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7 November 2006:

RESPONSE TO INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL PANEL INTO ALLEGED COLLUSION IN SECTARIAN KILLINGS IN NORTHERN IRELAND (AND REPUBLIC OF IRELAND)

Justice for the Forgotten's response to Report of Independent International Panel into alleged collusion in sectarian killings in Northern Ireland (and Republic of Ireland):

  • This is the first time there has been an international and impartial examination from a Human Rights Law perspective of the experiences and sufferings of the berearved families and survivors of these 25 attacks, which resulted in 76 murders.

  • 38, or exactly half, of these murders occurred within the Republic of Ireland, involving four attacks: the Dublin and Monaghan bombings; the Dundalk bombing; the Castleblayney bombing and the murder of John Francis Greene.

  • In 24 of the 25 cases the panel has found 'significant and credible evidence of involvement of police and military agents of the United Kingdom, both directly and in collusion with loyalist extremists.' They 'knew of and expressed approval of instances of this conduct, and that senior officials in London had information sufficient to put them on notice of the serious risk of such conduct.'

  • The report is highly critical of the response of the United Kingdom government in terms of the discharge of its Article 2 obligations to conduct inquiries into these murders and finds its response has been entirely inadequate.

  • The report sets out the minimum criteria for an inquiry into unlawful killings if it is to meet the minimum requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights. It is with regret that we have to point out, that the Barron and MacEntee Inquiries do not meet these criteria.

  • We await the publication of Mr MacEntee's report with great interest. Justice for the Forgotten has given full co-operation to the MacEntee Commission of Investigation - it is part of our policy to support all inquiries that may lead to the truth.

  • We believe that the only process which will satisfy the demands of the families is a public and transparent inquiry and the report of this body fully supports the position of Justice for the Forgotten in this regard.

  • Justice for the Forgotten will deliver a copy of the report to the Taoiseach today.

For further details please contact:

Bernadette McNally, Executive Committee Member: 087-79 98 283

Margaret Urwin, Secretary: 01-8554300 / 087-22 37 338

Greg O'Neill, Solicitor: 087-23 93 175

 



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