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Monday, 11 March 2013

Did the Irish Famine Constitute Genocide? With Dr Francis Boyle

United Ireland, Human Rights and International Law
Dr Francis A. Boyle
Professor of International Law, University of Illinois

During the past three decades, international legal expert Francis A.
Boyle has dealt with some of the most difficult problems created by
Britain's continued military occupation of six northeast counties in
Ireland. In so doing, he along with other Irish Americans engaged the
formidable Irish American domestic lobby in support of the Irish resistance.

This book addresses some of the most important aspects of their historic
campaigns—the struggle to prevent deportation of Irish freedom-fighter,
Joe Doherty, the protest against the U.S.-U.K. Extradition Treaty of
2006, the effort to engage U.S. multinationals in implementing the
MacBride Principles to roll back discrimination against Catholics in
Northern Ireland.

But most significantly, Boyle makes the legal case for viewing the
horrific Irish "Potato Famine"—the Irish Hecatomb—as a result, not of
laissez-faire economic policy, but of intentional British genocide.

This is the definitive book on all legal/political/human rights aspects
of the Irish conflict, including Britain's international legal
obligation to decolonize Northern Ireland and going forward, a legal and
human rights framework for establishing a United Ireland where all Irish
can live in peace with justice for all irrespective of their differences.

United Ireland, Human Rights, and International Law is required reading
for Irish Americans, people living in Ireland, and the Irish Diaspora
around the world.

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