Anderson calls on EU leaders to demand release of Marion Price
Speaking from Strasbourg today Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson congratulated EU Politicians on condemning the illegal detentions of prisoners in Guantanamo but pointed out their failure to address similar illegal detentions inside the European Union.
Martina Anderson said:
“The European Parliament in Strasbourg has taken an honourable stand today while voting a human rights urgency to support those prisoners on hunger strike in Guantanamo and those being held there without charge or trial.
"And while I support them in this stance and praise parliamentarians for bringing this resolution forward, I would encourage these same parliamentarians to show consistency in their opposition to illegal detention by opposing with equal forcefulness similar situations existing within the borders of their own member states.
"Marian Price has been in detention for over two years in the North of Ireland, held without charge, trial or due process. She is a seriously-ill woman who has spent the majority of her incarceration in solitary confinement. Martin Corey is also being held without charge or trial in the North of Ireland for over three years. This is just as unacceptable in the North of Ireland under British government sponsored regulations as it is under US administration in Guantanamo.
"The EU must practice what it preaches and demand that its member states uphold the same standards they demand of others. These detentions, whether in Guantanamo or the North of Ireland run contrary to natural justice and must cease.
"I urge MEPs, who are horrified to see such human rights abuses take place around the world, to campaign to end the practice of imprisonment without charge everywhere and to join with me in calling for the immediate release of this seriously ill woman and that of Martin Corey.
“The Irish government in its current role as President of the European Council should seek, without delay, the release of these political prisoners.
"I will continue to highlight this issue at an EU level, by engaging with those campaigning for prisoners' rights on a global scale and bringing the cases and campaigns of prisoners such as Marion Price and Martin Corey to their attention.”