Government to appeal European Court decision on “Hooded Men”

The Government has decided to lodge an appeal against a ruling that said the so-called “Hooded Men” weren’t subjected to torture.

The European Court of Human Rights in March rejected the case taken by the Government, after new information came to light.

The Government first brought the case to the Court in 1978, which said the men had been subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment but stopped short of calling it torture.

The “Hooded Men” are 14 prisoners kept in the custody of the RUC and British Army in 1971.

They claim long-term psychological damage because of the techniques used.

Speaking at a protest to highlight the cause held in Monaghan last week, one of the “hooded Men” Liam Shannon said the 1971 ruling opened the way for other countries to use similar techniques: