We stand firmly behind the POWs in Maghaberry prison, recognising that the British/Stormont state uses that institution in a way which seeks to threaten, punish and intern political activists who do not subscribe to the partitionist political order here.
We support unconditionally, calls for human rights and political status in Maghaberry.
We condemn and seek to expose at every opportunity, attempts to restrict or degrade standards of living for the prisoners, be they on behalf of the Maghaberry administration, the POA (Loyalist Prison Officers Union) or the array of politicians and government departments who manipulate the situation for their own ends.
RNU are particularly passionate about the plight of the Maghaberry POWs, not least because many of our members currently or formerly resided there.
Throughout the many twists and turns of the past years, during which POWs were forced to undergo brutal strip searches, endure beatings and extremely restrictive living conditions, we have never been found wanting in terms of highlighting the human rights abuses which the prison administration and the state would rather had gone unmentioned.
RNU believe that active republican unity is the best way to achieve increased standards of living for all Maghaberry POWs, but that unity of action must be achieved around democratic consensus.
We do not see merit in separate groupings of republicans acting out of sync with each-other, the state will always seek to exploit such conditions and recent history has shown them to do just this. However we recognise that within Maghaberry, separate groupings aspire to gain their own autonomous living space and we respect and so support them in this demand.
Currently we understand that the State and prison administration may well be acting in bad faith, in regards to the recently ended ‘dirty protest’ against strip searches in Maghaberry. We watch with interest how the situation develops, and it is our opinion that the future weight of the gaol struggle should be felt on the outside. As always, republican unity would prove vital in this task.