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Hooded Men case cannot be consigned to history

30 November, 2014 - by Gerry Kelly

 Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has said the Irish Government cannot allow the case of the torture of Irish citizens known as ‘The Hooded Men’ to be consigned to history by failing to meet the 4th December deadline to raise the case with the European Court.

 Mr Kelly said,

 “In 1971 during the introduction of internment 14 Irish men were subject to torture techniques and the British Government was found guilty of torture by the European Court of Human Rights.

 “However, the British challenged this decision and had it overturned but new evidence has surfaced that the British lied, that torture was planned and systematic and that the original judgement was correct.

 “However if the Irish Government do not request that the case be open before this Thursday 4th December then the case will be closed forever.

 “The Irish Government has an onus of responsibility to have this case opened, not only for justice for the men and their families but also to put a marker down that they do not condone torture.

 “To allow the case to be consigned to history will only encourage nations practicing torture in countries around the globe to continue and send out a signal that the Irish Government will not protect its citizens.”

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