News from Maghaberry in occupied North of Ireland

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News from Maghaberry in occupied North of Ireland

Post by kbcl1 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:21 pm

Post Cancer patient POW forcibly strip searched before & after Doctor consultation

On Tuesday June 7th, Screws entered Pow Brendan Conway’s cell and informed him that he was being transported to hospital for his post cancer check up. Brendan asked them if he would require a strip search leaving Maghaberry and they said yes, Brendan then told them that if a strip search was a prerequisite for him attending his hospital appointment he would be refusing to attend. They told him that he had no choice in the matter and he was physically trailed by the riot squad down to reception where he was brutally strip searched and transported to hospital.

He was escorted in handcuffs by two screws and brought into the consultation room; the screws sat either side of him as the Doctor started her consultation. Brendan asked the doctor to stop the consultation in the presence of the two screws and requested that they leave the room, the two screws refused. The doctor intervened and asked that the screws leave the room as patient doctor confidentiality meant that she could not continue with the consultation in their presence and pointed out that she would be required to do an intimate examination of Mr Conway and supported his request that they leave the room, they again refused so the consultation was cancelled.

Brendan was then returned to Maghaberry where he was forcibly strip searched again and returned to his cell. Brendan asked to speak to the Governor as he wanted to lodge a complaint about his treatment. The governor came to his cell and apologised for the incident and said that the two screws had broken protocol and they should have left the room during his consultation and gave Brendan an assurance that it would not happen again. Brendan told him that he would not be taking any future hospital appointments if he was required to endure a forced strip search to avail of them. The Governor said that they had to make sure he was brought to hospital for these important post cancer check ups and it was his job to ensure he attended. Brendan pointed out that it was within his rights to refuse hospital treatment and no one could force him to attend these appointments which required a brutal forced strip searched during which he received many injuries just to attend.

Brendan has been in touch with his legal team and will be pursuing this breach of his basic human right to Doctor-patient confidentiality through the courts.

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Re: News from Maghaberry in occupied North of Ireland

Post by kbcl1 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:24 pm

Support Growing for Political Prisoners
07/06/11
Despite attempts by the political establishment and the corporate media to bury the issue, the plight of the political prisoners in Maghaberry jail is again raising concern on the outside.
Since the end of last year, the unionist thugs in the Prison Officers Association have been successfully attempting to undermine the agreement reached on August 12 2010 that appeared to bring to a successful conclusion the long running struggle for humane treatment in Maghaberry.
Unfortunately, the situation has since deteriorated to the extent where republican prisoners are now back on a no wash protest, while beatings and forced strip searches are again a daily occurrence.
On Sunday [June 5], around 400 people gathered in the Maghaberry car park for the short march to the prison’s perimeter, where they were addressed by a number of prisoners’ relatives as well as independent republican councillor for Newry Davy Hyland.
After folk singer Pól MacAdaim helped the assembled crowd belt out a number of songs by Bobby Sands for the benefit of the screws, the supporters marched towards the wing where the republican prisoners are currently being held.
There, despite the lashing rain and the yards upon yards of barbed wire and concrete, the prisoners could be heard shouting their appreciation while the protestors blew whistles, let off fireworks, beat pots and chanted slogans for political status.
The protest was ended with a cavalcade of nearly 100 cars encircling the prison entrance with horns beeping and music blaring.
Meanwhile, last night [Monday], in a further demonstration of the growing support for the human rights of the prisoners, Newry & Mourne Council unanimously agreed to send a delegation to Maghaberry to investigate the prisoners’ concerns. The instigator of the motion, Davy Hyland, pledged to make the council follow through on its promise as soon as possible.
Rúnaí ginearálta éirígí Breandán Mac Cionnaith, himself a former political prisoner, said: “The last number of days have seen a welcome spike in the support for the rights of the prisoners in Maghaberry.
“The agenda in Maghaberry is currently being set by the notoriously sectarian and thuggish Prison Officers Association. This situation is totally unsustainable.
“The British government needs to recognise that the August 12 agreement of last year presents the basis for resolving the conflict in the prison and face down the POA.”
Mac Cionnaith added: “éirígí extends its solidarity to the protesting prisoners in Maghaberry and pledges to continue supporting their struggle and that of their families until political status is secured. All those with an interest in human rights should do likewise.”

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Re: News from Maghaberry in occupied North of Ireland

Post by Cormorant » Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:56 pm

Meanwhile...

In the Republic...


Committee on torture blasts ‘degrading’ Irish prison conditions


http://tinyurl.com/67wudjj

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Re: News from Maghaberry in occupied North of Ireland

Post by Cormorant » Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:55 pm

I think the author of the first 2 posts here should make it clear that their "news" is a "cut & paste" from other publications.

For copyright reasons alone.

http://tinyurl.com/6jjzcz2

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Re: News from Maghaberry in occupied North of Ireland

Post by Marhak » Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:56 pm

Ever considered offering yourself in exchange for one of those prisoners?

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Re: News from Maghaberry in occupied North of Ireland

Post by kbcl1 » Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:18 am

Cormorant wrote:I think the author of the first 2 posts here should make it clear that their "news" is a "cut & paste" from other publications.

For copyright reasons alone.

http://tinyurl.com/6jjzcz2
No, once again you are wrong. The items posted here are NOT cut and pasted. They are actually sent to our main email account for circulation by the IFC. They may well appear on the various websites but that is not the issue here. No copyright issues are involved.

You will also be unaware that we have an agreement with many organisations to circulate information of mutual interest with forward reference.

Are you interested in Irish issues ? If so the IFC would welcome your membership. Alternatively, a sister organisation 'Troops Out' maintains an office in Birmingham up in England.

Links here: http://www.troopsoutmovement.com/index.htm

http://www.irishfreedomcommittee.net/

Chris

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