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British government must face responsibilities on the past - McGuinness

30 October, 2014 - by Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness MLA has said the British government must face up to its responsibilities on dealing with the past. 

Speaking to relatives of victims of state violence at Stormont ahead of a human rights conference in Belfast next Thursday 6th November, which will be attended by the European Council's Nils Muiznieks, Mr McGuinness said; 

"This has been a particularly difficult year for many families from across this society seeking truth and justice about the death of their loved ones. 

"We have witnessed families being denied an inquiry into the Ballymurphy massacre, the inaction of the PSNI to investigate the actions Military Reaction Force, the call for a public inquiry into the deaths of 18 people at the hands of loyalists in Mid Ulster, the PSNI refusal to co-operate with the Gerard Lawlor inquest, the ongoing refusal to honour their commitment to hold an inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane and the destruction of documents relating to shoot-to-kill deaths just weeks before an inquest was due to begin. 

"All of this is rooted in the British government's failure to honour its Article 2 Right to Life obligations. It is clear that the British government fears the truth. 

"We in Sinn Féin will not tolerate the British government seeking to rewrite their role in the conflict. 

"There are many differing perspectives on the causes of the past conflict, what happened and who was responsible. We are up for a comprehensive discussion about the nature, causes and consequences of conflict. The question is, is the British government?

"In all of our deliberations we have sought to put the needs of victims first."

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