UK/Ireland: Landmark judgement due in 'hooded men' torture case

The European Court of Human Rights will tomorrow (Tuesday 20 March) deliver their judgement in the case of the ‘hooded men’.

The case involves the torture and ill-treatment of the 14 so-called ‘hooded men’, who were interned in Northern Ireland in 1971.

This will be the substantive decision in the case of Ireland v UK (no 5310/71) on whether or not the treatment of 14 men amounted to torture.

The announcement is expected at approximately 10am GMT.

There will be a press conference with the ‘hooded men’ and their legal representatives in the offices of KRW Law in Queen Street, Belfast, at 11.30am tomorrow (Tuesday 20 March).

Grainne Teggart, Northern Ireland campaigns manager for Amnesty International, will be available for interview.

In 2014, Amnesty demanded an independent inquiry in the case of the men. Amnesty has backed the men’s campaign for decades, and first reported on their torture during a 1971 mission to Northern Ireland to investigate internment.

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