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Kelly welcomes launch of report on dealing with the past

16 September, 2015 - by Gerry Kelly


Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has welcomed the launch of a report on a conference on dealing with the past and the implementation of the Stormont House Agreement. 

The report came out of a conference, which took place in May organised jointly by Amnesty International, Committee on the Administration of Justice, Institute of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice and the Transitional Justice Institute. 

Mr Kelly said; 

"I welcome the publication of this report of the conference on dealing with the past and the implementation of the Stormont House Agreement. 

"The conference and a model implementation bill were put together in an effort to try and make sense of the proposals the British and Irish government put forward for dealing with the past. 

"Many important issues can get lost between the agreement and the legislation and it’s important we don't let this happen with the Stormont House Agreement. 

"Human rights need to be at the heart of implementing the Stormont House Agreement, particularly those which deal with the past. 

"I also welcome the fact that the groups which came together to organise the legislation have agreed to continue to monitor the legislation as it passes through Westminster to ensure it is human rights compliant. 

"The British government now needs to let the parties to the Stormont House Agreement have sight of the draft legislation immediately.”

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