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Anderson to continue to lobby for 'Hooded Men' in Europe

3 December, 2014 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed the Irish government's call for the European Court of Human Rights to reopen the 'Hooded Men' case. 

Ms Anderson said; 

"I welcome the fact the Irish government has called for the European Court of Human Rights to review its judgement on the 'Hooded Men' case. 

"Over recent years I have repeatedly raised the case of the 'Hooded Men' at the European Parliament.

"I brought a delegation of victims of collusion, which included Liam Shannon, one of the 'hooded men' to the European Parliament, earlier this year. 

"I also facilitated meetings between representatives of the 'hooded men,' their solicitor and human rights campaigners from the Pat Finucane Centre, with representatives of the EU Commission. 

"As part of my work to expose Britain' failure to comply with human rights obligations around the Article 2 right to life legislation I met with the Human Rights Commissioner in Strasbourg to discuss the 'hooded men' case. 

"That engagement led to Commissioner Nils Muiznieks coming to Belfast and publicly calling on the British government to live up to its responsibilities on the past. 

"I will continue to lobby on behalf of the 'Hooded Men' at the European institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg as this case progresses.” 

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