Save Irish Rathlin island golden hares, petition

This video says about itself:

Rathlin’s Golden Hare, Ireland

22 June 2008

Join Wyllie O Hagan in an evening encounter with Ireland’s Award Winning Wildlife Photographer Tom Mc Donnell.

See Rathlin Island from a photographer’s viewpoint. You will have seen Rathlin Island‘s seals, puffins and bird sanctuary before. Here we share with Youtubers the first video recorded sighting of the Island’s famous “Golden Hare”. Wyllie O Hagan filmed this footage of the hare on Rathlin Island in May 2008.

It was an extraordinary event, and this is the inspiration for O Hagan’s next relief print which will accompany “The Wild Swans at Coole“.

See the artist make the print here.

From the 38 Degrees site, this petition:

Save Rathlin Island Hares

To: Minister Mark Durkan, DOE

Make Rathlin Island into a hare reserve and reintroduce special protection for hares in Northern Ireland.

Why is this important?

This is important because the hare is being hunted out of existence on Rathlin, with a shooter being brought in by local farmers – apparently hares eat too much grass and are considered a pest. This beautiful animal is an integral part of our wildlife and heritage. Rathlin used to be one of its strongholds in Northern Ireland and people still come from all over the world to see these animals, including the rare genetic variant – the Golden Hare. Surely these amazing animals have a right to survival on their island home, where we can enjoy them for years to come. Once they are gone, like in so many other places in Northern Ireland, they are gone. Please help us protect them before it’s too late.

Northern Ireland child abuse covered up?

This video from Ireland says about itself:

Ian Paisley involved in Kincora Boy’s Home cover-up scandal

7 December 2012

Ian Paisley admits he knew of the abuse at Kincora Boy’s home in Belfast and did nothing.

By Paddy McGuffin:

Kincora child abuse allegations: Amnesty demands Official Secrets Act suspension to allow ex-spies to give evidence

Saturday 2nd August 2014

Ex-soldier claims he was ordered to shelve investigation into Northern Ireland boys’ home

Amnesty International called for the suspension of the Official Secrets Act yesterday to enable former intelligence officers to give evidence during the government’s child abuse inquiry.

The call follows claims by an ex-soldier involved in military intelligence that he was told to shelve an investigation into sexual abuse at a boys’ home in Northern Ireland in the 1970s.

Home Secretary Theresa May has faced widespread calls from politicians and lobbyists to include the Kincora Boys’ Home in the child abuse inquiry following revelations about serial sex offenders including Jimmy Savile.

The inquiry was set up to examine how public bodies handled their duty of care to protect children from predatory paedophiles.

Brian Gemmell said he was ordered to halt his probe into Kincora by a senior MI5 officer in 1975 after presenting a report on the allegations.

Mr Gemmell said he found out about the abuse through two sources, including an agent called Royal Flush, while he was gathering information about loyalist paramilitaries.

“I was summoned to go and see him (the MI5 officer). I went up thinking he was going to be pleased with me,” he said.

“He bawled me out. He was rude and offensive and hostile. He told me not just to stop any investigation into Kincora, but to drop Royal Flush.”

Another former army officer Colin Wallace has previously said any new investigation of Kincora must have access to information from intelligence agencies.

In 1981 three senior care staff at the east Belfast boys’ home were jailed for abusing 11 children and it has been claimed that people of the “highest profile” were connected.

Amnesty International Northern Ireland director Patrick Corrigan said: “The focus must be the protection of children, rather than officials and their dirty secrets.”

Mr Corrigan added: “The Home Secretary must announce the inclusion of Kincora in the inquiry and an exemption so that army officers and others bound by the Official Secrets Act can finally speak freely.”

A public inquiry in Northern Ireland into institutional child abuse between 1922 and 1995, which is sitting in Banbridge, faced possible suspension last month due to a lack of funds.

The Kincora scandal: ‘MI5 tried to blackmail Belfast homosexual,’ says whistleblower: here.

Anti-Semitic violence in Belfast condemned

This video is called Belfast Synagogue.

From the Sinn Fein site in Ireland:

Kelly condemns synagogue attacks

21 July, 2014 – by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has condemned outright an attack on a synagogue in north Belfast.

Speaking after windows at the synagogue on Somerton Road were smashed at the weekend, the North Belfast MLA said:

“I condemn outright this attack on the synagogue on Somerton Road.

“There can be no place for attacks on any place of worship, regardless of the religion or denomination.

“The local Jewish community makes a valuable contribution to our society and there is no justification for hate crimes.

“If anyone has any information on these attacks then they should contact the PSNI.”

