Following the signing of the August 2010 agreement with the prison
service, Republican POWs continually attempted to resolve all
outstanding issues. Despite the continued use of the brutal forced
strip searches we regularly engaged with political parties and groups
who showed an interest in bringing a resolution to the impasse.
This process of dialogue lasted nine months. The amount of time and
effort put into this process cannot be over stated, unfortunately
despite this lengthy engagement all we had to show were the injuries
inflicted during these searches and beatings. The resumption of protest
action became inevitable. On May 6th 2011 we commenced our current
phase of protest action.
We are now into our 19th month of this phase of protest. Our resolve
and commitment are unquestionable. As Republican POWs we are prepared
to meet head on any attempt to reintroduce failed policies of the past.
This should never have to be the case.
Following intense and detailed discussion and analysis, we, the
Republican POWs on Roe 4 have decided on a unilateral initiative which
we believe will provide the space required for a resolution of the
As from Wednesday 21st November 2012 all Republican POWs on Roe 4 landing will cease our current protest action.
This initiative should be viewed as a genuine and sincere attempt to
create the conditions in which a conflict free environment can flourish
whereby all are treated with respect and dignity is guaranteed.
A dialectical process of engagement to resolve all issues should be the
order of the day. Confrontation need not be part of the environment
that we all have to live and work in.
Upon launching this initiative we call upon all those political parties
and groups who profess to share our stated aim of a conflict free
environment to immediately seize upon this initiative. We call upon you
to use your political influence and position to bring about the
progressive change that is required.
We call upon the prison service management at all levels to jettison
the failed policies of the past and to move forward progressively.
Finally, to all who have campaigned on our behalf, we applaud your
commitment and steadfastness and ask that you continue to highlight our
For our part, we will not be found wanting in the task that lies ahead.