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Nahikari, partner and two children
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday April 29, 2013 - 23:30 by Diarmuid Breatnach   image 2 images
She has been sentenced to six years of prison for alleged membership of SEGI – the banned Basque pro-independence left youth organisation. According to the Spanish state, to be a member of SEGI is to be helping ETA, the armed Basque resistance group; however no “terrorist” action was proved against either Nahikari or her seven male co-sentenced, no possession of arms, no plans, maps – nothing like that. The evidence against them consisted of T-shirts, CDs and posters which indicated that they are pro-Basque independence and for socialism, in accordance with which they have been doing open political work for years. But according to the Spanish state, as in the infamous words of a previous harrier of pro-independence Basques, the 'liberal' judge Garzón: “everything is ETA”. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Tuesday April 16, 2013 - 14:56 by Latin America Solidarity Centre
LASC, in partnership with the Colombian lawyers collective Equipo Juridico de los Pueblos, are launching a solidarity campaign with the internally displaced campesino community of Pitalito in Cesar, Colombia. ... read full story / add a comment
Easter Commemorations 2013
national / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Friday March 29, 2013 - 18:19 by Brian Clarke   image 1 image   video 1 video file
A Complete List of Ireland's Easter Republican Commemorations 2013 ... read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Friday March 22, 2013 - 18:07 by Gale Vogel   text 7 comments (last - thursday may 16, 2013 - 16:14)
John and Louise are a Dublin couple who weep each evening in a cold house, their frustration ever growing. John is visibly angry but resigns to the fate that is meted by our leaders to comply with international dictate. We are being watched, pummelled and slowly destroyed. The busiest events are international job fairs. This is a synopsis of lives less than they should be. ... read full story / add a comment
Independent Guide
sligo / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Friday March 22, 2013 - 14:46 by Seamus Mc Goldrick   text 2 comments (last - friday march 22, 2013 - 15:43)   image 5 images
The Yes Vote in last year's Children's Rights Referendum began proceedings to change Children's Rights in Ireland. However, a legal challenge to the referendum has suspended the referendum process and, for now, prevents the Irish president signing this amendment into the constitution.

Ever wanted to know more about the Children's Rights Referendum and amendment 42a? Read on to find out.
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Tuesday March 12, 2013 - 10:00 by AIMS Ireland
This past weekend, as the nation celebrated International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day, an Irish Maternity Hospital initiated an invasive procedure on a pregnant woman against her will. ‘Mother A’ was denied patient autonomy and the right to informed refusal when the drastic and unprecedented measure of an emergency High Court sitting was called in order to compel her to undergo a Caesarian section. The risk of uterine rupture was cited as one of the main reasons for the urgency in this case but this risk is widely reported as being 0.1% or 1/1000. This is what Dr. Michael Turner, Obstetrician at the Coombe Hospital has called: “exaggerated, professional scaremongering...and it must stop”. (VBAC Conference, 2012) ... read full story / add a comment
International Solidarity with the Basque Country Week in Dublin poster
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Thursday February 28, 2013 - 21:48 by Dublin Basque   image 1 image
First of two talks on aspects of the Basque Struggle:
Speaker from Ahaztuak, Basque organisation working in this field. 7.30pm, Wednesday 6th March, Teachers' Club, 36, Parnell Square (West), D1. ... read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Tuesday February 26, 2013 - 13:41 by AIMS Ireland and HBA Ireland
Abstract: There is an overwhelming failure to recognize human rights in birth in Ireland. In December 2011 the Fine Gael and Labour Government passed legislation, called The Nurses and Midwives Act, 2011, which governs the way midwives are insured to attend homebirth in Ireland. Midwives who make an individual assessment, that the mother and baby are safer birthing at home than in a hospital setting, desite falling outside generalized guidelines, are punishable by law with a €60,000 fine and/or a 10 year prision sentence. Women who make an informed decision, against the uninformed terms, are threatened with having their midwife barred from attending them in childbirth and having their baby taken into State custody at birth.

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Back amongst friends :)
mayo / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Saturday February 23, 2013 - 22:00 by Shelver   text 7 comments (last - thursday february 28, 2013 - 19:53)   image 5 images
After a week and a half in custody, Shell to Sea activist Izzy Ní Graidim left Mountjoy prison yesterday at 1.30pm on temporary release! We'd expect that to turn into full release in a week's time when she's due back in there. ... read full story / add a comment
Bethany Home Survivors, family and supporters, gather at Mount Jerome Cemetery September 2012 - at site of 40 unmarked graves of Bethany children - cemetery contains unmarked graves of 219 Bethany children (one third died 1935-9, three fifths 1935-44)
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday February 20, 2013 - 10:34 by Niall Meehan   image 1 image
PRESS STATEMENT

Survivors of the Dublin's Protestant run Bethany Home today welcomed Taoiseach's apology to Magdalen survivors and the plan to institute a system of compensation and redress. They especially welcomed the government's decision to include Stanhope Street Magdalen laundry that had been excluded from consideration by the Martin McAleese enquiry into the laundries.

Bethany Survivors Chairperson, Derek Leinster said he "hopes the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter will act on his long-expressed promise to TDs, senators and northern MLAs to give justice to Bethany survivors". Mr Leinster noted, "Alan Shatter's first response to publication of the McAleese Report was to apologise for the delay in recognising the injustice done to the Magdelen women. We now suffer the same delay. Now would not be too early to give Bethany survivors the same apology and consideration as the Magdalen women". ... read full story / add a comment
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Monday February 18, 2013 - 19:40 by Elric   image 1 image
Last month, the De Silva report into the 1989 murder of Pat Finucane highlighted the scale of collusion between loyalist paramilitaries and undercover units of the British Army in the late 1980s.

