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DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENTS AND THE UN MUST OPENLY SUPPORT THE PROTESTERS IN MYANMAR

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT PRESS RELEASE ON MYANMAR – 18 MARCH 2021

• SOLIDARITY WITH PROTESTERS IN MYANMAR
• NO RETURN TO MILITARY RULE – RESTORE DEMOCRACY NOW
• END THE ARRESTS, TORTURE AND KILLINGS
• DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENTS AND THE UN MUST OPENLY SUPPORT THE PROTESTERS IN MYANMAR

Terror and courage in Myanmar
Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. The shocking genocide of the Rohingya people, which tarnished Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Chi's reputation, recently brought Myanmar to the world's attention.

The people of Myanmar are living an ongoing nightmare since 1 February 2021, when the mililtary declared falsely that the election on 8 November 2020 was fraudulent. Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of the country's armed forces, the Tatmadaw, launched a violent coup – the first since 1988 - to overthrow the election, which had been won in a landslide by Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy. In late 2019, Aung San Suu Kyi unsuccessfully defended this same general and the military against accusations of genocide at the International Court of Justice in the Hague. Her collaboration with and attempt to co-govern with the military proved fruitless, as she and other parliamentarians including president Win Myint were immediately arrested under trumped-up charges following the coup on 1st February. The military is now ruthlessly dismantling civilian rule and reversing the steps begun about ten years ago towards democracy. Two officials of the elected government are among five people known to have died after being tortured.

Unprecedented unity among the protesters

TAOISEACH MUST RAISE THE YEMEN CATASTROPHE WITH JOE BIDEN ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT PRESS RELEASE - 16 MARCH 2021

UNPUBLISHED LETTER SENT TO FIVE NEWS OUTLETS IN IRELAND ON 11 MARCH

• TAOISEACH MUST RAISE THE YEMEN CATASTROPHE WITH JOE BIDEN ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY

• YEMINI PEOPLE ARE STARVING TO DEATH - LIFT THE SAUDI BLOCKADE NOW!

• CHARITY NOT ENOUGH – END THIS INHUMANE WAR NOW!

• IRISH GOVERNMENT SHOULD ONLY ALLOW HUMANITARIAN U.S. FLIGHTS THROUGH SHANNON

Dear Editor,

people in Yemen are starving to death. They are dying in hospitals, homes and on the roadsides fleeing to safety. Many severely undernourished children who make it to the safety of the overcrowded Hodeidah Hospital on the Red Sea coast still die as their bodies are so weakened with starvation. 400,000 Yemini children are at risk of dying according to the director of the UN World Food Programme. 11 million children need aid in the world’s worst humanitarian disaster. The UN estimates that 50% of health-care facilities have shut down in a conflict that has displaced more than 3.6 million people, over 80% of which are women and children. The Coronavirus pandemic runs rampant among such dysfunctionality.

Meanwhile fourteen tankers laden with vital humanitarian aid and fuel have been stranded for two months in the Red Sea off the Saudi coast due to the US-backed Saudi blockade. Hundreds of lorries laden with aid are stuck on the road to the supply gateway of Hodeidah port, unable to progress due to lack of fuel. This is an appalling vista in a country on the verge of a catastrophic famine where 90% of its food is imported. No doubt the situation is complex and there have been atrocities on both sides in this war but ultimately the Yemini people are the suffering pawns in a proxy war between Iran backed Houthis and the US-backed Saudi and UAE regimes where humanitarian aid is now being used as a weapon of war.

BREACH OF COVID RESTRICTIONS BY US TROOPS AT SHANNON AIRPORT - UNPUBLISHED LETTER TO IRISH TIMES

Dear Sir,

your report (US military troops travelling into Shannon breached Covid-19 rules, 15 February) underplays the significance of what is a shocking breach by US military personnel of Irish Covid 19 Level 5 lockdown restrictions. The surveillance of US military plane landings by Shannon Watch reveals that such breaches occurred on at least three separate occasions in the last few weeks. In each case the US military personnel were waved through the airport, were accommodated in hotels in either Clare or Limerick and seem to have been exempted from Covid 19 restrictions by Shannon Airport Authorities.

An apology from the US Embassy, as Minister Coveney offers us, is just not good enough.

What an appalling insult to the Irish people who are making huge sacrifices and are doing their best to fight the Covid virus by socially isolating, missing work and school and staying home. What an appalling insult to Irish neutrality. What we see here is yet another profound example of the Irish Government's craven submission to the needs of the US military machine in its imperial escapades, unyielding even during this frightening time of a global pandemic. What an outrage that at one stage during the lockdown of flights into Ireland, the only flights coming in to Ireland were those bringing PPE for our health service and US military aircraft through Shannon.

These latest incidents of US military personnel breaking Irish Government protocols on Covid 19 restrictions expose yet again the contradiction of our supposedly neutral country offering such a facility to the US military. Eighteen years of US led war has achieved nothing but horrific suffering and hardship to the people of the middle east. It is time for Ireland to stop this collusion in this wanton carnage once and for all.

