June 23, 2022Pat Finucane Impunity Northern Ireland Article 2 Right to Life Accountability and Access to Justice
(London, 23 June 2022) Today, Rights & Security International advised the UK Parliament to scrap the Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill, which it believes would violate human rights laws and damage peacebuilding efforts.
Full text of the advice is available below.
Factsheet: Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill
This factsheet provides background information on the Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill. Rights & Security International believes this legislation would violate human rights and damage peacebuilding efforts, and should be scrapped.
The Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill would do three things:
The Bill likely violates international law. Under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the UK must ensure that the government effectively investigates potentially unlawful killings and other serious human rights violations. There are similar requirements in the Convention against Torture. The measures proposed in the Bill would violate these laws as they would create an approach which is:
The proposals are not justified by the facts. Many of the narratives the UK government has used to promote the Bill lack evidence, and appear to ignore the views of people directly impacted by the Troubles.
Victims, survivors and many veterans do not want this Bill, nor do the Northern Ireland political parties. Rights & Security International and other experts have explained why these proposals will not work. Many experts have also raised viable alternatives to the measures proposed in the Bill.
We would urge you to vote against the Bill and to create an inclusive and strong mechanism for addressing the legacy of the past, which will provide accountability for victims and survivors and help build peace.
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