Abolish The Special Courts Campaign

inchicore_republican

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Abolish The Special Non-Jury Courts- Concerned Citizens Launch Campaign

A new committee has been established by a group of concerned citizens to campaign for the abolition of the Special Courts.
The committee, consisting of trade unionists, human rights activists, socialists and republicans, has held a number of meetings and has agreed a proactive programme of work, aimed at building broad public support for the abolition of the Special Courts.
The campaign has challenged the legal basis for the continued use of the Special Courts and has raised very serious concerns that the operations of the Special Courts are a gross breach of the rights of Irish Citizens.

Speaking in Dublin, campaign spokesperson Sean Doyle said: “The very existence of the Special Courts demonstrates that the 26-County state is not a normal, democratic state. It should be remembered that the Special Courts were established under emergency powers, to deny Irish citizens the right to a fair trial, where the establishment deems that those citizens are a ‘threat’ to the state.”
“Presided over by 3 judges, the bar of evidence in these non-jury courts is set very low. Judges are usually relying on little more than the word of a senior Garda to convict a citizen of membership of a so-called subversive organisation. For this reason, the Special Courts have been repeatedly condemned by human rights organisations such as the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Amnesty International. Any objective examination of the Special Courts will reveal that their continued use by the Dublin Government is a gross violation of the rights of Irish Citizens.”

Sean continued: “The establishment of a second Special Court in April 2016 should be a major cause of concern to all political activists. With juries across the state refusing to convict anti-water tax activists, the establishment has been handed a bloody nose. Is it really that much of a stretch to imagine that we may soon face a situation where those in Leinster House, unable to rely on juries, move to try all political dissents before the Special Courts?”

Sean concluded: “We aim to build a mass campaign to Abolish the Special Courts. To this end we appeal to all democrats, trade unionists, human rights activists and other progressives to get involved in this campaign. Join us in taking a stand in defence of the rights of all Irish Citizens. The campaign can be contacted on Facebook on the “Abolish the Special Courts” page.”

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Dame_Enda

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Not possible while jury intimidation continues to be a serious threat.
 

Seán E. Ryan

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The Special Criminal Court is an abomination.

One of the standards of evidence relied on is garda opinion evidence. Even if the gardaí were close to being an organisation that cared about justice or dignity, this particular standard would fail to reach any bar set towards integrity.

Sooner this not so funny Irish joke is consigned to the dustbin of history, the better.
 

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Abolish The Special Non-Jury Courts- Concerned Citizens Launch Campaign

A new committee has been established by a group of concerned citizens to campaign for the abolition of the Special Courts.
The committee, consisting of trade unionists, human rights activists, socialists and republicans, has held a number of meetings and has agreed a proactive programme of work, aimed at building broad public support for the abolition of the Special Courts.
The campaign has challenged the legal basis for the continued use of the Special Courts and has raised very serious concerns that the operations of the Special Courts are a gross breach of the rights of Irish Citizens.

Speaking in Dublin, campaign spokesperson Sean Doyle said: “The very existence of the Special Courts demonstrates that the 26-County state is not a normal, democratic state. It should be remembered that the Special Courts were established under emergency powers, to deny Irish citizens the right to a fair trial, where the establishment deems that those citizens are a ‘threat’ to the state.”
“Presided over by 3 judges, the bar of evidence in these non-jury courts is set very low. Judges are usually relying on little more than the word of a senior Garda to convict a citizen of membership of a so-called subversive organisation. For this reason, the Special Courts have been repeatedly condemned by human rights organisations such as the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Amnesty International. Any objective examination of the Special Courts will reveal that their continued use by the Dublin Government is a gross violation of the rights of Irish Citizens.”
The courts were set up to protect the state from criminals who were and still are interfering with wittnesses and others involved in their prosecutions.

Anyone who does not like them should up stakes and fook off somewhere else with their paramilitary, republican and criminal buddies.

'Concerned citizens' is it. Now what might they be concerned about one wonders
They are probably worried about ending up before the courts themselves?
A new committee has been established by a group of concerned citizens to campaign for the abolition of the Special Courts.
The committee, consisting of trade unionists, human rights activists, socialists and republicans, has held a number of meetings and has agreed a proactive programme of work, aimed at building broad public support for the abolition of the Special Courts.
 

