Amnesty International have now published their heavily leaked report accusing the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) of maltreating suspected terrorists between 1975 and 1977.
Amnesty International have now published their heavily leaked report accusing the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) of maltreating suspected terrorists between 1975 and 1977. Amnesty has called for a public enquiry, but Mr. Roy Mason, the British government minister responsible for the province, has decided to set up a private, independent commission. This will look into police practice and procedure in Northern ireland, but Amnesty is not satisfied. The Amnesty report is based on a visit to Northern Ireland between the 28th November and the 16th December last year. The mission examined allegations of ill treatment by plain clothes police, of 78 people detained for up to seven days under emergency legislation. Most had been held at the Castlereagh police holding centre near Belfast. The report finally published on Tuesday (31 June) has come in for a lot of criticism, particularly from Ulster Unionist MPs and the RUC themselves. Mr. Dick Oosting, Amnesty's Dutch-born Deputy Secretary General, was asked about it.