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British must implement UN Human Rights report recommendations

24 July, 2015 - by Chris Hazzard

 Sinn Féin victims’ spokesperson Chris Hazzard has said the British Government must address the concerns raised in a United Nations Human Rights report and implement its recommendations.

 Mr Hazzard said,

“The latest report from the United Nations highlights major deficiencies in the British Government’s approach to addressing legacy issues in the North including the murder of Pat Finucane.

“I would share the concerns about the lack of progress in introducing the Bill of Rights for the North of Ireland and the failure to address legacy issues from the conflict.

“I welcome the call for the setting up as a matter of urgency of an independent Historical Investigations Unit as agreed under the Stormont House Agreement.

“I support, too, the call for the British Government to provide funding to allow all outstanding cases, including those before the coroners court, to be concluded by full disclosure from the state.

“It is also noted that the United Nations are calling for an independent inquiry into the killing of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane, which is an outstanding commitment from Weston Park.

“If we are to address the legacy issue of the past then the British Government should now respond positively.

“It must live up to its international obligations under the United Nations Covenant and end its obstruction of inquiries into conflict-related deaths through withholding information and documents.”

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