Northern Ireland Legacy consultation responses published

By agency reporter
July 6, 2019

On 5 July 2019, the UK Government published a summary of responses to the consultation on the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The publication was produced after analysis of over 17,000 responses to the consultation last year.

It will inform the Government’s next steps working with a reformed Northern Ireland Executive or, if it has not been restored, with the political parties in Northern Ireland.

Responding to the publication, Grainne Teggart, Amnesty International's Northern Ireland Campaigns Manager said: “It’s both unsurprising and welcome that a majority oppose legislating for impunity through a statute of limitations.

“All victims have a right to an independent investigation, with the possibility of prosecutions to follow wherever the evidence may lead. To remove this recourse would be a betrayal of the victims’ fundamental right to justice.

“However, it is concerning that the next steps to deliver human rights-compliant mechanisms to deal with the past are absent. Victims have long been paying the price of the failure of government to deal with the past and must not be left wanting. 

“As outlined in our response, mechanisms must also provide truth, justice and reparation for all those who suffered torture or other ill-treatment, or were seriously injured during the three decades of political violence, and who have to date been largely excluded from the mandates of existing accountability mechanisms.”

* Read Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland's Past here

* Amnesty International https://www.amnesty.org.uk/

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