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British government must end blanket veto on disclosure - McCartney

10 December, 2015 - by Raymond McCartney

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said that British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers needs to end the blanket veto on releasing information on deaths from the conflict. 

Mr McCartney said,

“Victims and survivors deserve full access to all relevant information relating to the deaths of their loved one yet the British Government are stonewalling any attempt to get to the truth.

“There is no doubt that collusion, shoot to kill and the importation of arms for Unionist paramilitaries were strategies implemented with the full knowledge of senior figures within the British Government.

“British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers needs to state how the rampaging of British soldiers through the streets of Derry, Belfast and other areas shooting civilians undermines current national security policies.

“Successive British Governments have refused to release information in relation to some of the highest profile killings in the conflict leaving many families without even an inquest into how their loved one died.

"Now Theresa Villiers has suggested that relatives will be able to go to the Court of Appeal to access information but this is yet another smokescreen as all citizens already have the right to go to the Court of Appeal. 

“Rather that hiding behind national security issues Theresa Villiers need to join with the rest of us in creating a process where victims and survivors can access all relevant information in relation to their case.”

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