COLIN DUFFY: NEGATO DIRITTO DI VISITA AI FAMILIARI PIU’ STRETTI

Non solo hunger striker nella prigione di Maghaberry. Continuano i soprusi nei confronti del prigioniero repubblicano Colin Duffy

Il giorno 24 maggio 2010, a Martine Duffy e Paul Duffy, rispettivamente moglie e fratello di Colin Duffy, in custodia presso il carcere di Maghaberry per l’attentato alla base armata di Massereene, è stato negato il diritto di visita.
Nessun motivazione è stata fornita a suffragio della decisione del Prison Service di bannare i due familiari dalle visite al prigioniero repubblicano.
Il gruppo in supporto di Duffy ha lasciato trapelare l’indiscrezione secondo la quale sarebbe prossima un’azione giudiziaria contro la decisione arbitraria del Prison Service in violazione del dei diritti umani e civili del prigioniero, nonchè chiara violazione dell’articolo 8 della Convenzione Europea sui Diritti dell’Uomo che stabilisce che’ Ogni individuo ha il diritto al rispetto della propria vita privata e familiare, del suo domicilio e della sua corrispondenza ‘.
La Corte Europea ha già in precedenza condannato azioni di tal genere perchè incompatibili con il diritto europeo.

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Prison Authorities’ Banning of Visits by Family Members is “Oppressive” (Friends of Colin Duffy)
The Lurgan-based campaign group, The Friends of Colin Duffy, has strongly criticised a decision made today by the Prison Service to ban Mr Duffy’s wife, Martine, and his brother, Paul, from visiting him in Maghaberry Prison.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the campaign group said:
“Earlier today, the Prison Service informed Colin Duffy that both his wife, Martine, and his brother, Paul, were banned from visiting him in Maghaberry Prison. No reasons were given for this arbitrary banning order.
“It is our understanding that the Duffy family are presently taking urgent legal advice with a view to challenging the prison authorities’ prohibition of visits by immediate family members. We expect that such a challenge will be mounted through the courts in the coming days.
“This banning of family members from prison visits represents a serious breach of a prisoners’ human and civil rights and we believe that such a banning order also represents a clear contravention of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights which states that ‘Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence’.
“It is noticeable that the European Court has previously ruled, on a number of occasions, that such arbitrary interference with Article 8 rights of prisoners is incompatible with European law.
“This latest oppressive and provocative move by the authorities at Maghaberry prison is clearly designed to increase tensions both inside and outside the gaol. It also represents a pre-meditated escalation by the prison authorities of their efforts to break the resolve of Republican POW’s in the ongoing campaign to achieve freedom of association and end to strip searches.
“It is patently obvious that the prison authorities and, indeed, David Ford, as so-called Justice minister, are permitting the unionist-dominated POA with its a long history of acting as ‘a force within a sectarian force’ to dictate conditions within Maghaberry prison.
“We fully condemn this deliberate provocation and targeting of prisoners’ families, and call on all those interested in upholding human and civil rights to demand that this latest authoritarian and oppressive measure be immediately rescinded.”

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