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IRISH POLITICIANS BETRAY GAZA
Irish political representatives shamefully abstain in crucial UN vote on Gaza

Ireland and 16 other EU countries abstained from the UN Human Rights Council resolution to set up a commission of inquiry into Gaza. Apparently over "concerns that the draft text was unbalanced, inaccurate and prejudges the outcome of the investigation." The resolution was approved with 29 votes in favour, one against (the United States) and 17 abstentions.
More details see here
Ireland's ambassador to the UN Patricia O'Brien today said Ireland had "a very valid reason not to support the resolution."
Yeah right Patricia, and the reason was our masters in the US embassy told us not to vote in favour and our spineless politicians meekly obeyed.

Update 24/08/2014:Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a UN-run school today, killing at least 15 people including children and elderly and UN staff. Ban Ki Moon states "I strongly condemn this act."

24th July: So far Israel has killed over 760 Palestinians including
over 150 children.This count is increasing by the hour.

For a list of all names, see http://www.imemc.org/article/68429
The website of the International Middle East Media Center.

national / rights and freedoms / news report Dé Luain Iúil 21, 2014 09:49 byMairead Calvert
The public and animal welfare organisations feel let down by the Irish judicial system.

E.G A.R (EAST GALWAY ANIMAL RESCUE) Moyglass, Loughrea Run by Sarah Gunther.
Miss Gunther was charged with eight counts of animal cruelty and received a fine of 250 euro at Galway District Court.on the 09/07/2014.

Many people have been appalled by the leniency of the judge in passing sentence on Miss Gunther and the state of the dogs found in her care.
Dogs which were removed from her care were ordered to be placed back into her care.With no surety that this will never happen again.

Miss Gunther in her own words called it an "Error of judgement".
Many believe she has showed no/little remorse for her actions and many worry that this will happen again and again.
It cannot be allowed to happen. What message has this just sent to the Irish public?

Miss Gunther has been very outspoken regarding individuals and rescues in the past and has been quick to point the finger at many Irish rescues regarding their standard of care.
She was also implicated in an on-line hate campaign directed at the family of Lennox. dog seized and destroyed by Belfast council on the 12/07/2012.

There are questions to be answered and larger issues to be addressed.Why was her fine so small? Why was she not banned from keeping animals? Why can she continue as a charity and receive public donations?

This case highlight the need for regulation within Irish animal welfare groups, qualifications, transparency, adequate support and perhaps a sentence that fits the crime of animal abuse.
And that Miss Gunther closes her rescue for good.
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antrim / rights and freedoms / news report Déardaoin Iúil 17, 2014 14:09 byEvan McCaffrey   text 1 comment (last - dé haoine iúil 18, 2014 12:04)   image 5 images
I am an American currently living in Ireland. I recently attended the Twelfth of July events in Belfast. This particularly piece is on my experiences at the bonfires. read full story / add a comment
international / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Dé Domhnaigh Meitheamh 29, 2014 16:17 byAnthony Ravlich
Responses of members of human rights organizations to post which considers religious political parties would have more influence if adopted a secular, ethical human rights base. Also my responses to sustainable development. read full story / add a comment
international / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Déardaoin Meitheamh 26, 2014 07:53 byPhilippe Agret
May 20, 2014 3:43 PM

Iqrit (Israel) (AFP) - On a lonely hill in northern Israel, a stone's throw from the Lebanese border, stands Iqrit church, one of the last vestiges of a village razed by Israeli troops in 1951. read full story / add a comment
international / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Dé Céadaoin Meitheamh 18, 2014 18:36 byAnthony Ravlich
Secular ethical human rights, which are universal, can be adopted by any political party as its ethical base. This includes religious parties as secular ethical human rights virtually equate with the Golden Rule espoused by the major religions. read full story / add a comment
international / rights and freedoms / news report Dé Luain Meitheamh 16, 2014 22:04 byJenna Maus
Supreme Court Refuses Argentina Debt Case and Validates Hedge Fund Predatory Behavior. The US Supreme Court denied Argentina's appeal for a hearing today, leaving intact a lower court ruling that validates predatory behavior targeted towards countries in financial distress. The high court also denied a related appeal on behalf of the more than 92% of bond holders who had accepted Argentina's restructuring deal. In a final blow, the court also decided that hedge funds can access information on where Argentina holds financial assets around the world. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), legitimate Wall Street investors and the US government had sided with Argentina because of the case's impact on debt restructuring, poor country access to credit and global financial stability. read full story / add a comment
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national / rights and freedoms / news report Dé Luain Meitheamh 16, 2014 13:50 byBrendy c   image 1 image
Last week on June 8th volunteer Seamus McLaughlin died in his adopted city of Dublin. Seamus was born in Ardoyne on February 22nd 1938. ", At an early age Seamus joined the ranks of the IRA and soon became OC of his local unit. England's difficulty, Ireland’s opportunity had always been the rallying cry of Irish Republicans and this young soldier of the l.R.A took Ireland's fight for freedom to the 'belly of the beast' in England, where he and his family endured many hardships including the loss of close comrades. Forced to live for decades on the run and his love for his family, community and country never wavered.

