A recent investigation by the BBC has revealed over 150 reports of police officers misusing body cameras in England and Wales. While a substantial number of incidents involve police turning off their cameras or deleting footage of themselves being violent, other cases involve police officers sharing images of vulnerable people amongst themselves on social media. … Read more
Police in the six counties “appeared to ignore the rules” when strip-searching children. This is according to a report carried out by the Policing Board, released 27 June. During 2022, the PSNI strip-searched 27 teenaged children. While police argued that all of these cases were “justified”, 25 found nothing. Of the children strip-searched, the youngest … Read more
Members of the Communist Party of Venezuala (PCV) were attacked by state agents while engaging in a workers’ rights protest in Caracas last Thursday (21 July). In a statement by the party, they revealed that while marching alongside trade union activists in a Unitary Trade Union Platform-organised demonstration against plans by the National Budget Office … Read more
OAP, Béal Feirste In ‘The Fascist Offensive’, Georgi Dimitrov lays out clearly what fascism is and how it operates. He writes; Fascism is the power of finance capital itself… The development of fascism, and the fascist dictatorship itself, assume different forms in different countries, according to historical, social and economic conditions and to the national … Read more
AR, Béal Feirste Cover Photo Credit: Ciara McMullan Photography In January 2017, the leading parties in the Stormont executive, the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) and Sinn Féin, split over the DUP’s handling of a green energy scandal, causing the executive to collapse. This meant that, in the absence of executive ministers, civil servants were running the country. However, because … Read more
Denial of access to abortion services has the potential to jeopardise a persons physical and mental health and denies them autonomy, dignity and freedom. The denial of abortion access is a form of violence and oppression and reflects a patriarchal agenda concerned with the control of the sexuality and bodies of women and pregnant people. It is crucial that we stand with women and pregnant people and ensure that they are given the reproductive rights and care that they deserve.
This document has been republished with the permission of its author, Nathan Hastings, a former prisoner, in order to develop people’s understanding of the current situation faced by political prisoners in Ireland today, as well as the prevailing conditions in the penal regime throughout the country which the governments both north and south use to reinforce their political control.