05/29/2011

Maghaberry Prison: Open Letter to the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Mai 29, 2011

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Dear Sir,

Concerns: HMP MAGHABERRY Prison

After the examination of the high-level Irish Government delegation by the UN Committee against Torture on 23 and 24 May 2011, the situation in Irish prisons has deteriorated…

As you know the health situation of the 59 old prisoner Brendan Lillis who is detained in MAGHABERRY Prison, is very critical and he needs urgent hospitalisation.

Another prisoner was found dead in his cell.

The prisoner Harry Fitzsimons has recieved a severe beating this morning. They went into his cell this morning, holding their hands over his mouth and nose to stop his breathing, punching his face they broke his glasses he has cuts on his face, they tried to break his nose, then they brutally ripped every stitch of clothing off his body.
One said he is unrecognisable, he has a suspected broken wrist an ribs due to the severe punching to his body,

I just heard that the prisoners don’t have visit from their Priest, or any outside contact and that the prison facilitators, as provided for in Maghaberry’s own rules, are not allowed.

 

I hear also that the screws are messing around with the mail and POWs may not be getting their mail.

May I request your urgent intervention in this matter?

I am waiting your answer.

Kindly,

Jan Boeykens
Faiderstraat 10
1060 Brussels
Belgium

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HMP MAGHABERRY Prison
17 Old Road Ballinderry Upper County Antrim BT28 2PT
Northern Ireland
Phone No.
028 92611888
Governor / Director: Pat Maquire

05/20/2011

Ireland: violation of human rights

Ireland with its violation of human rights, is a good example of the ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’ within the European Union…

Brendan Lillis remains in the prison hospital at Maghaberry Gaol where he suffers from a chronic medial condition called ankylosing spondylitis, which cause his spine to fuse. At present, he is confined to bed and his condition has taken a turn for the worst. His weight has plummeted to five stone and his rapidly deteriorating health is causing huge concern to his family and friends. 

His continued incarceration is a clear demonstration of the shameful nature of British rule in Ireland.

What they are doing to Brendan is against their own written policy. In keeping with the Northern Ireland Prison Service Corporate and Business Plan 2008/11, it is stated that prisoners’ access to health services must be appropriate to their needs and equivalent to those services available to the public.  This is off the NI Prison Administration website. They are not honoring their rules.

The high security Maghaberry prison in Co Antrim has been ranked as one of the worst performing in the UK.

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05/07/2011

Prisons of shame: Brendan Lillis, Ireland

Brendan Lillis – A Humanitarian Issue

“Trying To Save Brendan’s Life”

Brendan Lillis, a 59 year old prisoner from West Belfast 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 seen him unable 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!

Mr Lillis was an Irish Republican political prisoner who had been released on license but unfortunately was arrested for an attempted robbery over a year ago. Despite being judged unfit to stand trial due to his desperate medical condition, Mr Lillis is still being held in Maghaberry prison ‘on license’ due to his previous conviction for political charges and is in a Catch 22 situation where he can be held indefinitely at the ‘pleasure’ of the British ‘Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Mr Owen Patterson, M.P. With the ‘Secretary of State’ having the power to release Mr Lillis, only public pressure will convince him to allow this prisoner out of prison to receive the medical treatment he so badly needs and to spend his remaining days with his family in a non-prison environment.

Mr Lillis’ case is a purely humanitarian issue but it is complicated by his political antecedents. Ankylosing Spondylitis, the condition that Mr Lillis suffers from is an intensely painful condition that begins with a curvature of the spine and it has now got to the stage where he is in extreme pain 24 hours a day with little relief and sub-standard medical care. The Maghaberry prison ‘hospital’ is little more than a ‘sick-bay’ which is guarded by Unionist prison warders who would be antagonistic to Mr Lillis due to his Irish Republican past.

Roisin, Mr Lillis’ partner, is understandably beside herself with anxiety and is desperately looking for help with her fledgling campaign to have Brendan treated with dignity:

I am trying my best to highlight this but sadly I’m working alone and don’t have much experience this area but im trying my best……For the 1st 10 weeks he had no visits because he couldn’t get into a wheelchair and they wouldn’t let me into the jail, after a lot of debates with the jail i was eventually allowed to visit him in his cell which i have done since then. as you all no Brendan is now in a precarious situation and if he doesn’t get released from jail i am in no doubts he will die soon.

Mr Lillis’ case should be a concern for everyone on humanitarian grounds alone and it would appear that only public pressure will make the Secretary of State notice the plight of a seriously ill 59 year old man in Maghaberry prison who is in constant pain and whose weight has plummeted to a dangerous 6 stone.

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