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British government in the dock on legacy issues - Sheehan

12 March, 2015 - by Pat Sheehan


Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has stated that the report released today by the Westminster Joint Committee on Human Rights is an indictment of the British government's delays in dealing with legacy inquests and inquiries in the North of Ireland.

Speaking today Mr Sheehan said:

“This report clearly places the British government in the dock over its delays and obstruction on legacy issues.

“Out of three areas identified in the report on which the British government have failed “lethal force cases” including cases of collusion and state killings in the north stands out.

“It also notes that the Legacy Investigation Branch, with a remit for historic investigations, is not independent from the PSNI.

“This vindicates the view of Sinn Féin and others that the new PSNI unit will not have public confidence and this new body will not be compliant with human rights legislation, particularly Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights – the right to life. 

"Legacy issues are toxic for policing. It is our view they should be separate from polling and handed over to a body similar the mechanisms agreed at the Stormont House Agreement.“

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