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Further torture revelations cannot be covered up by British government - Sheehan

2 February, 2017 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin candidate for West Belfast, Pat Sheehan, said today that the people of the North will not be surprised at further revelations tonight on Channel 4 that detainees in the north were subjected to electric shocks and water boarding by British soldiers in the early 70s.

Speaking earlier Mr Sheehan said:

"The revelations on Channel 4 are part of a growing body of evidence of the use of torture by British state forces in the Six Counties including the 5 techniques inflicted on the Hooded Men and later used in their occupation of Iraq.

"The British state has done all in its power to cover up the extent of the role its forces played in the conflict including torture and the murder of Irish citizens.

"The British Secretary of State is attempting to legalise the policy of impunity enjoyed by British soldiers and state forces during the conflict.

"No party to the conflict should be above the law and the British government needs to end the cover ups and delays which have halted the implementation of the legacy mechanisms agreed in the Stormont House talks to deal with the legacy of the past.

"The Irish government as co-guarantors of the GFA need to robustly protect the rights of Irish citizens in the north.

"They need to hold the British government to account and insist that they honour their international human rights obligations."

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