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Conference will highlight Britain's human rights failures - Anderson

3 November, 2014 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said an international conference in Belfast later this week will highlight Britain's failure to uphold human rights legislation in the North. 

Speaking ahead of the transitional justice conference in the Ulster Hall on Thursday, November 6, Ms Anderson said; 

"Victims campaigners have long highlighted Britain's failures to comply with human rights legislation during the conflict in the North, particularly Article 2 of the human rights act, which guarantees the right to life. 

"That failure has been recognised by respected human rights organisations from across the world. 

"Thursday's conference, which has been organised by University of Ulster's Transitional Justice Institute, will shine an international spotlight on Britain' failures to adhere to article 2 responsibilities, particularly around the 'shoot-to-kill' cases, collusion and state-sponsored murder.

"This high-profile conference will be addressed by the European Council's Human Rights Commissioner, Nils Muiznieks, as well as by Attorney General John Larkin and Police Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire. 

"It is essential that European Commissioner hears first hand from families affected by the British government's failures, not only to comply with Article 2, but also to deal effectively with the past. 

"Sinn Féin is committed to dealing with the past. We have consistently supported families who have been campaigning for truth and justice about the deaths of their loved ones and will continue to do so.” 

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