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I,m a republican, but given the very real amoral psychopathic threat from the drug profiteers, these courts will indeed serve a purpose.
 

Clanrickard

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Abolish The Special Non-Jury Courts- Concerned Citizens Launch Campaign

A new committee has been established by a group of concerned citizens to campaign for the abolition of the Special Courts.
The committee, consisting of trade unionists, human rights activists, socialists and republicans, has held a number of meetings and has agreed a proactive programme of work, aimed at building broad public support for the abolition of the Special Courts.
The campaign has challenged the legal basis for the continued use of the Special Courts and has raised very serious concerns that the operations of the Special Courts are a gross breach of the rights of Irish Citizens.

Speaking in Dublin, campaign spokesperson Sean Doyle said: “The very existence of the Special Courts demonstrates that the 26-County state is not a normal, democratic state. It should be remembered that the Special Courts were established under emergency powers, to deny Irish citizens the right to a fair trial, where the establishment deems that those citizens are a ‘threat’ to the state.”
“Presided over by 3 judges, the bar of evidence in these non-jury courts is set very low. Judges are usually relying on little more than the word of a senior Garda to convict a citizen of membership of a so-called subversive organisation. For this reason, the Special Courts have been repeatedly condemned by human rights organisations such as the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Amnesty International. Any objective examination of the Special Courts will reveal that their continued use by the Dublin Government is a gross violation of the rights of Irish Citizens.”

Sean continued: “The establishment of a second Special Court in April 2016 should be a major cause of concern to all political activists. With juries across the state refusing to convict anti-water tax activists, the establishment has been handed a bloody nose. Is it really that much of a stretch to imagine that we may soon face a situation where those in Leinster House, unable to rely on juries, move to try all political dissents before the Special Courts?”

Sean concluded: “We aim to build a mass campaign to Abolish the Special Courts. To this end we appeal to all democrats, trade unionists, human rights activists and other progressives to get involved in this campaign. Join us in taking a stand in defence of the rights of all Irish Citizens. The campaign can be contacted on Facebook on the “Abolish the Special Courts” page.”

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As long as the Provo cancer is amongst us the courts must stay.
 

fergal1790

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As long as the Provo cancer is amongst us the courts must stay.
We will find in the clearness of time that the majority of the currrent "gangland" criminals are former provisionals or have links to the IRA/INLA, the Special Criminal Court will always be needed in Ireland due to our history and current criminal problems.
 

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I,m a republican, but given the very real amoral psychopathic threat from the drug profiteers, these courts will indeed serve a purpose.
you're not a "good republican" if you don't support abolishing the SCC
 

Nesuno

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you're not a "good republican" if you don't support abolishing the SCC
Integrity, fairness, equality, are not these not honourable republican aspirations? To want equal access to health care and education for all, regardless of their socio-economic means or background, is that not an honourable republican aspiration? What is not honourable, is to presume a limitation on a person's moral fortitude based on social position, and so socially hobble him or her from ever daring to dream that is possible to believe a better life. Republicanism can never justify the denigration of another, or any activity that would seem to justify such denigration. The frightening thing is, such denigration is often born out of and justified by the most honourable and highest ideals, though in practice baring nothing in common with the ideal it espouses to justify it's action. A simple oxymoronic example might be beating a child for hitting another, in order to teach the child that hitting is wrong. All idealisms, republican or otherwise, are inherently flawed, because although they are meant to be expressions of our highest being, they instead become a convenient replacement. They devolve into a rigid and intolerant dogma, which we welcome because, we are spared the discomfort of having to honestly examine our conscience. Perhaps a better axiom might be is; "Above all else, unto thine own self be true". But even that in the mind of a petulant teen is fraught with danger as he or she sincerely believes in being "real man".

But to address your statement, you may indeed be right. Perhaps I'm not a good republican.
 

Dame_Enda

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Rather than abolishing it we should be using it more widely against the gangs.
 


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