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Anderson raises legacy concerns with Council of Europe Commissioner

13 September, 2017 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has met with the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights to discuss dealing with the legacy of the conflict. 

Speaking after meeting the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks, in Brussels today, Martina Anderson said: 

"I met today with Nils Muiznieks in Strasbourg to discuss the failures of the British government and others to address the legacy of the conflict.

"Sinn Féin MLAs and MPs have met with the PSNI Chief Constable, the PSNI's head of legacy and the NIO to discuss legacy issues in recent weeks and today's engagement is an extension of that. 

"I updated him on the recent highly significant rulings from the High Court on the disclosure, or more appropriately, the non-disclosure of files relating to legacy cases, including the activities of the Glenanne gang. 

"I also reiterated the need for the British government to release funding to clear the backlog in legacy inquests in line with the proposal from the Lord Chief Justice. 

"As well as that, we discussed the continued failure of the British government to implement its commitment to an Act Gaeilge. 

"And I also raised the case of imprisoned Derry man Tony Taylor and updated him on the developments calling for his release." 

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