in relation to Mr Brendan Lillis.

While we are aware of Mr Lillis’ situation, the Prisoner Ombudsman’s
remit extends to the investigation of complaints from prisoners and the investigation of deaths in prison custody.
We are not in a position, therefore, to comment on his continued detention. These matters are for the Minister for Justice and prison authorities.

I am sorry we cannot be more helpful.

Yours sincerely

Prisoner Ombudsman’s Office
22nd Floor, Windsor House
Bedford Street
Belfast BT2 7FT

Prisons in Northern Ireland: violation of human rights

Brussels, 29.6.2011

Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland

Dear Madam,

I read that with effect from 1 September 2005 the remit of the Prisoner Ombudsman was extended as required by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to investigate deaths in Prison Service Custody.

There were now 3 deaths on 3 months, in the Maghaberry prison in Northern Ireland and Brendan Lillis who is very sick and lies during more than 450 days in bed, is dying in this prison.

He needs urgent help from you.

Jan Boeykens
Belgium
President of Werkgroep Morkhoven

Friends of Brendan Lillis
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http://www.niprisonerombudsman.gov.uk/contact.html
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07-06-11

Maghaberry prison: Council delegation - Investigation

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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Prison News: British government violates human rights

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….
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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.
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The British Government about citizens and rights and human rights:
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28-05-11

Prisons of shame in Ireland and UK

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…

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It is being confirmed by Republican P.O.W’s from maghaberry prison, that Harry Fitzsimons has recieved a severe beating by the riot squad.  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, while on top an beating him he screamed out in pain the other pow’s said they didnt even recognise the voice. Other updates will follow..

Prisons of shame in Ireland and UK: Action !

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 and English prisons has deteriorated…

http://www.irishfreedomcommittee.net/POWs/BRENDAN_LILLIS....

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NO MORE deaths by MEDICAL NEGLECT in British and Irish prisons!

22-05-11

Brendan Lillis: Open Letter to the European Council for the Prevention of Torture

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Open Letter to Diane Penaueau of the European Council for the Prevention of Torture
http://fenianexile.blogspot.com/2011/05/justice-for-men-in-maghaberry.html

I just emailed to  Diane Penaueau of the European Council for the Prevention of Torture, asking for them to help in bringing justice and compassion to the Irish Political Prisoners in Maghaberry Prison, at behest of Caroline Kelly.

Please, if you even have 5 minutes, take the time to send a similiar message to Diane, at : cpt.doc@coe.int and bbernath@apt.ch and let her know about this grevious injustice in Maghaberry Prison !

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Dear Diane Penaueau,

I felt the need to highlight the injustice taking place in HMP Maghaberry Prison in Maghaberry, Lisburn, Northern Ireland, whereby it has come to my attention, that despite all the peaceful and nonviolent efforts of the Irish Political Prisoners there, they were consistently, forcibly strip searched, unmercifully beaten, and several of their number, thrown into solitary confinement, and continue to live in inhumane conditions that are a clear violation of their rights, a clear violation of human rights and the European Convention on Human Rights, and , speaking specifically, regards, Political Prisoner, Brendan Lillis, his continued detention, while the Prison Authorities refuse to give Brendan proper medical care, and insist, instead to drug him, as he continually suffers from the incurable medical condition, known as ankylosing spondylitis , is in clear violation of Article 5, the Right to Liberty and Security, and Article 6, the Right to a Fair Trial.

As a colleague recently stated, Brendan Lillis, also has a protected right under the EU HR Convention to the Provision of Medical Services under Article 2 the Right to Life.

Brendan Lillis and his fellow Political Prisoners are being held in inhumane conditions due to their political convictions and I urge you and your colleagues to investigate this injustice and let the world know that while Brendan Lillis and his fellow Political Prisoners are held in these unjust conditions, we will not rest until justice is done.

Sincerely,

Rory Dubhdara, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

18-05-11

Prisons: Ireland still violates human rights

Ireland with its violation of human rights, is a good example of the 'freedom' and 'democracy' within the European Union...

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Photo: Brendan Lillis, a seriously ill prisoner who is being held without charge at Maghaberry prison outside of Belfast.

