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Lawyers have responsibility to challenge human rights abuses - Anderson

27 March, 2015 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the legal profession has a responsibility to challenge states which flout international human rights legislation. 

Speaking at a law student's society ball in Derry, Ms Anderson said; 

"Ordinary citizens look to you as lawyers to fight injustices, defend communities and to shine human rights law on state wrongs. 

"One case close to the legal profession which highlights the need for justice is that of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane, who was murdered 26 years ago. 

"Despite the call on 2004 from Canadian independent judge Peter Cory for the British government to honour  its commitment to hold a public inquiry, the family are still waiting for justice. 

"26 years on from Pat Finucane's murder, David Cameron has still refused to order a full, formal public inquiry in the assassination.

"The decades of delay have but one objective; to bury the truth of a state murder trail that led all the way to Margaret Thatcher's door. 

"The case of the Bloody Sunday families and of Pat Finucane stands as a monument to the immoral failure of a British State that flouts international law and which corrupts human rights.

"There is a real need for campaigning human rights lawyers to stand up against injustice and challenge states who flout international human rights law, whether it is Britain's dirty war in Ireland or Israel's human rights abuses against the people of Palestine." 

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