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Gerry Adams TD raises Hooded Men European case in Dáil

7 December, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD today urged the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to ensure that the government is on time in making its submission o the European Court of Human Rights next Tuesday on the issue of the Hooded Men.

The Sinn Féin leader also called on the Taoiseach to ensure that the men and their legal representatives receive copies of any submission made by the government and he asked that it be published.

The Sinn Féin leader said:

“Almost exactly two years ago, and following the discovery of new evidence, the Irish government agreed to take the case of the Hooded men back to the European Court of Human Rights. That was the right decision.

“The 14 men had been tortured over 7 days by British Army and the RUC Special Branch using brutal in-depth interrogation techniques.

“To cover up its actions the British government lied to the Irish government; lied to the lawyers acting for the hooded men; lied to the European Court of Human Rights; and failed to inform the ECHR that this torture had been cleared at the highest political level by the then British Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington.

“It also claimed that it had banned the use of the five techniques in 1972. In 1978 it pledged to the European Court and the Council of Europe that it would not use these techniques in the north or elsewhere. But that was a lie also. The techniques were used by the British Army in Iraq. We also know from a US Senate Report on Torture that these techniques were also being used by the CIA on the basis of the British lies to the ECHR.

“The government’s decision therefore to defend the rights of these Irish citizens and to challenge the use of torture by the British was exactly the right decision. The deadline for the Irish government to make its submission to the European Court is December 13th. It is important that the government make its submission.”

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