For all of you who missed the documentary last week – here it is:
The treatment of the Hooded Men, and the way it was handled by Britain and the European Court, paved the way for the use of torture as an interrogation technique by democratic societies
By a vote of 14 to 3, the Court found, “Although the five techniques, as applied in combination, undoubtedly amounted to inhuman and degrading treatment, although their object was the extraction of confessions, the naming of others and/or information and although they were used systematically, they did not occasion suffering of the particular intensity and cruelty implied by the word torture as so understood.” (Judgment in the Case of Ireland v. The United Kingdom)
The case of the Hooded Men, then became the benchmark by which other countries measure their “enhanced interrogation programs,” and continues to be used to justify the use of torture by democratic societies.
That is why the Hooded Men have decided to bring their case back to the European Court – to ensure no other man or woman experiences the same horrific treatment they did, at the hands of a so-called “civilized” nation.
Not one British subject has served one day or even one minute in prison for the campaign of terror unleashed in the military and paramilitary installations in the north-east of Ireland. Indeed many have instead found themselves promoted or rewarded within the British Armed Forces, paramilitary police (the then RUC and its PSNI successor) and Intelligence community (MI5, MI6 and all the other abbreviations).
Update: 10/2/2015: Amal Clooney, famous Human Rights lawyer who is supporting Greece’s case to have the Elgin marbles returned to Athens, has agreed to act for the Hooded men in the forthcoming case of Ireland vs Uk