Irish Anti War Movement

TONY BENN RIP

So long to the great inspiring Tony Benn RIP. Great fighter for social justice and against war. The best way we can honour his legacy is to continue the struggles against war, oppression, colonialism, racism and injustice - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/mar/14/tony-benn-dies-aged-88-labour-politiican

Stop the War Coalition statement on Ukraine crisis - 02 March 2014

Stop the War Coalition statement on Ukraine crisis - http://stopwar.org.uk/news/ten-things-to-remember-about-the-crisis-in-uk...

79 year old grandmother & GAAW anti-war activist was arrested this morning in Galway.

SCAOIL SAOR MARGARETTA!!!
Margaretta D'Arcy, 79 year old grandmother & anti-war activist was arrested this morning (wed) on warrant, & has been told that she will have to now commence serving a 3 month prison sentence for protesting against the use of Shannon airport by US military & highlighting the plight of abducted persons in Guantanamo US Torture camp.

Hearing over UK Government snooping threat to fair trial in Libyan torture case

Hearing today over Government snooping threat to fair trial in Libyan torture case
 
A secretive court will today hold a rare, open hearing in a case brought by Libyan victims of a UK-orchestrated rendition, who are concerned that Government snooping may have damaged their right to a fair trial.
 
The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), which hears complaints against the security services, is set to hold an open hearing at 16.45 GMT today in a case brought by the Belhadj and al Saadi families.  The two families – including young children and a pregnant woman – were subject to kidnap and ‘rendition’ in a joint UK-US-Libyan operation which took place in 2004.
 
Both families had already brought claims against the UK Government over its part in their mistreatment but, following recent revelations concerning GCHQ’s mass-spying programme, also sought measures from the IPT to ensure that ongoing surveillance of their communications with their legal team does not jeopardise their right to a fair trial.
 
The right to private – or ‘privileged’ – communication with one’s lawyer is a long-standing British legal freedom.  Were the Government to have access to such communications, it would give them an unfair advantage in any legal claim.
 
Legal charity Reprieve and law firm Leigh Day last September lodged a complaint with the IPT on behalf of the families concerning the suspected violation of their legal rights.  In December, the Government informed the IPT that a “closed issue” had arisen in relation to the complaint but, due to the highly secretive nature of the IPT, it is not known what the issue is.  However, it heightened concerns that the Government had indeed been spying on legally privileged communications.
 

Guantanamo Bay USA torture camp marks 12 years today 11th January

Guantanamo Bay marks 12 years
 
Today, January 11th, marks 12 years since the first men were taken to the US prison at Guantanamo Bay. 155 men remain, 77 of whom have been cleared for release.
 
In 2009 President Obama pledged to close the prison yet he has so far failed to fulfill that promise. Of the 779 men known to have been held there to date, 624 have been released. More men have died in the prison than have been put on trial.
 
Shaker Aamer, a British resident who remains imprisoned without charge or trial, has been cleared for release under both the Bush and the Obama administrations. The UK government has said that it is British policy for him to be returned to his British wife and their four children in London. David Cameron has raised Mr Aamer’s case with President Obama, yet he remains imprisoned.

A government minister said last month in response to questions in Parliament, that: “The British Government continues to note reports regarding the hunger strike at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. We maintain an active dialogue with the US Government regarding humanitarian issues at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and remain committed to assisting the US in its aim to close the facility.”
 
Shaker made the following statement to his lawyer about Guantanamo’s 12th anniversary:
 
“It will soon be 12 years that I have been in Guantánamo. I arrived on the day my youngest child Faris was born (February 14th, 2014). Even then, I had already spent some two months in US captivity, undergoing terrible mistreatment. Those are twelve years that are lost to me forever.
 

LINDSEY GERMAN ON WW1 CENTENARY

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