A new report published today by Spinwatch and the Pat Finucane Centre traces the roots of this covert relationship to the earliest days of the Northern Ireland conflict.

COUNTER-GANGS: A history of undercover military units in Northern Ireland 1971-1976 shows how the application of colonial counter-insurgency theory led to the recruitment of paramilitaries by plain-clothes army units in the early 1970s ... read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Monday February 18, 2013 - 11:06 by Diarmuid Breatnach   text 13 comments (last - wednesday march 06, 2013 - 01:41)
The anti-abortion movement was not cowed by the outcry over Savita's tragic death nor by the huge popular response marching in November. The Government plans legislation only to allow abortion when the woman's life is danger and the criteria for establishing that are not yet known. All opinion polls on the subject show a huge majority in favour of liberalisation of the laws -- a majority which is also rising over the years. The abortion rights movement has been publicly quiet for some time now while the opposition is loud and in public view. Can the movement for abortion rights summon the necessary militancy to achieve its objectives? ... read full story / add a comment
 March For Marian Price on International  Women's  Day
international / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Thursday February 14, 2013 - 10:58 by BrianClarke   text 6 comments (last - saturday february 16, 2013 - 12:13)   image 2 images   video 2 video files
On the 4th of January, 1969 Irish civil rights protesters from People's Democracy which included the Price sisters suffered a brutal attack from around 200 lyalists armed with iron bars, bottles and stones at Burntollet Bridge in a march from Belfast to Derry. It is an important day in history in that for many, in that it was the start of the troubles in Ireland with a number of young women savagely beaten which included the price sisters. Beaten into the river, it was a baptism of fire for the two young teenagers. ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Wednesday February 13, 2013 - 19:34 by TCD Infoman   image 1 image
Event Details:

Date: Wednesday 20th February

Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Venue: Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Building

All welcome and admission is free ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday January 23, 2013 - 13:27 by Anti-fascist   text 3 comments (last - wednesday january 23, 2013 - 14:00)   image 15 images
As fascism and racist attacks continue to grow in Greece and with the rising popularity of Golden Dawn, the physical presence of organised fascists on the streets of Greece has increased. Greek anti-fascists are ramping up their presence on the streets of Athens and other cities and are confronting the threat of Golden Dawn while defending minorities groups.

Over 100 people turned out at the Greek embassy in Dublin to support Greek anti-fascists, while solidarity demonstrations also took place in Cork and Derry. ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Monday January 21, 2013 - 21:26 by Elric
Read about the late Aaron Swartzs association with WikiLeaks. Full text at link.

In a series of tweets, WikiLeaks disclosed that deceased Internet activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz may have contributed to the organization and had even been in contact with Julian Assange. WikiLeaks said it was divulging this information “due to the investigation into the Secret Service involvement with #AaronSwartz.”

Swartz, who committed a suicide on Jan. 11, was arrested two years ago for breaking and entering into an MIT storage closet and accessing an Acer laptop that he programmed to download millions of scholarly articles from the JSTOR database. The Secret Service took charge of the Swartz investigation two days before his arrest and provided the prosecution with information that led to its harsh pursuit of the 26-year-old.
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Thursday January 17, 2013 - 22:30 by Saoirse
The latest loyalist sectarian attack on the people of the Short Strand illustrates the unchanging reality of life for large sections nationalist community in Belfast and throughout occupied Six Counties. Once again it is the nationalist people who must bear the brunt of loyalist mobs who have unleashed in order to further the political agenda of the unionist political establishment. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Thursday January 17, 2013 - 11:24 by Kate Ferris
a Speaker's Corner for Dublin
Article 40.6 of the Constitution of Ireland guarantees "the right of the citizens to assemble peaceably and without arms."

Speakers Corner We, The People claims this right.

There's a lot to say right now, a lot to discuss and we need to talk. We need to talk out loud and in public - we, the people.

This is a platform for inspiration, a chance to listen, to argue, to act!

"A rallying point for the disaffected!", as Connolly cried out!
We, the people - a Speakers Corner for Dublin ... read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Tuesday January 15, 2013 - 15:55 by Comyn   text 65 comments (last - saturday march 01, 2014 - 13:41)
Dublin 1913 to Dublin 2013

What have we learned? What changes can be made?

Dublin 1913: It was before World War I, Ireland had negotiated a form of Home Rule/self government but there was inequality with extremes in wealth and poverty, nationalism and British Rule created the environment for dissent and rebellion. James Larkin "Big Jim" represented the low skilled workers and William Martin Murphy, a Catholic businessman represented the newly forming middle class. William Martin Murphy owned the Irish Independent newspaper, and the Dublin United Tramway Company and was making inroads against the power of the former elites.
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Wednesday January 09, 2013 - 18:17 by Kate Ferris   text 7 comments (last - thursday january 10, 2013 - 16:36)   video 1 video file
Article 40.6 of the Constitution of Ireland guarantees "the right of the citizens to assemble peaceably and without arms."

Speakers Corner We, The People claims this right.

There's a lot to say right now, a lot to discuss and we need to talk. We need to talk out loud and in public - we, the people.

This is a platform for inspiration, a chance to listen, to argue, to act!

"A rallying point for the disaffected!", as Connolly cried out!
... read full story / add a comment

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