Archive for the ‘Human Rights’ Category
by Jamison Maeda
Michael Brown, an unarmed 18 year old, was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. It’s the infamous, American narrative; White police officers killing black people because of institutionalized racism and discrimination. Most people around the world are aware of it. Americans certainly are. But to what extent are black people more likely to be shot by police than other races or ethnic groups? The truth is, no one really knows the truth.
Following Ibrahim Halawa’s case, Three month ago, the trial of Mr Halawa was deferred and transferred to a new venue and a new judge, without a date being fixed. Referring to his trial on August 12 last, which was dramatically abandoned mid-hearing, Ibrahim writes: “I didn’t get to talk to my lawyer and the court cage was sound-proof (the one I didn’t even enter) which is also illegal. We refused to leave until we get to see a judge as a result we were beaten up, dragged down the stairs, handcuffed in threes, we were spat on and all this just because we refused to leave until we were to see a judge.”
Clare introducing the 34th Amendment of the Constitution (Right to Personal Autonomy and Bodily Integrity) Bill 2014. The Bill will be debated in the houses of the Oireachtas on the 16th and 17th of December. Click on the link below:
Justice 4 All express disappointment over the appointment of Nóirín O’Sullivan as the new Garda Commissioner.
Speaking at a press conference today, (27/11/2014) the Justice 4 All Committee stated, “We have dealt with many, many people across the State who have suffered horribly as a result of Garda malpractice. These citizens have been contacting us in droves since the announcement of Nóirín O’Sullivan as the new Garda Commissioner. They feel betrayed, and that all the Government’s talk about reform was just a cover to allow them to carry on as they were.
Independent TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly have also expressed their disappointment at the Government’s decision to keep policing very much in the hands of politicians, by the manner of the recent appointments of Nóirín O’Sullivan as the new Garda Commissioner and Josephine Feehily as the Chairperson Designate of the New Policing Authority Board. Both appointees will be answerable to the political class of the day, rather than the citizens they are meant to serve.