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Anderson leads legacy delegation to Strasbourg

13 February, 2017 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson led a delegation made up of victims of state violence and their supporters to meet the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights. 

The delegation includes Derry woman Minty Thompson, who's mother, Kathleen, was shot dead by the British army in Creggan in 1971, as well as representatives from the Pat Finucane Centre. 

Speaking from Strasbourg, Ms Anderson said; 

"To date the British government has absolutely failed in its obligations to deal with the legacy of the past. 

"It has not lived up to its responsibilities under successive agreements and it has and continues to let down families, some of whom have been waiting more than 40 years for access to truth about the death of their loved ones. 

"People like Minty Thompson, who was just 12 years-old when her mother was killed by the British army in 1971, have been let down by the British government and political unionism. 

"In Strasbourg they will have the opportunity to raise their concerns directly with Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights. 

"Nils Muiznieks has stated that the British government is in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.  He also called on the British government to fund all legacy investigations.

"Now the British government is adding further insult to victims and their families by attempting to put British soldiers beyond the law. That is unacceptable. 

"Everyone must be equal before the law and there can be no immunity from prosecution for current or former British soldiers."

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