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Jan 27th Deadline for Submissions on Govt Bill to Prevent Citizens Objections to Bad Planning & Developments

The government is bringing in legislation that will more or less remove your right to object to various types of planning applications and will give free reign to developers and private companies to do as they please. The new rules would require objections only from established interest groups that are in existence at least 3 years and have more than 100 members for that time. Fees will also be far higher. This means if someone wants to put a motorway outside your door and dig a quarry in the field beside you, or build a windfarm outside your front window, a sewage works over the wall, then you have to have known about it somehow three years in advance, have formed an interest group and have 100 members, not 99 or 50 or 20 but 100 !

Friends of the Irish Environment are calling on citizens and citizens group to make their voices heard during the submission period to make our opposition clear to the State. The rights of citizens to access our courts goes back to the Magna Carta.

Submission can be made until January 27, 2020.
Submission site: https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/public-consultation-general-scheme-housing-and-planning-and-development-bill-2019

For more info, see New Planning Bill ‘undermines EU environmental enforcement policy’ ‘Call to Arms’ over Planning Bill 2019

Artur Widak
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Sunday September 04, 2016 23:31 by Michael O'Dea   image 1 image
Culture Night, Friday Sept 16th, will see a major exhibition of photographs relating to the current refugee crisis in Europe take place in Rathmines Town Hall. The exhibition 'The Path to Freedom: pictures illustrating the journey refugees are taking from war-torn countries to Europe' is presented by photojournalist Artur Widak and will be accompanied by an illustrated talk, 'Experiences of Artur Widak' by Fiona Bennett. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Sunday September 04, 2016 22:40 by wsm   video 1 video file
The 5th annual march for Choice takes place September 24 and once more we are bringing together an anarchist bloc for the march, which is organised by the Abortion RIghts Campaign.

It's going to be an important march as the governement are desperately trying to delay calling a referendum to Repeal the 8th Referendum and a huge turnout will help to force them to abandon their delaying tactics. And with Repeal even being raised by Rose of Traless contestants (to RTE's horror) there is a real mood of urgency for change that must be expressed on the streets. We can't wait when 12 people a day are forced to travel to access abortion and more use pills at home under the theoretical threat of a 14 year jail term. read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Friday August 19, 2016 12:39 by iDefend   image 3 images
Newly formed human rights coalition, In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDefend|) calls on President Rodrigo Roa Duterte not to make his government’s war on drugs a war on human rights.
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Thursday August 18, 2016 17:09 by IPSC   image 1 image
This year the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign Sponsored Hill Walk will take place on Sunday 11th September 2016.

This year we will be taking one of the loop paths up along the cliffs of the stunning Howth Head. We will be setting off from the outside the DART station in Howth, Co. Dublin at 12pm, and finishing up with a meal and some liquid sustenance in Howth. The walk will take us along up Howth cliffs, taking in the stunning views of Lambay Island and Ireland’s Eye, accompanied by the scent of coconut from the bright yellow gorse on the heath. In total, the walk is about 10 kilometers.
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Thursday August 18, 2016 16:38 by IPSC   image 1 image
On Thursday September 8th 2016 you are invited to spend an unforgettable evening with acclaimed Palestinian author, academic and activist Ghada Karmi as she launches her latest book, ‘Return: A Palestinian Memoir‘ (Verso, 2016).

The event, jointly hosted by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Academics for Palestine, will take place in the Ballroom in Wynn’s Hotel, 39 Abbey Street Lower, Dublin 1 at 7pm. Entry is free.

Ghada Karmi will be in conversation with well-known academic and journalist Harry Browne, and there will be time for questions from the audience. read full story / add a comment
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antrim / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Tuesday August 02, 2016 21:36 by ipsc   image 1 image
As part of the annual Felie An Phobail, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) present two days of events in solidarity with the Palestinian people. All events are FREE and there will be stalls and exhibitions throughout the day.

Palestine Day #1: Israel’s War on Palestinian Children
Thursday 4th August 2016
St. Mary’s University College, Falls Road, Belfast.

Palestine Day #2: Boycott Israeli Goods
Friday 5th August 2016
St. Mary’s University College, Falls Road, Belfast. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday July 27, 2016 23:32 by Justin Morahan   text 7 comments (last - sunday february 12, 2017 12:35)
Kevin and Karen Tracey won an important appeal in the Supreme Court on Tuesday read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Friday July 22, 2016 21:50 by Greg Williams
Member countries of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) renewed a mandate for the UN agency on economic issues. The agreement will guide UNCTAD's work for the next four years. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday July 20, 2016 18:55 by Greg Williams
Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, called on a United Nations development summit to address debt, tax, trade and environmental policies that impact poverty.
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Sunday July 17, 2016 11:45 by lasc
The recent deaths of activists in Oaxaca involved in the teachers' strike have once again placed Mexico in the spotlight on the question of human rights abuses, and there seems to be no end to the spiralling number of the disappeared. read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Sunday June 12, 2016 03:04 by José E. López   image 2 images
Support the international effort to free Puerto Rican patriot and political prisoner, Oscar López Rivera! read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Friday May 27, 2016 00:05 by Stop TTIP   image 2 images
The idea of this meeting is to inform people of the secretly negotiated TTIP agreement between the USA and Europe. It is open to all.

