Roe 4 Republican Prisoners clarification on recent events in Maghaberry.
Republican Prisoners wish to clarify several points which have arisen in the media over the past number of weeks. It is obvious that we, as Prisoners, played no role in the recent attack on the 6 County Prison Service. The situation has been used however to demonise and attack us. Within a week of the attack Republican Prisoners were subjected to a lock-down for almost 48 hours. During which we were verbally abused, our living space was turned upside down, our educational resources were removed and two men were forcibly strip-searched. Days later, when Republican Prisoners encountered the Governors responsible for this lock-down and made clear that it had not, as intended, intimidated us into silence; we were accused, falsely, of gloating and celebrating. Indeed, this line was pushed by former republicans who have seemingly forgotten the spurious allegations of taunts directed at screws in the H-Blocks each time one of their number was executed.
- Republican Prisoners have engaged with countless individuals and organisations including Churchmen, Politicians, Community and Trade Union Figures, none of whom have stated that our position is unreasonable.
- The regime in Republican Roe House has been criticised in 2006, 2009 and 2015 by the HMIP/CJINI, in 2011 by the Anne Owers’ Prison Review Team and by consecutive Prisoner Ombudsmen and a host of others.
- Republican Prisoners have engaged in countless processes to attain a resolution including the August 2010 Agreement which was reneged on by the Jail Administration (as recognised in the 2013 Ombudsman Report). The 2014 Stock-take and 2015 ICRC process, all of which were scuppered and sabotaged by elements within the 6 County Prison Service.