Should have listened to refugees: Siteserv & corrupt decision-making

Desmond Tutu quotation & photo


No one knows more than refugees about kangaroo courts, corruption, and biased decision-making.

For decades, Irish state institutions have flaunted Article 40 of the Constitution: allowing complaints to be decided by biased bodies; who are either the topic of the complaint, overseen by the body which is the topic of the complaint, or otherwise not disinterested.

The ironically-named Justice Ministry has likewise pursued a sinister agenda to exclude oversight and access to real courts; seeking carte blanche to decide the life or death of victims in human rights crime from all over the world. The notoriously corrupt RAT (Refugee Appeals Tribunal) has been quietly throwing victims and witnesses back to the death squads for decades.  No one heard their screams.

The resulting erosion of international law and human rights standards is a festering cancer on the underbelly of our own legal systems.

The Courts cannot be excused in this process. They play a prominent role in regulating decision-making bodies in the State. But no one has been minding the shop, on corruption in judges.

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and the Committee on Judicial Conduct have called for the creation of a body to handle ethics complaints against judges “as a matter of urgency.”

Clearly any government must be subject to immediate action/sanctions, which fails to adequately answer questions on corruption or risk to human life.   Clearly the government itself cannot be the judge of whether its answers have been adequate.

Some discussion of the High Court v. Dáil crisis also has potentially alarming ramifications.

Members of the Dáil have spoken of welcoming the Court’s announcement that it “had no intent” to gag the Dáil or free press coverage thereof.  Notice they didn’t say they had no right!

Such language suggests that the Court could have ever had the right to consider such a question.  Or that the press’ Constitutional right to report on public debate in the Dáil could ever be curtailed. A dangerous proposition.

Injustice to refugees:
its connection with government corruption