Uphold our constitution! Inspect war planes using Shannon Airport

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Every week planes full of armed U.S troops pass through Ireland's Shannon airport en route to conflict zones. The airport has been directly involved in the illegal invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Over two million U.S troops have used Shannon Airport since 2002.

Ireland has even given an exemption to fees for these military flights. In addition, CIA rendition torture aircraft have regularly used the airport en route to the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison camp and other torture sites. Shannon's use as vital cog in the illegal U.S. renditions programme has been highlighted by Amnesty International, the Council of Europe, the UN Committee Against Torture and others. 

It's time to show the world that we don't support the bombing, killing and torture of innocent people. 

With Shannon back in the news, we now have a real opportunity to put pressure on politicians to hear our voices. At the very least we need to ensure these military planes are inspected. 

Please sign and share the petition today.

Successive opinion polls show the vast majority of people want Ireland to remain neutral and that we don't support economic development based on the slaughter of innocent people abroad. In 2003, 100,000 of us marched in Dublin against a war the then pope described as '"illegal, immoral and unjust". 100,000 Iraqis have since died in a war that Ireland is complicit in. 

Irish President Michael D. Higgins has previously spoken out on this, as have people such as Eamon Gilmore, Pat Rabbitte, Ruairí Quinn, and actor Martin Sheen. Enda Kenny has also spoken out on the use of Shannon. At the start of the Iraq war he said "We are not the 51st state of the United States. We are a free nation." 

Afri patron and former UN Assistant Secretary General, Irishman, Denis Halliday has said “Irish people do not want to make a living on the backs of dead Iraqis, dead Afghanis and dead Pakistanis. That is not the way we do business. We all want to make a living, but that is a price no Irish person is willing to pay.”

The militarisation of Shannon airport is illegal under both Irish and international law. Political parties and individual politicians have promised action on neutrality and flight inspections, but once in power, have abandoned their promises. 

It's time to change all that!

Please join the growing chorus of voices who want to bring about a democratic, independent and neutral Ireland that supports diplomacy, peace and an end to the use of Shannon airport as a war-port. 

If enough of us join together, we can put pressure on the Irish government to respect Ireland's Constitution – which is committed to “the pacific settlement of international disputes” – and ensure an end to Ireland's participation in unjust wars. 

Sign and share our petition today and let's make sure our leaders hear our voices. 

 

Working together for a better world,

Joe, Lisa, Rose, Andy and all at Afri

 

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“Afri is a small organisation with a global reach, whose creativity and imaginative approach give it an ability to punch above its weight. Afri represents a dissenting voice that sometimes goes against the grain, an extremely important role in society, especially at a time when the dominant approaches have brought us to a situation of grave inequality and crises. I reaffirm my support for Afri,…organisations like Afri are now needed more than ever and that they should be supported and encouraged by all who believe in democracy in Ireland and beyond.” 

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Background info

 

Shannon Watch

http://www.shannonwatch.org  

 

Amnesty International Ireland on Shannon renditions 

http://www.amnesty.ie/content/rendition-flights

 

Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA) on Ireland's neutrality
http://www.pana.ie/idn/neutral.html

 

Open Society - Globalizing torture (renditions) info
http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/projects/globalizing-torture

 

Irish Anti-War movement
http://irishantiwar.org/


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Shannon airport in the news

Behind bars with the Shannon One 
http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/behind-bars-with-the-shannon-one-1.1675241  
February 1st, 2014

Peacemakers like Margaretta D’Arcy uphold the greater moral law
Jan 28, 2014
http://www.thejournal.ie/

Shannon protesters spoke for many of us
January 27, 2014
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/shannon-protesters-spoke-for-many-of-us-1.1669349



Aosdana calls for release of jailed peace activist
January 24th, 2014
http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/aosdana-calls-for-release-of-jailed-peace-activist-29945747.html

79-year-old Aosdana member jailed for three months over Shannon protest
January 16th, 2014

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/79-year-old-aosdana-member-jailed-for-three-months-over-shannon-protest-1.1656720

US plane landed at Shannon armed with weapon, admits Gilmore

October 18, 2013
http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/us-plane-landed-at-shannon-armed-with-weapon-admits-gilmore-246664.html

 

New Red C Poll Shows that Irish People Want Neutrality

September 17, 2013
http://www.shannonwatch.org/story/new-red-c-poll-shows-irish-people-want-neutrality


Ireland told ‘atone for helping US rendition
September 12, 2013

 

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/ireland-told-atone-for-helping-us-rendition-242719.html


