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Britain must fund investigations into human rights abuses - Anderson

25 February, 2015 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called on the British government to fund investigations into human rights abuses carried out by Britain during the conflict. 

Ms Anderson said; 

"The latest annual report from Amnesty International into human rights abuses has highlighted the lack of resources for mechanisms to deal with the past. 

"The report describes the institutions in place to deal with the legacy of the conflict as being carried out in a 'fragmented and incremental manner.' 

"It specifically mentions the lack of an inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane and the case of the hooded men. 

"The British government cannot hide from its human rights responsibilities in relation to the legacy of the conflict here, particularly its Article 2, right to life obligations in cases of collusion and its shoot-to-kill policy. 

"It cannot continue to use excuses of financial pressures as an excuse to deny relatives access to truth and justice. 

"Last year I brought the Council of Europe's Human Right's Commissioner, Nils Muiznieks, to a conference in Belfast where called on Britain to live up to its responsibilities to deal with its human rights failures in Ireland. 

"I reiterate his call for the British government to foot the bill for effective investigations into state killings and other human rights abuses." 

"I will continue to work with relatives who are campaigning for truth and justice."

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