Category Archives: FREE MARIAN PRICE
‘This type of motion can only cause division and is the last thing Nipsa needs - Ross Hussey.
A MOTION calling for the release of prominent republican Marian Price due to come before the Nipsa conference has been criticised by the UUP. West Tyrone MLA and policing board member Ross Hussey said he had been contacted by Nipsa members who were “deeply unhappy” at the motion.
Mr Hussey described it as a “deeply regrettable situation” which could “cause decision”. “I have been contacted by a number of Nipsa members who are deeply unhappy at Motion No 13 in the conference handbook which states ‘Conference demands the immediate release of Marian Price’. “The motion goes on to call for the Nipsa general council ‘to campaign for the immediate release of Marian Price on humanitarian grounds’. “This is deeply regrettable situation. Nipsa is a highly respected trade union which draws its members from right across the province and from all sections of our society. “This type of motion can only cause division and is the last thing which Nipsa needs.” Then secretary of state Owen Paterson revoked her life sentence licence at Easter 2011 after Price was charged over a dissident republican rally in Derry. She is also facing seperate charges of providing a mobile phone for a terrorist purpose in March 2009 shortly before two soldiers were shot dead at Massereene barracks. The 58-year-old has been receiving treatment for depression, arthritis and lung problems, while kept in hospital under armed guard.
With many thanks to : Maeve Connolly, Irish News.
This letter also appeared in the Irish News today Friday May 17 2013.
Two years incarceration and still no justice for Marian.
THIS week marks the entry into the third year Marian Price is interned without trial and is incarcerated on the word of a British Secretary of State. Where is the justice in this maltreatment of a defenceless woman whose health has deterioted to a level thatt she is almost unable to function as a person? Her incarceration in solitary confinement is responsible for this deterioration – firstly in Maghaberry, then Hydebank and now in hospital. Health professionals have revealed home care packages to treat Marian in a humane way and to date the British government has refused to grant her that humanity.
The long, drawn.out process in recent times still has not revealed an outcome. Fifteen years on from signing of the British agreement the treatment of Marian Price and others exposes that the injustice suffered at the hands of the British establishment hasn’t gone away. The analysis of the Irish people throughout our history that there is no British justice in Ireland is epitomised again with this deliberate maltreatment. Marian Price should be released immediately on humanitarian grounds due tonton the state of her health but she should also be released as a right because the spurious charges against her are not proven and innocent until proven guilty has gone out the door. Marian Price is serving a sentence of inhumane treatment for the past two years and yet is not sentenced to a single day in jail. Where is the justice ?
- Trade union in Marian Price row (newsletter.co.uk)
- Smash Internment Free Marian Price (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Does Amnesty Practice Political Vetting ? (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- 10,000 people expected at anti-hunger rally in Belfast on the eve of the G8 summit (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- British Interests Best Served by Present Arrangements ! (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- The Continued Imprisonment of Marian Price (kclsoc.wordpress.com)
- Enda Kenny to raise peace process concerns (irishtimes.com)
2 years ago today, Marian Price was taken by the RUC on spurious charges, and immediately put into solitary confinement in MagHaberry gaol.. Her health declined and when she made bail, the British government stepped in and played their trump card of Interning her having first made sure evidence was destroyed. 2 years and still no justice, people through out the world are still demanding answers. FREE MARIAN PRICE —
This letter appeared in the Irish News yesterday May 6 2013
Marian Price‘s case has been raised and made known by individual human rights activists and by the efforts of her family. I would very much doubt that the public are aware of Amnesty’s stance on the imprisonment of Marian Price, or the ever-increasing number of political prisoners being held on the direct orders of the Northern Ireland Secretary of State, in spite of being granted bail or their freedom by the courts in the North of Ireland. Amnesty say they “have responded to queries” regarding Marian Price’s case. Strangely, when the Russian women involved in the Pussy Riot case were arrested, Amnesty were able to immediately launch a public campaign calling for the women’s release, throwing the full weight of their organisation behind the case. None of the women involved were elderly or sick, and whatever the merits of the case, they have a release date and are not being held indefinitely.
