Implement Maghaberry Agreement -- Belfast Republican Sinn Féin
In a statement on August 10, Kay Davidson,
PRO of the McKelvey/Steele Cumann of Republican Sinn
Féin, Belfast called on the Stormont Justice Minister
David Ford to implement the agreement reached last year
on August 12.
She went on: In the past year the British
Administration has reneged on the deal brokered by
Republican POWs, independent facilitators and the NIPS.
The situation has deteriorated to such an extent that
the POWs in Maghaberry have been forced into a position
where a dirty protest became inevitable as it is the
only means they have to highlight their situation. This
has lead to the deterioration of the POW's health as
well as stopping contact with their families and even
their right to legal counsel.
Since the breakdown of the agreement Ford
and his office have been reluctant to implement their
side of the agreement. The single biggest
stumbling-block has been the installation of the 'Boss
Chair'; this would swiftly put an end to the
humiliating and dehumanising process of strip-searches.
There is no need for a new agreement as a
solution was reached on August 12, 2010. This was
signed by all parties in good faith in the belief that
all sides would uphold their part. This is not a
political issue, it is simply humanitarian. We call on
all right thinking people in supporting the complete
implementation of the 2010 agreement.