07-05-11

Prisons of shame: Brendan Lillis, Ireland

Brendan Lillis – A Humanitarian Issue

“Trying To Save Brendan’s Life”

Brendan Lillis, a 59 year old prisoner from West Belfast 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 seen him unable 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!

Mr Lillis was an Irish Republican political prisoner who had been released on license but unfortunately was arrested for an attempted robbery over a year ago. Despite being judged unfit to stand trial due to his desperate medical condition, Mr Lillis is still being held in Maghaberry prison ‘on license’ due to his previous conviction for political charges and is in a Catch 22 situation where he can be held indefinitely at the ‘pleasure’ of the British ‘Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Mr Owen Patterson, M.P. With the ‘Secretary of State’ having the power to release Mr Lillis, only public pressure will convince him to allow this prisoner out of prison to receive the medical treatment he so badly needs and to spend his remaining days with his family in a non-prison environment.

Mr Lillis’ case is a purely humanitarian issue but it is complicated by his political antecedents. Ankylosing Spondylitis, the condition that Mr Lillis suffers from is an intensely painful condition that begins with a curvature of the spine and it has now got to the stage where he is in extreme pain 24 hours a day with little relief and sub-standard medical care. TheMaghaberry prison ‘hospital’ is little more than a ‘sick-bay’ which is guarded by Unionist prison warders who would be antagonistic to Mr Lillis due to his Irish Republican past.

Roisin, Mr Lillis’ partner, is understandably beside herself with anxiety and is desperately looking for help with her fledgling campaign to have Brendan treated with dignity:

I am trying my best to highlight this but sadly I’m working alone and don’t have much experience this area but im trying my best……For the 1st 10 weeks he had no visits because he couldn’t get into a wheelchair and they wouldn’t let me into the jail, after a lot of debates with the jail i was eventually allowed to visit him in his cell which i have done since then. as you all no Brendan is now in a precarious situation and if he doesn’t get released from jail i am in no doubts he will die soon.

Mr Lillis’ case should be a concern for everyone on humanitarian grounds alone and it would appear that only public pressure will make the Secretary of State notice the plight of a seriously ill 59 year old man inMaghaberry prison who is in constant pain and whose weight has plummeted to a dangerous 6 stone.

http://hubpages.com/hub/Brendan-Lillis-Irish-Prisoner-Bei...

Please sign the petition because he is now on a heart machine and needs real hospital care:
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache%3AEG...

Support:
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Open group — Friends.Of.Brendan.Lillis@groups.facebook.com

02-05-11

Droits de l’Homme: L’ONU félicité la Belgique

CD&V, chétiens-démocrates belges, droits de l'homme, félicite la Belgique, l'ONU, ministre Stefaan De Clerck, ministre Steven Vanackere

2 mai, 2011 - La Belgique passait son grand oral sur l’état des droits de l’homme dans le pays ce lundi devant l’ONU. Quelques points noirs ont été soulignés. Les problèmes communautaires n’ont pas été absents des débats.

La Belgique devait se soumettre lundi matin à Genève aux questions des Etats membres de l’Organisation des Nations unies lors de son premier “examen périodique universel”, une procédure de vérification de l’état des droits de l’homme à laquelle chaque membre du Conseil onusien des droits de l’homme doit désormais répondre tous les quatre ans.

Le ministre des Affaires étrangères Steven Vanackere a répondu, pendant trois heures, aux interpellations des représentants nationaux. Ceux-ci se sont basé sur trois rapports, l’un émanant du gouvernement belge, un autre du haut-commissariat aux droits de l’homme de l’ONU et un troisième des associations belges et internationales de défense des libertés fondamentales.

La Belgique a été félicitée des efforts accomplis. Mais plusieurs points noirs ont été soulignés: l’absence d’institution des droits de l’Homme indépendante, la surpopulation carcérale, les problèmes liés à l’asile et à la détention aux frontières, la lutte contre les abus faits aux enfants et contre la pornographie infantile.

Plusieurs pays (Canada, de la Fédération de Russie et Slovénie) ont par ailleurs demandé à ce que la Convention cadre sur les minorités soit adoptée.
Certains pays ont insisté sur le problème de la discrimination envers les minorités, sans précision supplémentaire.

Les problèmes communautaires n’ont donc pas été absents des débats à Genève.

