Pakistani Christian mother has been locked up in solitary confinement since 2010 after she was condemned to death under the country’s draconian blasphemy laws.
The government's minimalist response to the Supreme Court judgement, does not reflect the equality of dignity or the compassion that is so often promoted as a core value of Irish society.
“Because of the situation at the moment and the lack of action [on this issue] many prisoners and their families are living lives of quiet desperation,” said Fr Gerry McFlynn.
“I am grateful to the Supreme Court for reminding us, during these unsettled and cynical times, of what we must be about as a culture, namely, a society that both protects the person and allows his or her talents to flourish.”
The human costs associated with the ban on seeking work are: boredom, isolation and social exclusion; obsolescence of skills and creation of dependency; and negative impacts on physical, emotional and mental health.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide highlights "spurious grounds of her case, unfair trial proceedings and unjustified solitary confinement she has endured in jail."