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Roisin McAliskey

March 17, 1997
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Zaki Chehab

Political editor of the London-based Al Hayat newspaper and the Arabic TV channel LBC. For over twenty-five years he has covered Middle Eastern conflicts as a commentator for the Arab and Western media. His latest book is "Inside Hamas: the Untold Story of the Militant Islamic Movement."

Irish civil rights leader Bernadette Devlin McAliskey’s 25-year-old
pregnant daughter — Roisin — sits in an isolated high security
prison in London, England. She’s awaiting extradition to Germany on
charges that she attempted to murder 150 British soldiers as part
of an IRA commando operation last year.

Roisin’s supporters say she’s been framed because of her political
beliefs and because British officials are using Roisin as a way to
punish her mother. And international human rights groups have
complained about the conditions under which Roisin is jailed.

Joining us today to talk about Roisin’s case is her mother,
Bernadette Devlin McAliskey. Bernadette rose to international
prominence in the 1960s and 1970s leading the civil rights
struggles of Northern Ireland’s poor, Catholic communities. She was
subsequently the youngest woman ever to be elected to the British
Parliament.

GUEST:

BERNADETTE DEVLIN MCALISKEY, a human rights activist from
the North of Ireland. She rose to international prominence in the
1960s and 1970s leading the civil rights struggles of Northern
Ireland’s poor, Catholic communities. She was the youngest woman
ever to be elected to the British Parliament.


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