8 March 2006



Last week two Basque Political Prisoners were killed by Spanish criminal prison policy and they are already four in the last 20 months.

Igor Angulo (Bilbao, 1973) was found dead in his cell in the Spanish prison of Cuenca (400 miles away from the Basque Country) where he was the only Basque Political Prisoner in the early hours of Sunday the 28th of February. Although the official version said he was hanging from his cell window and that he committed suicide neither his family nor the Basque people believe it. The forensic said he was laying on the bed (first contadiction) and his hands were tied by leather shoe laces (forbidden by the prison authorities). His girlfriend was speaking with him through the phone just few hours before his death and they were making plans for the future. He had no reason to committ suicide. The post mortem doesn’t provide any proof of suicide.

Roberto Sainz (Bilbao, 1965) felt bad during the morning of Friday the 3rd of March while holding a protest for Political Status in the Spanish prison of Aranjuez (300 miles from the Basque Country). Later on his comrades were told he died from a heart attack at the prison hospital. His lawyers and family denounced medical mistreatment as he didn’t get apropiate help.

Their funerals and popular protests were brutally attacked by the police.

More than 700 Basque Political Prisoners are hostages in more than 80 Spanish and French gaols hundreds of miles away from home. 12 prisoners were killed in the last 20 years and more than 20 relatives were killed in their way to visit them.

Despite the fact that ETA have not killed anybody as a result of their campaign in the last three years, 12 Basque political activists have lost their lives at the hands of the states.

All of this along with the political trial against 60 cultural, political, social and union pro-independence activists going on in the Special Spanish Court, torture, arrests, extraditions, new life sentences for political prisoners, banning of political and popular organizations, denying of civil and political rights render the situation in the Basque Country a powder keg and don't help at all the efforts that are being done by the left wing pro-independence movement and other nationalist and progressive forces to develop a process of democratic resolution of the conflict.

The Basque people need more than ever our support in this historical moment. Therefore the Belfast Basque Committee is calling a protest on SATURDAY 11TH 1PM CULTÚRLANN, FALLS ROAD, BELFAST.

Join the protests!! Support Basque Political Prisoners!! For a political resolution of the Basque-Spanish-French conflict!!


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oisín ó flanagáin said...

Ban on Irish in the courts!

A Chara, Kaixo,
POBAL invite all interested members of the Basque community and friends to a discussion on The Use of Irish in the Courts: Rights and Equality - The Best International Practice, on Saturday 15th August at 10.45 am, Europa Hotel, Belfast. The 1737 Administration of Justice Act (Language)(Ireland) bans the use of Irish in the courts here. In July 2009 Irish speakers challenged this law but the case was lost. At the meeting there will be a chance to hear about the case and the next steps. Supporting the event as special guest speaker on the Canadian courts system and best international practice will be the Canadian Commissioner for Official Languages, Mr. Graham Fraser. Graham Fraser, the Canadian Commissioner for Official Languages, is a well-known and respected journalist and author with close to 40 years of journalistic experience. As Commissioner, he is an officer of the Canadian Parliament and plays several key roles in promoting and achieving the objectives of Canada’s language legislation, the Official Languages Act. These roles include ensuring that federal institutions comply with the Act, upholding the language rights of Canadians and promoting linguistic duality and bilingualism. During a long and distinguished career that has straddled Canada’s language divide, Mr. Fraser has reported, in both French and English, on issues affecting Canada and Canadians, including cultural and foreign policy; constitutional debates and negotiations; and provincial, national and international politics.

Cuireann POBAL fáilte roimh an phobal Bascach bheith i láthair ag díospoireacht ar Úsáid na Gaeilge sna Cúirteanna : Cearta agus Cothrom na Féinne - Deá chleachtas idirnáisiúnta, Dé Sathairn 15ú Lúnasa ar 10.45 rn, in Ostán Europa, Béal Feirste. Faoi Act 1737 um Riar na Córa (Teanga)(Éireann) tá cosc iomlán go fóill ar úsáid na Gaeilge sna cúirteanna ó thuaidh. I mí Iúil 2009, chuaigh na Gaeil chuig an Ard-Chúirt le dúshlán a chur roimh an sean dlí seo ach theip ar an chás. Beidh seans ag daoine cluinstin faoin chás agus na chéad chéimeanna eile. Le tacú leis an ócáid mar aoíchainteoir speisialta ar an chóras cúirte i gCeanada, beidh Coimisinéir Ceanadach na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, An tUas. Graham Fraser. Tá clú agus meas ar Graham Fraser, Coimisinéir Ceanadach na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, mar iriseoir agus údar a bhfuil tuairim is daichead bliain de thaithí iriseoireachta aige. Mar Choimisinéir Teanga, is oifigeach Pharlaimint Cheanada é a bhfuil dualgais éagsúla air le spriocanna reachtaíocht teanga Cheanada, Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, a chur chun cinn agus a bhaint amach. Áirithíonn cuid de na dualgais seo go gcloíonn forais fheidearálacha leis an Acht, ag seasamh le cearta teanga na gCeanadach agus ag cur chun cinn dúbailteacht teanga agus dátheangachais. Le linn slí bheatha fhada agus an-dearscnaithí a thrasnaigh easaontas teanga Cheanada, thuairiscigh an t-Uas. Fraser, sa Fhraincis agus sa Bhéarla, ar eisiúintí a théann i bhfeidhm ar Cheanada agus ar Cheanadaigh a chuimsíonn beartas eachtrach agus cultúir; díospóireachtaí agus idirbheartaíochtaí bunreachtúla; agus polaitíocht chúigeach, náisiúnta agus idirnáisiúnta.


Le meas, eskerrik asko
Janet Muller
Príomhfheidhmeannach POBAL

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