Amal Clooney is to represent the ‘Hooded Men’ in a court case against the British government.
The renowned human rights lawyer is part of a legal team from London, Dublin and Belfast that will represent the men after the Irish government announced in December that they would be asking the European Court of Human Rights to reconsider their original findings.
While the Commission held that 14 Catholic men had been tortured, in 1978 the Court found their treatment amounted to ‘inhumane and degrading’ but not torture. The UK Government did not dispute this finding.
But after new evidence came to light, human rights groups have pushed Dublin to force a review of the so called Hooded Men case as the victims were hooded and flown by helicopter to a British Army base at Ballykelly in Derry.
They say that along with being hooded they were subjected to wall-standing, subjection to noise, sleep deprivation, and deprivation of food and drink.
An RTE documentary on the topic, broadcast in June this year, alleged that the British authorities purposely misled the European Commission on Human Rights and the Court by withholding information in the case. It also alleged that the decision to employ the interrogation techniques had been taken at UK Cabinet level.