Launch of the Irish Campaign to Free Marwan Barghouthi and all Palestinian prisoners

The launch of the Irish Campaign For the Freedom of Marwan Barghouthi and All Palestinian Prisoners will take place on Wednesday the 7th of May 2014 at 11am in Buswell’s Hotel, 26 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.

Special guest speakers at the press conference will be Mrs. Fadwa Barghouthi, Palestinian lawyer and wife of political prisoner Marwan Barghouthi, and Mr. Neeshan Balton, Director of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation in South Africa, alongside prominent Irish personalities.

The press conference will outline the history, aims and objectives of the campaign in support of the thousands of Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails which was officially launched on 27 October 2013 from Nelson Mandela’s cell in the notorious apartheid-era prison on Robben Island.

Other participants in the launch will include artist Robert Ballagh, President of SIPTU Jack O’Connor, Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, Chairman of the Oireachtas Friends of Palestine Gerald Nash TD, and Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Sean Crowe TD, along withthe Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Ireland His Excellency Mr. Ahmad Abdelrazek, and President of the Palestinian Community in Ireland Dr. Bassam Naser.

There will be a photo opportunity when Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, creator of the iconic image of Che Guevara, will present Mrs. Barghouthi with a special portrait of her husband Marwan.

The visiting delegation will also brief the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and will address a public meeting in Dublin’s Wynn’s Hotel at 7pm. Mrs Barghouthi and Mr. Balton’s visit will run from Tuesday 6th to Thursday 8th May inclusive, and both are available for interview after the press conference, or upon request.

The Robben Island Declaration For The Freedom Of Marwan Barghouthi And All Palestinian Political Prisoners has been endorsed by the members of the campaign’s International High Level Committee founded by South African anti-Apartheid icon Ahmed Kathrada, which includes former Taoiseach of Ireland John Bruton, Nobel Peace Prize laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mairead Corrigan Maguire, and the late Burmese human rights activist U Win Tin.

In addition to the speakers at the press conference, Irish supporters of the campaign include: Gerry Adams TD, Senator David Norris, Senator Jim Walsh, Emer Costello MEP, David Begg (ICTU), Maureen O’Sullivan TD, Felim Egan, Eamonn McCann and Trevor Hogan.