Yours etc.

JIM ROCHE,
PRO Irish Anti-War Movement,
PO Box 9260,
Dublin 1.

Tel: 087 6472737

DAY OF ACTION FOR YEMEN – US PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN MUST STOP THE WAR NOW!

IRISH ANTI WAR MOVEMENT BULLETIN – 23 JANUARY 2021

DAY OF ACTION FOR YEMEN – US PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN MUST STOP THE WAR NOW!

The IAWM is asking all its members and supporters to join with multiple organisations and activists around the world to support the Day of Action for Yemen which occurs on this Monday 25 January.

There are multiple Covid-safe online events happening around the world including the UK’s Stop the War Coalition Global Online Rally at 7pm on Monday which you can register for through this link. The speakers include

Ahmed Al-Babati (British-Yemeni Soldier)
Dr. Shireen Aladeimi
Apsana Begum MP
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Danny Glover (Actor)
Daniele Obono (French National Assembly Member)
Yanis Varoufakis (MeRA25 Secretary-General)
Dr. Cornel West

Over 230,000 Yeminis have been killed in this war which has also resulted in a catastrophic humanitarian crisis whereby 24 million people including 80% of Yemini children (12.3 million) are dependent on and in desperate need of humanitarian aid. The country is in danger of a massive famine which could devastate an entire generation of Yemenis.

This catastrophe was all avoidable.

Western Governments have supported the bombing of Yemen by the Saudi / UAE coalition. The UK based Campaign against the Arms Trade (CAAT) estimates that over £15B. worth of weapons have been sold by the US, Britain, Canada, Spain, France and Italy to Saudi Arabia since the war started.

Why cannot such monies be used to feed the starving and cure the sick instead?

While there may be atrocities and human rights abuses on both sides of the internal conflict within Yemen as documented by Amnesty International in this report - https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/middle-east-and-north-africa/yemen/... - there is no doubt that this horrific war has been exacerbated and prolonged by the interference and support for one side by western governments particularly those of the US and Britain.

STOP THE EXTRADITION OF JULIAN ASSANGE TO THE USA

IRISH ANTI WAR MOVEMENT PRESS RELEASE 07 SEPTEMBER 2020

• STOP THE EXTRADITION OF JULIAN ASSANGE TO THE USA

• STOP THE PSYCHOLOGICAL TORTURE OF JULIAN ASSANGE

• DEFEND THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND WHISTLE-BLOWERS

• IRISH GOVERNMENT MUST SUPPORT THE ‘FREE ASSANGE CAMPAIGN’

• RELEASE JULIAN ASSANGE NOW!

Today, 7th September 2020 is a grim day for press freedom, the rights of whistle-blowers and human rights generally.

Award winning journalist and founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange is facing a 175-year prison sentence simply for publishing US government documents revealing evidence of war crimes and human rights abuses. If extradited to the USA he will be tried on a century old Espionage Act that has never previously been applied to journalists. The documents released by Wikileaks were published widely by such media outlets as the Guardian, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and many others.

Many prominent US politicians have sought to excoriate Julian Assange’s good character. Current Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden called him a terrorist. Other US politicians, including former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Sarah Palin, called for his assassination. These comments alone should question how he can possibly receive a free and fair trial in the USA?

Numerous Human Rights organizations including Amnesty international, Reporters Without Borders, the International Federation of Journalists (British National Union of Journalists & Australian Union of Journalists, MEAA) have called for the extradition to be halted.

In February 2020, 118 Doctors and Psychologists, from 18 different countries – Doctors for Assange – penned an open letter in the Lancet Magazine noting his dire state of health and calling for an end to the psychological torture he has suffered while being incarcerated at the Ecuadorian Embassy and at Belmarsh Prison.

IRELAND'S UN SECURITY COUNCIL SEAT

IRELAND'S UN SECURITY COUNCIL SEAT

LETTER SENT TO BROADSHEET NEWSPAPERS

Sir,

Ireland’s previous stint on the UN Security Council in 2001 is nothing to be proud of in terms of promoting world peace.

In 2001, under the then Fianna Fail Government with Brian Cowan as Foreign Minister, Ireland voted for several resolutions that ultimately approved the US led invasion of Afghanistan, one of the poorest countries in the world, in what then Labour TD Michael D. Higgins termed “an illegal war”. Nineteen years later with no end in sight America’s longest war has caused the deaths and injuries of tens of thousands, many of them women and children, and has created deep bitterness, division and sectarianism.

Since then successive Irish Governments have displayed a shocking partisanship that ultimately favours war and militarism that simultaneously destroy both human life and our fragile planet. Over the last almost two decades Fianna Fail and Fine Gael led governments have aided and abetted the US military war machine as it intervened, either directly or through its proxies, in multiple countries such as Iraq, Libya, Syria, Palestine and Yemen, by allowing armed troops, armaments and rendition flights pass through Shannon Airport.

They have equally, despite the optimistic rhetoric, been woefully lacking in their response to the refugee crisis, much of it the result of these wars.

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