This video, recorded in England, says about itself:
Jun 25, 2012
By Paddy McGuffin:
Britain’s dirty little secret
Wednesday 07 August 2013
The British government operated a secret deep interrogation centre in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland, during its 1971 internment campaign but concealed its existence from European courts, it was claimed today.
On August 9 1971, around 350 people were arrested and interned without charge or trial in one of the most infamous operations of the Troubles.
The use of the “five techniques,” as they were known, was officially outlawed by the Heath government in 1972. However, recent cases revealed that the British forces continued to use them up to and during the 2003 Iraq invasion.
In 1978 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared that the 12 and another two men had been subjected to “inhumane and degrading treatment” but stopped short of declaring it torture.
Evidence given to the ECHR by British officials suggested that they had been held at Palace Barracks near Hollywood and Ballykinler in County Down.
But newly declassified documents, unearthed by human rights group the Pat Finucane Centre (PFC), revealed that a secret centre was run in Ballykelly, County Derry, and that the 12 underwent the barbaric “deep interrogation” techniques there.
A previously secret Ministry of Defence memo cites a British Lieutenant Colonel saying: “It was very important to keep secure the existence and location of the centre at Ballykelly where the 12 detainees in question had been interrogated. It was not publicly known that this centre existed as well as others which were known.”
Prior to the ECHR ruling, a government-ordered inquiry was set up to examine the events of internment. But the inquiry, under Sir Edmund Compton, which delivered its report in November 1971, made no mention of Ballykelly.
Compton visited five interrogation sites but Ballykelly was not among them.
A subsequent probe the following year led by Lord Parker also makes no mention of Ballykelly.
“We also believe that what was done was possibly illegal under article three of the European Convention on Human Rights which states that there is an absolute prohibition on torture.
“The fact that the British government failed to disclose the existence of Ballykelly to the ECHR, which was investigating allegations of torture shows an absolute lack of respect for the court and human rights.”
The PFC said it had now written to the Irish government, which brought the 1978 ECHR case, to ask it to examine the claims that Britain deliberately concealed the information. It is also preparing a submission to the Committee of Ministers in Europe.
Allegations that the UK government sanctioned the use of torture and ill-treatment in Northern Ireland in the 1970s should be re-examined by the European Court of Human Rights and subject to a new independent investigation, Amnesty International said today: here.
The Irish and UK governments are about to clash in the European court of human rights over an infamous torture case involving the British army from the early years of the Troubles: here.
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