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European Court decision on ‘Hooded Men’ expected tomorrow - Ó Donnghaile

10 September, 2018 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

The European Court of Human Rights will announce tomorrow whether the Grand Chamber will consider the case of ‘Ireland vs UK’ on whether the treatment by the British government of the 'Hooded Men' in 1971 constituted “torture" or "inhuman and degrading treatment" following their  arrest during the introduction of internment without trial in August 1971.

Speaking ahead of the hearing Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile said: 

“Firstly I would like to commend the ‘Hooded Men’ and their legal team, and the Irish government for challenging the initial decision by the European Court of Human Rights which rejected compelling evidence that the ‘Hooded Men’ were in fact subjected to torture during interrogation after their arrest following the introduction of internment on August 9th 1971.

“These men were subjected to days of being hooded, beaten, subjected to white noise, isolation and long periods of standing spreadeagled on fingertips and on their toes against a wall.

“I note the unanimous support in the Seanad for the motion I brought calling on the Irish Government to appeal this decision. 

“This case not only has personal and human rights implications for the ‘Hooded Men’ but for human rights globally.

“The key issue facing the panel and indeed the European Court is whether or not it is acceptable or unacceptable for governments to use torture on citizens.

“That is why this case is so important and so relevant to live global circumstances, where people continue to find themselves victims of torture.”

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