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Welcome For Human Rights Organisations Criticisms Of Inquiries Bill

23 March, 2005

Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Policing and Justice issues Gerry Kelly has welcomed a letter signed by a number of major international Human Rights organisations attacking the British government over their attempts to limit the scope of any future inquiries into those murdered by the state through collusion.

Mr Kelly said:

"The British government have been involved in a cover-up of the circumstances surrounding the murder of Pat Finucane and countless others killed through the collusion policy. They resisted for years calls to hold independent international inquiries into these deaths. Judge Cory's report demanded that a number of these inquiries take place.

"This piece of legislation is the latest stage in the campaign by the British government to suppress the truth. The Finucane family have already stated that an inquiry under these terms and limitations will not deliver the truth and they will play no part in it. Sinn Féin supports absolutely the Finucane family in this. Significantly Judge Cory has also added his voice to those condemning the British government over this legislation.

"Today a group of prominent and well respected Human Rights organisations have put their name to a letter demanding that this legislation is removed. This is a welcome move and adds further pressure on to Paul Murphy and the British government to finally come clean on the murder of Pat Finucane and allow the truth to out about the campaign of State sanctioned murder which was operated here for decades." ENDS

Editors Note: The letter, signed by Amnesty International, British Irish rights watch, The Committee on the Administration of Justice, Human Rights First, The Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association, Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada, The Law Society of England and Wales, the Pat Finucane Centre and the Scottish Human Rights Centre, said that the Bill would, if enacted, alter fundamentally the system for establishing and running inquiries into issues of great public importance in the UK, including allegations of serious human rights violations.

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