Report shows Ireland facilitated CIA rendition programme
February 5th, 2013
http://www.thejournal.ie/ireland-cia-rendition-782742-Feb2013/

 

Extraordinary U-Turn on Extraordinary Rendition by Labour Leader in Government
February 24th, 2012

http://www.shannonwatch.org/story/extraordinary-u-turn-extraordinary-rendition-labour-leader-government


Supporting US Wars Costs Ireland Over 4 Million Euro a Year

January 11th, 2012

 

http://www.shannonwatch.org/story/supporting-us-wars-costs-ireland-over-4-million-euro-year ;


Shannon protester conviction overturned
April 2011
http://peacenews.info/node/4260/shannon-conviction-overturned

 

Programme for Government should mean an end to U.S. Military use of Shannon Airport
March 11th, 2011
http://www.shannonwatch.org/story/programme-government-should-mean-end-us-military-use-shannon-airport

 

First Irish Wikileaks document reveals US attitude on Shannon Airport
http://www.joe.ie/news/current-affairs/first-irish-wikileaks-document-reveals-us-attitude-on-shannon-airport/ 


Anger at rendition flights through Shannon

September 2, 2011

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/politics/anger-at-rendition-flights-through-shannon-166249.html 

 

Ahern suspected US carried prisoners through Shannon: WikiLeaks
Dec 17th, 2010
http://www.thejournal.ie/ahern-suspected-us-carried-prisoners-through-shannon-wikileaks-59178-Dec2010/

 

US Embassy was concerned over Shannon

Dec 9, 2010

http://irishecho.com/2010/12/embassy-was-concerned-over-shannon/

WikiLeaks: Irish Government focused on U.S.-Shannon flights to gain support in election
December 02,2010

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/wikileaks-irish-government-focused-on-us-shannon-flights-to-gain-support-in-election-111181984-237729251.html 

 

 

 

Government faces fierce criticism over US-led renditions

June 25, 2008

http://www.irishexaminer.com/archives/2008/0625/world/government-faces-fierce-criticism-over-us-led-renditions-65873.html 

 

 

Eamon Gilmore calls for Shannon inspections following Amnesty report
14 March 2008 
http://www.labour.ie/press/2008/03/14/following-amnesty-report-gov-must-act-on-rendition/

 

Troop use of Shannon airport called into question by former Irish army commandant 
August 1 2007
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/aug/01/ireland-us-military  

 

 

Military use of airport wrong, says Irish cleric

July 22, 2007

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jul/27/usa.ireland

 

CIA is still using Shannon for torture flights

December 13, 2006

http://www.irishexaminer.com/archives/2006/1213/opinion/cia-is-still-using-shannon-for-torture-flights-20584.html 

 

Ireland-US row brews as Shannon Five acquitted by jury

July 26, 2006

http://www.irishexaminer.com/archives/2006/0726/ireland/ireland-us-row-brews-as-shannon-five-walk-free-9298.html 

 

 

Labour says Govt can't feign ignorance on extraordinary rendition following Council of Europe report
7 June 2006
http://www.labour.ie/press/2006/06/07/govt-cant-feign-ignorance-on-extraordinary-renditi/

 

Concerns grow in Ireland over use of Shannon airport as US military stopover 
Jan 21 2006

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/jan/21/usa.ciarendition 


Ruairí Quinn presses government over Shannon airport
October 9th, 2005
http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/govt-pressed-over-us-military-use-of-shannon-airport-224597.html

 

Cracks appear in Dail argument for use of Shannon airport 
March 23rd, 2003  
http://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/cracks-appear-in-dail-argument-for-use-of-shannon-airport-26229722.html

 

Pat Rabbitte says Ireland will be ashamed of its war role in years to come
March 21st, 2003
http://www.thefreelibrary.com/GULF+WAR+2:+AHERN'S+COALITION+BACKS+BUSH+IN+NEUTRALITY+ROW:+YANKS+A...-a099015000

 

Rabbitte seeks clarification from Bertie on use of Shannon  
March 21, 2003

http://www.indymedia.ie/article/24885?search_text=rabbitte&comment_order=asc&condense_comments=true&userlanguage=ga 

 

Government wins Dáil vote on Shannon
20 March 2003 
http://www.rte.ie/news/2003/0320/36388-iraq02/

 

Irish protest military use of Shannon airport
January 19, 2003
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/jan/19/iraq3   


Green party renew airport demands
January 18, 2003 

http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/green-party-renew-airport-demands-84735.html 

 

 

 

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