We hope to be able to help launch an automonous local Anti TTIP group that can work with unions, political groupings and others to defeat TTIP, by being separate from but co-operative with others. This model has worked with the Water Charges Movement in the area and we hope it can be as strong on TTIP. read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Wednesday May 04, 2016 22:45 by greenpeace   text 1 comment (last - wednesday may 04, 2016 23:27)   image 1 image   2 attached files
Amsterdam, 2 May 2016 - www.ttip-leaks.org Today Greenpeace Netherlands releases secret documents of the EU-US TTIP negotiations. On www.ttip-leaks.org the documents will be made available for everyone to read, because democracy needs transparency.

“These documents make clear the scale and scope of the trade citizens of the United States and the European Union are being asked to make in pursuit of corporate profits. It is time for the negotiations to stop, and the debate to begin.

Should we be able to act when we have reasonable grounds to believe our health and wellbeing is at risk, or must we wait until the damage is done?

Were our governments serious in Paris when they said they would do what was necessary to protect the planet, and keep climate change under 1.5 degrees?

Environmental protection should not be seen as a barrier to trade, but as a safeguard for our health, and the health of future generations. read full story / add a comment
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Tuesday May 03, 2016 23:44 by Inga
Polish organizations in Ireland are holding a solidarity rally with the events in Poland. We invite all political parties and organizations in Ireland with a commitment to civic freedoms to join us in this positive event promoting full equality and inclusion for everyone. On that day, we want to stand together, above nations, borders and political divisions, in a common quest for a just and democratic society.
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday May 03, 2016 19:17 by Mack MacThomais
Recenly the emergence of a "new party" in Ireland made headlines, however social democracy is not new whatsoever. The legacy of this idealogy has left millions dead across the world however this article will focus on its impact in Mexico and how the Irish government were the only government in the world at the time to break off diplomatic relations with Mexico and its social democracy policies. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Friday April 22, 2016 23:15 by 1 of Indymedia   1 attached file
Previously confidential documents published (1) today reveal the staggering extent of UK Government surveillance that has been kept secret from the public and Parliament for the last 15 years. Revealed in a case brought by Privacy International about the use of so-called 'Bulk Personal Datasets' and a law dating back to 1984, the extracts show that the UK Government's intelligence services, GCHQ, MI5, and MI6, routinely requisition personal data from potentially thousands of public and private organisations. This includes data held by financial institutions and may also include anything from confidential NHS records to databases of people who have signed electronic petitions. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Tuesday April 19, 2016 23:34 by ìpsc   image 1 image
To mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 2016 the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is honoured to present Palestinian-Israeli lawyer Aouda Zbidat from Addameer, the Palestinian Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. Ms. Zbidat will speak on Wednesday 20th April in The Academy Plaza Hotel, 10-14 Findlater Place (off Cathal Brugha Street – map here), Dublin 1 at 7pm. Her talk will be a first-hand account on the key human rights violations facing Palestinian Political Prisoners in occupied Palestine. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Monday April 11, 2016 00:03 by Will Be Gnome
Recently David Gerstman of the Tower Blog (actually called “The Israel Project’s The Tower blog”) attacked the entire liberal arts Oberlin campus in Ohio as being lax on anti-Semitism because he doesn’t like what “one” of the college’s assistant professors wrote on her own personal face book page. Ironically Joy Karega, the alleged anti-Semite, was not really criticizing Jews in general, per se, but mostly what can be defined as some dirty politics of the State of Israel that is terrorist in nature. But conflating criticism of Zionists as supposed to mean anti-Semitism in general is what many propagandists are deliberately trying to d0—confuse various forms of debate in order to create a freeze on any negative criticism of the Zionist project in Israel as State for Jews or their Zionist influence here in America. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Sunday March 13, 2016 18:53 by Sean Throne   text 2 comments (last - thursday march 17, 2016 09:56)
Trump started back when Obama came to power. Questioning his birthplace. I have no time for Obama but this was racism. Then he refuses to condemn the KKK. His father was arrested as part of a KKK mob in New York City in 1927. Google Trumps farther and the KKK. Then he calls immigrants from Mexico and Central America, criminals and rapists. Then he calls for all Muslims to be kept out of the US. then he attacks women in the most vicious and degrading way. He is trying to build a white racist movement of mainly low paid workers and workers who have not benefited from the economic policies, globalization etc, of the past decades. Policies of the system that the racist Trump is a leader. in Chicago the youth came out and shut his racist divide and rule mouth. As Chicago resident i am proud. I thank the youth who took the lead. Sean O'Torain. (Throne.) read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Friday March 11, 2016 13:47 by Redred
RNU Ard Chomhairle member Tony Taylor had his license revoked by the Secretary of State yesterday. He now finds himself in Maghaberry, yet to find out why. read full story / add a comment
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