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British government must face up to its responsibilities - Anderson

6 November, 2014 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the British government must face up to its responsibilities in dealing with the legacy of state killings during the conflict. 

Speaking after attending a major international conference in Belfast organised by the University of Ulster's Transitional Justice Institute, Ms Anderson said; 

"I am very grateful to the Council of Europe's Human Rights Commissioner, Nils Muizneiks, for coming to the North to attend this important conference in Belfast. 

"The conference looked at Britain's abject failure to live up to its Article 2 - the right to life - responsibilities in relation to cases of collusion and state killings during the conflict. 

"On many occasions, Europe has played a key role in exposing Britain's human rights abuses and failures in the North. 

"As an MEP, I have hosted delegations of relatives whose loved ones were victims of Britain's collusion and shoot-to-kill policies at the European Parliament to ensure their voices are heard on the international stage. 

"In his address, Commissioner Muizneiks made it clear that Britain cannot wash its hands of its responsibilities to deal with the legacy of the conflict. 

"There is a huge responsibility on Britain to face up to its responsibilities and I welcome the support of Europe and the international community in ensuring that it does. 

"Following a meeting with the Commissioner, I have invited him to make an official visit to the North and to compile an official report on Britain's failures to comply with its Article 2 obligations and I look forward to that."

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