J.C., avec Baudouin Remy

http://www.rtbf.be/info/belgique/detail_les-debats-commun...

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Photo: Steven Vanackere à Genève, Belga Photo Eric Lalmand

Vanackere est, comme le ministre de la justice Stefaan De Clerck, membre du parti démocrates-chrétiens flamande (CD&V).

http://www.stevenvanackere.be/fr


Lettre du 20 avril 2011 de Yelena Maglevannaya à Son Altesse Royale, Albert II, le Roi des Belges

Votre Majesté le Roi des Belges,

Dans votre pays, à la prison de Brugge, ce trouve un réfugié tchétchène, Arbi Zarmaev, dont l’extradition est demandée par la Russie.

Outre le fait qu’il risque d’être expulsé vers un pays où il est assuré d’être torturé et maltraité, parce que c’est le sort qui attend tous les Tchétchènes dans les prisons russes, comme je l’ai appris ; et que dans votre pays démocratique, il est détenu dans des conditions loin d’être normales. Il a même battu, ce que les autorités ont ensuite tenté de cacher du public, en prétendant qu’il se serait lui-même infligé les coups.

Je n’ai jamais été surprise d’entendre de telles choses des autorités russes. C’est là-bas la norme depuis longtemps. Mais que, dans un pays de l’Union Européenne qui s’est engagé à respecter les droits de l’homme devant le monde, qu’un Tchétchène soit battu, était initialement impossible à croire.

Ces dernières temps, une tendance préoccupante – les autorités de plus en plus de pays européens ont commencé à refuser de mettre à l’abri les réfugiés tchétchènes. Serait-ce que, pour de bonnes relations avec la Russie, la vie est devenue un sujet de négociation?

Il convient, à mon avis, une fois pour toute d’interdire la question du renvoi des réfugiés tchétchènes en Russie, quelle que soit les accusations portées contre eux, parce qu’ils n’ont aucun espoir d’un procès équitable dans ce pays. Au contraire, ils sont confrontés à des peines de détention excessivement longue, des coups, des tortures et une mort presque inévitable en prison à la suite de ces tortures et les conditions de détention inhumaines.

Par conséquent, en vertu des droits de l’homme, il est indispensable que les démocraties occidentales, déclarent immédiatement, non seulement en mots, que la Russie est un pays qui ne respecte pas le droit le plus fondamental – le droit à la vie – et assurent effectivement que nul ne peut donner à ce pays quiconque, sans partager la responsabilité de son sort.

Tout d’abord, cela concerne les Tchétchènes, qui, en règle générale, du point de vue du droit international, ne sont pas coupables de quoi que ce soit, tel qu’il est pratiqué en temps de guerre, en défendant leur patrie de l’occupation.

Votre Majesté, je souhaite que vous puissiez entendre les arguments de libérer Arbi Zarmaev avec votre protection royale et une fois pour toutes, interdire son extradition vers la Russie. L’Europe devrait réaffirmer la réputation du territoire, où les droits de l’homme ont toujours été, et sont en première place et rigoureusement appliquées.

Elena Maglevannaya,

journaliste, réfugié en Finlande

http://droitfondamental.eu/ (Yelena Maglevannaya appelle le Roi Albert II au secours du Commandant Arbi Zarmaev)

25-04-11

Prisons belges - Arbi Zarmaev: Lettre Ouverte 25.4.2011

 

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Cher H.,

Ce sont toujours les mêmes personnages qui reviennent.

Le ministre de la Justice Stefaan De Clerck et les membres de son Cabinet, les membres de la Ministère de la Justice qui travaillent aux prisons, les directeurs de la prison, la direction générale des prisons belges (et son administration), des avocats, des juges, et des politiciens.

C'est la même gang. Notre 'système démocratique', comme en Italie et ailleurs, est en grande partie dans les mains de la mafia. Et il est très difficile de s'opposer à ce système, parce que les gens qui y travaillent, ont ​​tous les pouvoirs. Ils contrôlent la presse et ils ont une sorte de pouvoir absolu. Et ils forment une puissance internationale. Il y a, par exemple, toutes sortes de contacts européens et inter-gouvernementales qui font partie de «la lutte contre le terrorisme». Et les «terroristes» ce ne sont plus des hommes masqués lançant des bombes ou la résistance armés qui s'oppose à la néo-colonialisme. Non, NOUS et l'opposition politique qui reste, sont les "terroristes" qui doivent être éliminés.

