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Anderson discusses autumn conference on collusion with Pat Finucane Centre

29 April, 2014 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson visited the Pat Finucane Centre (PFC), Armagh today as part of her ongoing work with victims groups.  She heard feedback from the recent Victims of Collusion delegation to Brussels in which PFC participated.

Martina Anderson said:

 “I visited the PFC in Armagh today to listen to feedback from the recent delegation by Families of Victims and Survivors of Collusion in Brussels in January.

“Representatives from the PFC and Relatives for Justice participated in the delegation. I was also happy to facilitate a meeting with the Commissioner for Human Rights in Strasbourg on the 11th March to discuss the issue of collusion.

 “Today I met with Anne Cadwallader, author of Lethal Allies. Her book forensically catalogued more than 120 murders involving collusion by British security forces and the notorious Glenanne Gang, which included serving members of the RUC and UDR. Anne Cadwallader was also part of the January delegation to Brussels.

 “One of the issues discussed at that time was the possibility of a conference in the autumn to highlight the issue of victims of state violence and collusion.

 “Having conveyed the proposal to him when I met him in March, the Commissioner for Human Rights expressed an interest in attending such a conference. I was keen to hear what progress is being made on this proposal.

 “One of my priorities if the electorate return me as their MEP, will be to continue to highlight in Europe, the British government’s human rights abuses, state killings and collusion during the conflict in Ireland.”

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