Free Brendan Lillis: Actions

–  Su Franklin –​s/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lil… Protest for the pows outside parliament monday afternoon. Let me know numbers please – There is a protest at Free Derry Corner taking place now.

– About 30 Aul dissidents standing in Shipquay St, L’derry protesting strip searches and for release of Brendan Lillis ( just found this on twitter )

– Duleek Independent Republicans will hold an urgent protest this wednesday evening on the bridge of peace in Drogheda at 7p.m. calling for the immediate release of Brendan Lillis from Maghaberry gaol.   We appeal to all republicans/groups to attend and show your support for Brendan regardless of political beliefs. Please bring along posters and banners highlighting Brendan’s case.   We ask you to forward this to your friends.  This has been posted on

– Radio, wbai: The telephone number for the UK Embassy in NY, per the radio show, is 212-745-0200. The moderator said to ask to talk to someone about Northern Ireland, and to not just talk to the person answering the phone. When you are connected, ask what is happening about the release of Brendan Lillis. Then, give them your number to call you back if they do not know.

– There was an action in Glasgow Free Brendan Lillis: Action in Glasgow

– Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney , has called for the immediate release of Brendan Lillis, currently being held in Maghaberry Prison. He was speaking after meeting Brendan Lillis in Maghaberry Prison as part of a Sinn Féin delegation who met with the prisoners being held in Roe House, Maghaberry.

– A  short sample letter and a few contacts here: http://www.irishfreedomcom​​LLIS.htm

– Brendan’s case and the FB group ‘Friends of Brendan’ were publicized on WPNA radio in Chicago during the Haggerty show.


Photo: Brendan Lillis  –  Brendan Lillis, a 59 year old former Life-sentence political prisoner from West Belfast, in Ireland, is currently desperately ill in the medical wing of the notorious Maghaberry prison, in County Antrim. He suffers from the intensely painful and progressive disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis which due to other medical complications has left himunable to move from his bed for 14 months and his weight has dropped to a perilous 6 stones (38.1 Kilos !). Due to a series of serious infections and medication which has compromised his immune system, Mr Lillis has been unable to eat, sleep or hold down even liquids for a period close to a month and is constant agony. In short, his health has deteriorated to such an extent that his partner Roisin, who is his only contact with the outside world, fears that he will die in his prison bed!

Friends of Brendan Lillis:​s/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lil…

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7 Reacties to “Free Brendan Lillis: Actions”

  1. kruitvat Says:


    MAGHABERRY PRISON, Prison Hospital, Upper Ballinderry Road
    Lisburn, Co. Antrim, North of Ireland
    BT 28 2PT


  2. kruitvat Says:



    Prison Hospital
    Upper Ballinderry Road
    Lisburn, Co. Antrim
    North of Ireland
    BT 28 2PT


    Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland
    22nd Floor, Windsor House, Bedford Street, Belfast BT2 7FT
    Tel: 028 9044 3982 Fax: 028 9044 3993

    David Ford, Justice Minister
    Department of Justice
    Castle Buildings
    Stormont Estate
    Belfast, Northern Ireland
    BT4 3SG

    Hugo Swire, Minister of State
    Northern Ireland Office
    Stormont House, Stormont Estate
    Belfast, Northern Ireland
    BT4 3SH

    Owen Paterson, Secretary of State
    Northern Ireland Office
    Stormont House, Stormont Estate
    Belfast, Northern Ireland
    BT4 3SH

    Northern Ireland Prisons Service
    Dundonald House
    Upper Newtownards Road
    Northern Ireland
    BT4 3SU

    Acting Governor
    Maghaberry Prison
    Upper Ballinderry Road
    Lisburn, Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland
    BT 28 2PT

    Joe Palmer, Prison Doctor
    Maghaberry Prison
    Upper Ballinderry Road
    Lisburn, Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland
    BT 28 2PT

    Tanya Norton, Detention Monitoring Adviser
    Association for the Prevention of Torture
    Route de Ferney 10
    P.O. Box 2267
    1211 Geneva 2

    Secretariat, Diane Penaueau
    European Council for the Prevention of Torture
    Council of Europe
    F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex

    British Irish Rights Watch
    13b Hillgate Place
    SW12 9ES

    Monica McWilliams, Human Rights Commissioner
    Temple Court, 39 North Street
    Belfast, Northern Ireland
    BT1 1NA

  3. kruitvat Says:


    Brendan Lillis (age 59) is a severely ill Irish republican prisoner being held in Maghaberry jail in urgent need of immediate release on humanitarian grounds, who needs your help now. (Sample letter below, sign Petition)

    Brendan was a former Maze prisoner who served 16 years at Long Kesh, four of them on the blanket protest, after his arrest in 1972 on political charges that led to five life sentences. In 1994 Brendan was released on license and returned to his West Belfast home, where he lived since his re-arrest in 2009. Immediately on his re-arrest, the British government revoked Brendan’s license, and he was returned to jail to complete the life sentences he was given in 1972.