Concerne Arbi dans la prison de Bruges, sa situation s'est quelque peu améliorée. De temps à temps on le met dans un petit espace ouvert où il y a un peu d'air et de lumière. On lui donne un peu plus à manger parce qu'il est tout à fait faible et mal nourris. On lui a même donné ses pantoufles ;)
Mais il reste enfermé dans une cage de chien de 2 x 3 m, ce qui est bien pire qu'une cage dans un centre de détention pour les chiens. Les chiens qui y résident, ont au moins suffisamment de lumière, d'air et de contact (wafwafwaf) avec d'autres chiens. Et ils peuvent se voir.

22-04-11

Arbi Zarmaev: Prison de Bruges - 22.4.2011

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From: Jan Boeykens <werkgroepmorkhoven@gmail.com
Date: 2011/4/22
To: Khedi Zarmaev

Chère Khedi,

Pour nous, Arbi sera libéré si nous le voyons vivant à notre table.

J'ai entendu qu'il n'aurait pas suffisant à manger.

Est-ce que tu as entendu qqchose de votre argent sur le compte de Arbi ? Un télévision sur son cage de chien est le minimum qu'on le peut donner pour les jours qu'ils restent.
Et chaque jour il doit sortir. Il a le droit de téléphoner et d'écrire. Il a le droit d'avoir contact avec les autres prisoniers.
Et pourquoi il doit rester dans son cage de chien s'il deviendrait libéré un de ces jours comme Pax Christi écrivait le 8ième avril 2011?

Salutations à Arbi, Ayndi, vos parents, Imran et toutes les hommes de coeur.

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20-04-11

Arbi Zarmaev: Amnesty International - letter to Minister De Clerck

Nadezhda Banchik, member of Amnesty International USA, urges Stefaan De Clerck, Minister of Belgian Justice, to end the tortures inflicted to Commander Arbi Zarmaev and free him.

San Jose, April 20, 2011.

Respected Minister Stefaan De Clerck,

Being a member of Amnesty International USA, and in addition, being myself an emigrant from the former Soviet Union, I am completely devastated hearing about the plight of Mr. Arbi Zarmaev, a Chechen, an asylum seeker from Chechnya. I was entirely desperate learning that Mr. Zarmaev was arrested in Belgium and subjected to beating and torture via forcible deprivation of food and drinking water, shackling, and sleep deprivation. Information about torturing of any prisoner in Belgium, the EU member country, renown for its adherence to human rights and law obedience, make me think that our entire world is moving towards a new Holocaust, since the Holocaust was made possible when Western world completely rejected any protection for a human life at all and for a certain ethnic group in particular. That time such a group were Jews. This time, it seems to me, the Chechens are made an ethnic group for trade-off deals with criminal Russian regime.

I am afraid not only for a Chechen young man who is « guilty » only of defending his homeland from marauders, murders and robbers known to the whole world as Russian mafia state. it seems that Belgium authorities secretly decided to make Arbi Zarmaev slowly dying behind grates just for secret deal with Russian criminals! I am also afraid of your country’s reputation as reliable and law-obedient, human-rights protected country belonging to the Western civilization, that just recently was considered moral leader of the whole world. No more humane place in this world? No more Geneva Convention for a tiny group that was unlucky to be designed international scapegoat in the epoch of international « anti-terrorism » war?! But who is a bigger terrorist in this case? A Chechen who was forced to take arms to defend his home or the second army in the world that bombed out his homeland to rubbles?! Do you know that Russia killed more than 250,000 Chechens, including 40,000 children? And how many people did Arbi Zarmaev really killed? Ask him, please.

I urge you Mr. Minister, to do everything you can to stop this embarrassing  case for your country. I hope you can urge your subordinates to free Arbi Zarmaev because he is not a criminal. In the worst, he could be considered prisoner of the war. However, in this case he is eligible for Geneva Convention protection. Anyway, he is eligible for Geneva Convention protection as an asylum seeker from the armed conflict zone.

Sincerely and hopeful,

Nadezhda Banchik, Amnesty International USA member