"Sinn Féin will stand with families until disclosure, truth and justice is secured"
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has this evening launched a booklet focusing on British collusion, guided by the needs of families and commitment to the universal application of the right to truth.
Speaking at the launch, Ms Anderson said,
"There are many aspects to engaging with legacy. But central to the Sinn Féin approach has been to facilitate information disclosure, truth and justice for families.
"This is largely due to the failure of the British state to investigate deaths, which were caused by them and their agents, properly or effectively.
"This is particularly true in the killings in Ballymurphy; the New Lodge, Mc Gurks Bar Massacre, Bloody Sunday, Kelly’s Bar and indeed the deaths of Patrick Finucane and Volunteer Pearse Jordan.
A member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee in the European Parliament, Ms Anderson continued,
"Whilst in the immediate term we must support the families who have been bereaved to have a human rights compliant mechanism of resolution, the conversation on legacy needs to progress not only to engage with the harms that are in sight, but also those that are hidden.
"While it needs to be about the initial killing, injury or incident and truth, justice and acknowledgment regarding those violations, it also needs to be about the continuing impact and aftermath of those violations.
"The living impact of violations affects women in particular. 91% of our dead were men and boys. Women survived and women suffered the impact of those deaths.
"Sinn Fein is committed to the introduction of a gender lens to this legacy debate. We are committed to seeking truth, justice and remedy for the range of violations suffered and we are committed to the realisation of the human rights of all those who suffered those violations.
"This is a long term, generational commitment – and we will stand with families to the end. I continue with my work in this field by bringing a delegation to Strasbourg next week to meet with Council of Europe officials and I will continue to support families as they seek response and closure." ENDS