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Roisin McAliskey

StoryMarch 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."

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.

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.


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