UN
Torture Sallins Case
ECHR

Why an Inquiry into the Sallins Case?

According to the United Nations and the European Union there is an ongoing obligation on the Irish Government to conduct an independent inquiry into the Sallins Case, irrespective of the passage of time or of ‘compensation’ paid.

The torture endured in the Sallins Case was both physical and mental and directly affected the personality physically and mentally.

It included: incommunicado detention, no or delayed legal access; deprivation of sleep, water and reduced diet; prolonged beatings including by instruments, prolonged pain; induced physical and mental exhaustion, severe anxiety,  disorientation; loss of consciousness; threats to life, to set up assassinations, to arrest family members, to break up families and to place children in care.

What is the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

Adopted in 1948, this is generally agreed to be the foundation of international human rights law. According to the United Nations and the European Union there is an ongoing obligation on the Irish Government to conduct an independent inquiry into the Sallins Case, irrespective of the passage of time or of ‘compensation’ paid.

What does the term “torture” mean?

‘any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.’    United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT)

Which United Nations article insists on an investigation?

Article 6 states:

Article 6 Human Rights