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Legacy delegation raises British failure to deal with legacy in Strasbourg - Anderson

14 February, 2017 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said relatives of victims of state violence raised concerns directly with EU officials about the British government's failures to deal with the legacy of the past. 

Ms Anderson said; 

"I am currently leading a legacy delegation to Strasbourg to meet senior European officials, including Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights. 

"We also met with Genevieve Meyer, head of division at the Council of Europe's Execution of Judgement Committee, who is currently preparing a report into the British government's breach of the European Convention of Human Rights. 

"These were very positive meetings. The relatives of victims of state violence on the delegation had the opportunity to raise their concerns at the British government's failure to live up to its responsibility to deal with the legacy of the past.

"Nils Muiznieks in particular was very concerned at the British government's failures to implement the legacy aspects of successive agreements and its refusal to release funding for the Lord Chief Justice's plans to deal with legacy inquests. 

"Europe is very concerned with the British government's failures on legacy and we will continue to update MEPs and officials from across Europe on behalf of victims."

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