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international / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Dé hAoine Meitheamh 13, 2014 10:35 byWalden Bello   text 3 comments (last - dé sathairn meitheamh 14, 2014 23:48)   image 2 images
Outnumbered by the country’s rural voters, Thailand’s once vibrantly democratic urban middle class has embraced an elitist, anti-democratic agenda
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national / rights and freedoms / press release Dé Máirt Meitheamh 10, 2014 23:37 byiccl   text 1 comment (last - déardaoin meitheamh 12, 2014 18:13)
Ireland’s human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has described the 65-page Cooke report into the possible bugging of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), released by the Government late this evening (10 June 2014), as “an exercise in smoke and mirrors”. read full story / add a comment
international / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Dé Céadaoin Meitheamh 04, 2014 07:25 byAnthony Ravlich   text 2 comments (last - dé luain meitheamh 09, 2014 15:43)
Human rights group members ignore posts in which Pope urges UN to resist a 'Culture of Death' and where UN Watch reports the rise of repressive States to prominent UN positions. read full story / add a comment
international / rights and freedoms / news report Dé hAoine Bealtaine 30, 2014 00:32 byKM   video 1 video file
The Kiev Juntas mercenaries are adept at killing unarmed civilians and wounded soldiers but now they are suffering setbacks. 80 members of the fascist militia "National Guard" were captured by self-defense forces in Lugansk and a junta helicopter was shot down near the city of Slavyansk, killing Fourteen servicemen, including a major-general, Vladimir Kulchitsky. read full story / add a comment
international / rights and freedoms / news report Dé Céadaoin Bealtaine 28, 2014 18:58 bycalais migrant solidarity
*Now or never!*

*Everyone come to Calais !!!!*

The authorities have decided to destroy the three main camps, which shelter around 700 people. The only prospect for the inhabitants: a pill against scabies and life in the street! There can be no question of repeating the events of 2009, when the eviction of the Afghan jungle resulted in the arrest of hundreds of migrants, their detainment all over France and attempts to deport them to Afghanistan. There can be no question, after five years of persecution, of starting all over again from zero, while the machine of repression gears up once more. Never again! read full story / add a comment
international / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Dé Luain Bealtaine 12, 2014 13:01 byAnthony Ravlich
The consequences of the UN's neoliberal absolutism on 10 Dec 2008 has been hidden from the public by the UN and the leadership of the major human rights organizations but its effects are seen in the GFC 2008/9 and the recent rise of repressive regimes at the UN. read full story / add a comment
Ms Sekaggya met with Shell to Sea, Table Observers and other concerned members of the community in November 2012
national / rights and freedoms / press release Dé Céadaoin Aibreán 30, 2014 19:04 byshell2c   image 1 image
News Release - Issued by Mayo Shell to Sea
April 30th, 2014 - For immediate release

In a submission to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Shell to Sea have criticised the Irish Government for rejecting recommendations made by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights regarding the policing of Corrib protest [1].

In a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2013, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Margaret Sekaggya, called on the Irish Government to “Investigate all allegation and reports of intimidation, harassment and surveillance in the context of the Corrib Gas dispute in a prompt and impartial manner” [2]. read full story / add a comment
Scenes of confusion at Eden College on Burgh Quay, Dublin
dublin / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Dé Máirt Aibreán 29, 2014 22:53 byDave Moore   image 1 image
Eden College, one of Ireland's biggest private colleges and which until recently trumpeted former Minister for Education Batt O'Keefe as its President, abruptly shut up shop at the end of last week, laying off its staff. ICOS has been busy dealing with the fall-out. read full story / add a comment
national / rights and freedoms / press release Dé Sathairn Aibreán 19, 2014 23:10 bySeán Ó Murchú   text 1 comment (last - dé domhnaigh aibreán 20, 2014 16:26)
ON this the 98th anniversary of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic the Republican Movement Cork sends greetings to members, supporters and friends assembled at the graves and monuments of our patriot dead. read full story / add a comment
international / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Dé Sathairn Aibreán 19, 2014 11:52 byAnthony Ravlich
Repost (correction). Dissent within human rights groups grows after article Profound Arrogance at UN, the latter virtually seeing themselves as God when reinventing the UDHR to emphasize elite interests rather than individual rights.
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dublin / rights and freedoms / news report Dé Máirt Aibreán 15, 2014 12:32 by1 of Indymedia
Buried in the DLC CC website is a notice inviting members of the public to have their say in the 2016 - 2022 development plan. These are types of plans throughout the country that have been shaped, influenced and manipulated by corrupt developers in the past and probably will continue to do so in the future.

The consultation period has already been in operation for over a month since March 19th and continues until May 14th.

This is the public chance to have their say. However DLR have been very coy about this and have given very little publicity about it. It appears you have to know about it in order to find out about it. read full story / add a comment
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international / rights and freedoms / press release Dé Céadaoin Aibreán 09, 2014 21:24 byT   text 2 comments (last - dé céadaoin aibreán 16, 2014 20:44)   image 1 image   1 attached file
8th April 2014: Press Release - Europe’s highest court has given a judgement in the challenge taken by Irish human rights advocacy group Digital Rights Ireland (DRI) to the EU’s regime of Data Retention and mass surveillance.
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Bangsamoro
international / rights and freedoms / press release Dé Céadaoin Aibreán 02, 2014 09:11 byAkbayan - Citizens Action Party   image 1 image
The Bangsamoro Agreement: A Step towards Re-imagining and Rebuilding the Philippine Nation read full story / add a comment
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