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The “Irish Famine” Constituted Genocide – A Discussion With Dr. Francis Boyle

Thanks to what RTE should be on YouTube for filming this discussion and writing up the following short description about Dr. Boyle’s book.

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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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