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Republican Prisoner attacked in Hydebank YOC
Martin Mulholland, IRPWA • 9.12.03

A republican prisoner from Strabane was attacked by six loyalist youths on Sunday night past (7th Dec) in Hydebank Young Offenders Centre outside Belfast. 17 Year old Joseph Barr was in his cell when the loyalist youths attempted to hang him; luckily they were disturbed before any serious damage was done.

The IRPWA have consistently called for Joseph Barr's transfer to the republican wing in Maghaberry where he will be safe from attack but are told that this is against the European convention of human rights for children because of his age.

The Northern Ireland Prison Service knows full well the implications of leaving a single republican prisoner surrounded by hostile loyalists and criminals and we call on them to provide security for Joseph Barr until he leaves the institution.

Joseph Barr turns 18 at the end of December and any procrastination on his transfer will be viewed as a deliberate attempt to endanger his life further.

The IRPWA are also wary of attempts to move two women prisoners from Maghaberry to Hydebank. The two republican women have stated their intention of staying put and we demand they receive adequate protection and amenities rather than the 23 hour lock up they are currently forced to endure.

The IRPWA believe that it would be a pity if after a protracted prison struggle has just finished, another is embarked upon for the same basic principals that the government have already conceded.



















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