Ku Klux Klan interview on BBC

This video from the USA is about the Ku Klux Klan and lynching.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Protests were also held outside the BBC’s Broadcasting House in Belfast yesterday over the publicly funded corporation’s decision to interview a Ku Klux Klan member on Wednesday’s Good Morning Ulster programme.

Belfast Trades Council and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions Youth said the BBC’s decision beggars belief.

“The KKK are renowned for lynching people because of the colour of their skin. There can be no justification for these racist, divisive, reactionary beliefs nor should they be given the oxygen of publicity by the largest broadcaster on these islands,” they said.

Anti-Polish xenophobic crime in Northern Ireland

This is a video about Combat 18, a British neo-nazi terrorist organisation responsible for much violence in Northern Ireland.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Poland’s envoy concerned by attacks on Polish families in east Belfast

Jerome Mullan to hold talks with Police Service of Northern Ireland over rise in assaults and hate crimes

Henry McDonald

Monday 5 May 2014 20.07 BST

Poland‘s diplomatic representative to Northern Ireland has expressed concern over a spike in xenophobic attacks on Polish families in Belfast.

The Polish consul is to hold talks with the Police Service of Northern Ireland on Tuesday over the rise in assaults and hate crimes directed at the Polish population in the city. Three homes where Polish families lived were attacked in east Belfast over the weekend with windows smashed and graffiti sprayed on hoardings with the words “locals only”.

The PSNI has blamed the Ulster Volunteer Force for orchestrating the attacks which have also been directed at Africans and Romanians in recent months.

According to police figures there has been a 40% in increase in race and hate crimes in the region but mainly focused on greater Belfast.

In response the PSNI has set up Operation Orion, a new police unit that will target those behind hate crimes.

Jerome Mullan, the Polish consul, condemned those responsible for the attacks.

“The families are frightened and they don’t understand why this has happened to them I’m concerned about where we are going and we have to get it stopped,” he said.

“It is very sad when you have these continued attacks taking place, they’ve been going on for far too long now.”

Polish community worker Eva Grossman said: “Yet again Northern Ireland is gaining the reputation as the hate crime capital of Europe.”

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Racist crime in Northern Ireland

This video is called Racist Hate Crime in Northern Ireland.

From UTV in Northern Ireland:

15-strong gang carry out racist attack

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

A man has lost two teeth after he and two others were targeted in a racist attack in east Belfast.

Two men in their early 20s and a 19-year-old woman, all from Eastern Europe, were assaulted by a gang of around 15 people at waste ground near Lawnmount Street on Monday between 9pm and 9.30pm.

The gang – which included one woman – assaulted the victims with golf clubs leaving them with bruising and cuts, while one man lost two teeth.

Police are treating it as a race hate crime and are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the attack to contact them on the new non-emergency number 101.

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‘British army murdered Irish civilians’

This video from Britain is called Secret army unit had ‘licence to kill’ unarmed civilians Northern Ireland.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Army ‘terror’ unit murdered unarmed Irish

Friday 22nd November 2013

Ex-members speak out on Britain’s secret cell

A Covert British army unit which operated in 1970s Northern Ireland gunned down and murdered unarmed civilians with seeming impunity, former members have alleged.

As well as targeting suspected IRA members, it is claimed that the shadowy Military Reaction Force (MRF) also carried out drive-by shootings of nationalists despite there being no independent evidence that they were members of the paramilitary group.

Former members of the unit told the BBC’s Panorama programme that they believed they were not subject to military regulations prohibiting firing unless their lives were in immediate danger – known as the yellow card.

One said: “We were not there to act like an army unit, we were there to act like a terror group. We were there in a position to go after IRA and kill them when we found them.”

The reaction force had around 40 hand-picked men from across the British army. They operated in west Belfast at the height of the Troubles in the early 1970s but were apparently disbanded after 18 months.

Another ex-member said: “If you had a player who was a well-known shooter who carried out quite a lot of assassinations … it would have been very simple, he had to be taken out.”

Seven former members of the force said they believed the yellow card did not apply to them and one described it as a “fuzzy red line,” meaning they acted as they saw fit. Some said they would shoot unarmed targets.

Among those unarmed civilians believed to have been shot by the MRF was Patrick McVeigh, a member of the Catholic Ex-Servicemen’s Club who was fatally shot in the back in 1972.

Patrick Corrigan, director of Amnesty International NI, said the charity had long called for an independent investigation into allegations of extra-judicial executions by the security forces in Northern Ireland.

He said that senior police inquiries had been conducted but never fully published.

The revelations underlined the charity’s call for a new, mechanism to investigate rights violations and abuse in Northern Ireland which must include those who “pulled the strings.”

