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Ireland v. United Kingdom, (5310/71) [1978] ECHR 1 (18 January 1978).

Facts: several acts of terrorism were perpetrated in the U.K. by members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). Several members were arrested and detained in the U.K. afterwards. The interrogation practices applied to the arrested members included wall-standing, hooding and deprivation of sleep and food.

Complaint: The applicant is the Government of the Republic of Ireland which claimed that the extrajudicial detention infringed Article 5 (right to liberty) and that the interrogation practices amounted to torture and inhuman or degrading treatment in violation of Article 3 of the Convention.

Holding: the interrogation techniques were applied in combination, with premeditation and for hours at a time, causing at least intense physical and mental suffering and acute psychiatric disturbances, so they amounted to inhuman treatment in violation of article 3.

 

 

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