Statement from Roe 4 Republican Prisoners Maghaberry 04/08/15
British Government to extend its Isolation Policy.
During a meeting with David Ford’s Assessment Team today, 4/8/15, it was made clear to Republican Prisoners that the British Government, through its NIO permanent secretary Jonathan Stephens, intends to extend its criminalisation and isolation policy.
Instead of resolving the isolation issue as requested by David Ford’s Assessment Team as part of the Stocktake, Jonathan Stephens not only enhanced the isolation policy but has further extended its remit. As a consequence the NIO/M15 /Jail Security Department Nexus are consigning other Republican Prisoners to the same fate as Gavin Coyle who has presently endured over 1500 days in isolation in Maghaberry Jail’s punishment block.
In doing this, they are not only rejecting all the empirical evidence regarding the detrimental effects that isolation has on the individual and on relationships between Republican Prisoners and jail staff, but also the serious implications that all such policies have on all Republican Prisoners, our families and community outside.
Isolation is a weapon to punish and degrade. Republican Prisoners and Republican communities will never accept it. NIO/MI5 conflict fuelling policies will be resisted regardless of the cost.
END THE ISOLATION OF ALL REPUBLICAN PRISONERS NOW.