Statement from Roe 4 Republican Prisoners 04/01/15

Statement from Roe 4 Republican Prisoners 04/01/15

Republican Political Prisoners, Roe 4, wish to make our position clear regarding a number of Republican Prisoners (arrested recently) being held within Maghaberry Jail who are not aligned to Roe 4.  These prisoners have been imprisoned recently on political charges, yet are forcibly being held on non-political landings.

We have consistently condemned and resisted the Isolation policy which is being used against a number of IRPWA prisoners and others.  The Isolation policy continues to be employed by the Jail Administration at the behest of British Intelligence.  This tactic involves the holding of Political Prisoners amongst a criminal population or in total isolation.  These measures result in Republican Political Prisoners being exposed to approaches from British Intelligence Agencies, and left open to attack by loyalist and criminal elements.

Allowing the Jail Administration to isolate Republican Prisoners, regardless of differences with others, only serves to embolden and encourage this MI5 lead strategy.  What is more, it would be hypocritical and unethical for us to endorse, implicit or otherwise, the continued holding of these men on a criminal landing or in isolation.  Furthermore, we believe that those imprisoned in such conditions have every right to agitate and protest to achieve their transfer. Roe 4 would be fully supportive of those adapting such an approach.

More than a dozen Republican Political Prisoners are now being held in Isolation or forced to reside on criminal landings.  The space should be made available by the Jail Administration to both accommodate these men, on Roe 1 and 2 if that is their wish, and once and for all end this conflict-fuelling policy.

Republican Political Prisoners

Roe 4


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