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Kelly - Victims Rights Must Be Guaranteed

9 April, 2007


Speaking before today's Easter commemoration in the New Lodge area in North
Belfast, Sinn Féin Assembly member Gerry Kelly said that the rights of
victims and survivors of the conflict had to be guaranteed and delivered
upon by the incoming executive.

Mr Kelly said:

"Many people suffered terrible loss and pain throughout the course of the
conflict. The rights of victims and survivors to proper treatment must be
guaranteed and delivered by the incoming Executive.

"However the vital first step for victims of British State violence in areas
like the New Lodge is for the British system to end their policy of
concealment. The British State needs to acknowledge its role as a
protagonist in the conflict and deal with the reality of the more than one
thousand victims of collusion and state violence when dealing with victims'
issues. The British government were not peace keepers in Ireland and they
should stop trying to pretend otherwise.

"There has to be equality of treatment for all victims and survivors and an
end to discrimination against victims of state violence and collusion. Sinn
Féin will continue to stand with the victims of state violence in their
campaign for the truth. Other political parties and leaders must do
likewise." ENDS

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