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Delegation invites European Fundamental Rights Agency to meet victims of British collusion

12 April, 2016 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has invited the European Fundamental Rights Agency (EUFRA) to undertake a fact finding mission to the north, to meet the victims and family members of British collusion.

Speaking after meeting with the Fundamental Rights Agency along with a delegation of victims and survivors in Strasbourg, Ms Anderson said,

“It has been widely accepted that many of the 3,589 lives lost during the late 1960s and the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 involved acts by agents of the British state.

“The European Court of Human Rights has held the British state in breach of its investigatory procedural obligations under Article 2 of the European Conventions of Human Rights (ECHR.)

“During the exchange with the European Fundamental Rights Agency, family members and representatives gave their testimonies, one as powerful and as personal as the next. But behind each of these testimonies are mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children and even grand-children starved of justice by the British Government.

“Therefore, guided by the needs of the families, we proposed that a representative from the European Fundamental Rights Agency visits the north to meet with those still seeking inquests and closure into the deaths of their loved ones, as a matter of urgency.

“The 12 strong delegation with representatives from the Pat Finucane Centre, the Committee on the Administration of Justice and Relatives for Justice, also called on the European Fundamental Rights Agency to conduct a thematic report into the “Failure of Access to Justice for Victims”, focusing on the north.

“The EUFRA admitted that this was the first time they had heard interventions from the families of victims and following the robust dialogue, I am confident this is a positive step in the ongoing campaign for justice.” ENDS

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