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Government should appeal Hooded Men judgement – Adams

21 March, 2018 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams is supporting the call by the group of former internees known as the ‘Hooded Men’ for the Irish Government to appeal the decision by the European Court of Human Rights that their treatment by the British state in August 1971 amounted to torture.

Teachta Adams said:

“The decision of the ECHR is disappointing. It is based on a legal interpretation of the arguments and evidence presented in the original case in 1970s. It fails to take account of the torture inflicted on the hooded men by British Army and RUC interrogators at that time and its long term consequences for the physical and mental health of the men involved.

“Of equal concern is that the decision by the Court will encourage those states which have since relied on the 1978 judgement to defend their interrogation tactics.

“The court’s decision is bad in law and bad in practice. It will undermine the protection of human rights across the world. The Irish government should accept the dissenting opinion from the Irish representative on the panel and appeal the case.

“Some have tried to clear Britain of any wrong doing in 1971 as a result of the ECHR’s decision. It is important to remember that the Courts decision does not affect the court’s original 1978 ruling that the men suffered inhuman and degrading treatment, in breach of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.” 

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