See also here. And here. And here.

A new book sheds much-needed light on the extent of police collusion during the Troubles, writes PAUL DONOVAN: here.

British secret torture center in Northern Ireland discovery

This video, recorded in England, says about itself:

Pat Finucane: Collusion and the Struggle for Truth, John Finucane

Jun 25, 2012

John Finucane, the son of Belfast human rights lawyer Pat Finucane, who was shot dead by loyalist paramilitaries, talks of his family’s struggle for the truth at an Edge Hill University event.

By Paddy McGuffin:

Britain’s dirty little secret

Wednesday 07 August 2013

The British government operated a secret deep interrogation centre in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland, during its 1971 internment campaign but concealed its existence from European courts, it was claimed today.

On August 9 1971, around 350 people were arrested and interned without charge or trial in one of the most infamous operations of the Troubles.

Twelve of the internees were subjected to “deep interrogation” methods involving sleep deprivation, white noise, wall-standing, a diet of bread and water and hooding.

The use of the “five techniques,” as they were known, was officially outlawed by the Heath government in 1972. However, recent cases revealed that the British forces continued to use them up to and during the 2003 Iraq invasion.

In 1978 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared that the 12 and another two men had been subjected to “inhumane and degrading treatment” but stopped short of declaring it torture.

Evidence given to the ECHR by British officials suggested that they had been held at Palace Barracks near Hollywood and Ballykinler in County Down.

But newly declassified documents, unearthed by human rights group the Pat Finucane Centre (PFC), revealed that a secret centre was run in Ballykelly, County Derry, and that the 12 underwent the barbaric “deep interrogation” techniques there.

A previously secret Ministry of Defence memo cites a British Lieutenant Colonel saying: “It was very important to keep secure the existence and location of the centre at Ballykelly where the 12 detainees in question had been interrogated. It was not publicly known that this centre existed as well as others which were known.”

Prior to the ECHR ruling, a government-ordered inquiry was set up to examine the events of internment. But the inquiry, under Sir Edmund Compton, which delivered its report in November 1971, made no mention of Ballykelly.

Compton visited five interrogation sites but Ballykelly was not among them.

A subsequent probe the following year led by Lord Parker also makes no mention of Ballykelly.

Sara Duddy of the PFC told the Star: “We believe the two British inquiries should be binned, as with the Widgery inquiry into Bloody Sunday (commonly regarded as a whitewash).

“We also believe that what was done was possibly illegal under article three of the European Convention on Human Rights which states that there is an absolute prohibition on torture.

“The fact that the British government failed to disclose the existence of Ballykelly to the ECHR, which was investigating allegations of torture shows an absolute lack of respect for the court and human rights.”

The PFC said it had now written to the Irish government, which brought the 1978 ECHR case, to ask it to examine the claims that Britain deliberately concealed the information. It is also preparing a submission to the Committee of Ministers in Europe.

Families of victims of the 1998 Omagh bombing vowed today to take the British and Irish governments to court if they continue to refuse to hold a public inquiry into the atrocity: here.

Captive deer hunted in Northern Ireland

This video from (southern) Ireland says about itself:

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports very much welcomes the passing of legislation in the Dail on 29 June 2010 to outlaw the hounding of deer with a pack of dogs. The successful Wildlife Amendment Bill 2010 bans the Ward Union deerhunt which for 150 years has been terrorising tame red deer.

About carted deer hunting: In carted deer hunting, captive-bred deer were released and chased to exhaustion by a pack of hounds. Although the aim was not to kill the deer, the creatures suffered a gruelling cross-country chase which left them exhausted, injured and at risk of dying from heart failure. Deer have also died while being recaptured.

From Wildlife Extra:

Captive deer being hunted in Northern Ireland

Is deer ‘carting’ still happening in Northern Ireland

March 2013. A recent BBC report has highlighted the practice of ‘carting’ deer. Carting refers to the practice of hunting deer, usually on horseback, that have been kept in captivity for that purpose.

An undercover BBC film crew filmed a deer being kept in a trailer, and then in a shed, for several days, before being released minutes before the hunt appeared outside the shed.

Bovine TB

Ulster Society Prevention Cruelty to Animals (USPCA) have pointed out that this has happened in an area where authorities are currently testing badgers for tb in an effort to prevent tb in cows, yet this deer was kept on a farm with cows.

USPCA said “The law in Northern Ireland must change and consign ‘hunting with dogs’ to the waste bin of history bringing us into line with the rest of the UK. Until that objective is achieved any evidence of ‘carted’ stag hunting should be reported to PSNI as a suspected criminal offence.”