    In reality what Brendan is serving is a death sentence, as he is now so ill he cannot walk or stand up and has been deemed unfit to stand trial. Brendan suffers from a chronic medial condition called ankylosing spondylitis; a painful and incurable condition which cause the spine to fuse. This man, who entered jail in 2009 weighing 175 lbs, has now wasted to 82 lbs and has not left his bed at all since January of this year. Previously to that he had been virtually confined to bed rest since his arrest. While incurable, this condition can be successfully treated with proper pain management and regular physical therapy. Since December 2010, Brendan has received only four therapy sessions, and his pain management can be considered questionable at best. In January of this year, the High Court in Belfast ruled that Brendan was not fit to stand trial and all charges were dropped against him. Despite the ruling, he remains in the prison hospital at Maghaberry jail.

    Brendan is held in isolation and has no contact with others. He gets no education, only one phone call a day, and he has not seen daylight in months. At present his loved ones are worried not only for his dire physical condition but also his mental state as this torturous confinement continues with no justifiable reason.

    Brendan’s physical safety is guaranteed under the European Convention on Human Rights, and his continued detention is in contraindication of Article 5, the Right to Liberty and Security – specifically the duty the state owes Brendan to inform him of the reason for his continued detention; and Article 6, the Right to a Fair Trial. Brendan also has a protected right under the EU HR Convention to the Provision of Medical Services under Article 2 the Right to Life.

    Please use the contact information below to firmly and respectfully demand the immediate release of Brendan Lillis on compassionate grounds. This man is a threat to no-one in this condition, and his release is the right and humane thing to do!

  4. kruitvat Says:

    NO MORE deaths by MEDICAL NEGLECT in British and Irish prisons!


    Irish Republican POW Kevin Murray (48) had been serving a 12 year sentence at Portlaoise Prison, Ireland; when early in 2001 he began to complain of severe headaches and dizziness. Repeated visits to the prison doctor did not alleviate his increasingly severe headaches, or lead to proper medical attention to his very rapidly deteriorating physical health.

    In mid-September of 2001, after a great deal of protest by fellow POWs and family and friends outside of the prison, Kevin was finally moved to an outside hospital to receive desperately needed medical attention for what was found at that late stage to be a massive brain tumor. By this time, however, his condition had become inoperable; and he was transferred almost immediately from Beaumont Hospital to a hospice care facility near his family in Dundalk. Kevin was administered last rights in early October after suffering a stroke which left him blind. Several weeks later, on Tuesday, November 13th, Kevin lost his long struggle for life.

    Kevin Murray died a few short weeks after finally being released from Portlaoise prison for the emergency hospital care which had been requested by himself, his family, and his fellow prisoners for several months prior to his death.

    The Irish Freedom Committee will continue to demand a full inquiry into why this criminal and inhuman neglect was encouraged and permitted by an institution of the Irish Free State, resulting in an easily preventable loss of life.

    Please make your voice heard HERE:

    Department of Justice
    Michael McDowell, T.D.
    Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform
    72-76, St. Stephen’s Green,
    Dublin 2,
    Phone: (From US) 011 353 1 – 6028202
    Fax: (From US) 011 353 1 – 6615461

    Your support to the Murray family is very gratefully appreciated.

    Please send sympathy cards to the family:
    Murray Family
    c/o The Irish Freedom Committee
    P.O. Box 11417
    Chicago IL 60611

    Vol. Kevin Murray
    MAY 13 1953 – NOV. 13 2001

  5. kruitvat Says:

    Human Rights Watch
    Between November and March this year, Human Rights Watch visited 16 prisons across Uganda. We found dangerously unhealthy conditions at many prisons, ripe for the spread of Tuberculosis and HIV.

    In British ruled prisons, the situation is not much better. Brendan Lillis, an Irish activist, will die one of the coming days in prison. Info: http://nieuwsnieuwsnieuws.​​ree-brendan-lillis-actions​/

  6. kruitvat Says:

    ‘Human rights’… Human rights for the rich and the powerfull people ?

    Human rights are “basic rights and freedoms that all people are entitled to regardless of nationality, sex, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, language, or other status.” Human rights are conceived as universal and egalitarian, with all people having equal rights by virtue of being human. These rights may exist as natural rights or as legal rights, in both national and international law. The doctrine of human rights in international practice, within international law, global and regional institutions, in the policies of states and the activities of non-governmental organisations has been a cornerstone of public policy around the world. It has been said that: “if the public discourse of peacetime global society can be said to have a common moral language, it is that of human rights.” Despite this, the strong claims made by the doctrine of human rights continue to provoke considerable skepticism, debates about the content, nature and justifications of human rights continue to this day.

  7. kruitvat Says:

    Radio, wbai: The telephone number for the UK Embassy in NY, per the radio show, is 212-745-0200. The moderator said to ask to talk to someone about Northern Ireland, and to not just talk to the person answering the phone. When you are connected, ask what is happening about the release of Brendan Lillis. Then, give them your number to call you back if they do not know.

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