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Dillon welcomes European call to establish legacy mechanisms

21 September, 2017 - by Linda Dillon

Sinn Féin has welcomed a call from the Council of Europe urging the funding of historic inquests and the establishment of bodies to deal with the legacy of the conflict here.

Reacting to the call from the Council’s Human Rights committee, Sinn Féin Victims and Survivors Spokesperson Linda Dillon MLA urged the British government to stop ignoring such international pressure.

“The committee expressed its deep concern that the legacy bodies agreed at Stormont House in 2014 are still not operational,” she commented.

“They also strongly supported the repeated calls from the Lord Chief Justice for resources that would enable the Coroner’s Service to carry out historic inquests and end the wait which some families have now been enduring for over 40 years.

“We very much welcome this intervention as the latest in a number of similar findings from credible and respected international bodies.

“It is long past time that the British Government stopped ignoring this pressure and ended their ongoing attempts to cover up their involvement in the conflict here by blocking the implementation of the Stormont House mechanisms and refusing to fund the inquests.”

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