The only conclusion that can be drawn is that Amnesty International practise political vetting. They only publicise and call for the release of prisoners who are friendly to the Anglo-American power-bloc. When Sean MacBride and others founded Amnesty International in Ireland in 1963 they could never have envisaged the use of political vetting when supporting political prisoners. A mark of civilised society is how you treat your enemies, not your friends. Perhaps it is not to late for Amnesty international to redeem itself. Could the organisation call for the release of Marian Price and other Irish detainees, as they did for the women in Russia ?
- British Interests Best Served by Present Arrangements ! (seachranaidhe1.wordpress.com)
- Amnesty’s plea to UN over legacy (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- Amnesty Int’l urges Hungary to sign protocol on citizens’ rights during crisis (politics.hu)
- Sri Lanka: Eezham Tamils among HR defenders shortlisted for Amnesty NZ award (tamilnet.com)
- Human rights response criticised (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- First political prisoners freed in Sudan under amnesty (dailystar.com.lb)
ONLY 20 OUT OF 215 ARRESTED DURING UNION FLAG
TO BE BEHIND BARS
LITTLEh. more than 20 Union Flag protesters are on r:-) emand in prison despite claims by the DUP first minister and his senior party colleagues of discrimination against loyalists. majorityhe 215 people arrested since the protests started in early Deceinfluence only about 20 were on Tuesday on remand in Maghaberry Prison. Nevertheless DUP ministers have accused police and the courts of bias. On Tuesday police confirmed that 163 people have been charged as part of the Operation Dulcet investigation. These include offences from rioting and hijacking of vehicles to attacks on politicians ‘ offices.
DUP leader Peter Robinson, raised questions of ” IMPARTIALITY ” in how loyalists are dealt with. This promoted a row between his party and the judiciary. Sir Declan Morgan gave his first interview as lord chief justice to dismiss the claims and criticise finance minister Sammy Wilson for accusing judges of ” ARROGANCE “. On Tuesday police issued fresh images of 13 people suspected of taking part in violence linked to the Union Flag protests between December 3 and January 5.
DUP leader Peter Robinson raised questions of ” IMPARTIALITY ” by the courts when dealing with loyalist bail applications. This prompted Lord Chief Justice Declan Morgan’s private secretary to write to the DUP justice committee chairman Paul Given saying judges must make decisions ” INDEPENDENTLY and without being subject to external influence “. In refusing protest organiser Jamie Bryson bail, Justice Bernard McCloskey said ” ill informed debate ” creates misunderstanding around the criteria for bail applications.
DUP finance minister Sammy Wilson responded by accusing judges of ” ARROGANCE “. He said they were like ” CIVIL SERVANTS ” who should be held to account. Although high-profile demonstration organisers Willie Frazer and Mr Bryson have been remanded in custody, the vast majority of protesters have been released on bail, albeit in some cases with strict restrictions. Among them were two men and a woman arrested in connection with disturbances outside the Shore Road ground of Crusaders Football Club that prevented a top-of-the-league clash with North Belfast rivals Cliftonville last month. They were bailed at Belfast Magistrates Court.High profile protester Jim Dowson (48), a former (BNP) British National Party fundraiser originally from Scotland but now residing in Comber, Co Down, was bailed after appearing in court charged with encouraging or assisting offenders and five counts of taking part in an unnotified public procession. Former soldier Mark Winter, who posed as a member of the media to get close to police lines and allegedly verbally abused officers, was also bailed at Newtownards Magistrates Court on condition that he maintain a strict curfew and does not come within 500 metres of a parade, protest or demonstration. The 42-year-old was also granted reporting restrictions preventing his address being published.
The majority of those bailed have been banned from attending further protests and using social-networking sites. Several others bailed by the High Court have had strict conditions imposed. One man charged in connection with serious disorder in Newtownabbey was bailed on condition that he reside at an address in Scotland. There are believed to be just more than 20 people still on remand in Maghaberry Prison in relation to the protests. However, that figure fluctuates weekly as further arrests are made and bail applications are heard.
with many thanks to : Allison Morris, Irish News
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