Torture Appeal Important for Hooded Men

Today, at a briefing from the ‘Hooded Men’ and their legal team, we heard the harrowing first-hand accounts of the torture inflicted by the RUC and the British Army on the 14 Irish men detained without trial in 1971.

The European Court of Human Rights judgement in 1978 ruled the actions as degrading and inhuman treatment, not torture. While the Belfast High Court and the British Supreme Court have since acknowledged that, if it was done now, it would be considered torture; the European Court of Human Rights last month rejected an appeal request to officially change the ruling.

The international consequences of these types of actions not being deemed torture accentuates the need for the Irish Government to appeal the recent appeals denial.

'Hooded Men' Briefing
‘Hooded Men’ Briefing