March 29, 2024
British government should repeal cruel Legacy Act – Finucane

Sinn Féin MP John Finucane has said the British government should repeal its cruel Legacy Act.

The North Belfast MP was speaking after the United Nations Human Rights Committee also called for the ‘repeal or reform the Legacy Act 2023’.

John Finucane said:

“The United Nations Human Rights Committee stated it was ‘particularly concerned about the conditional immunity scheme for persons who have committed serious human rights violations’.

“The Committee also expressed concern about ‘the adoption of the Legacy Act’, the ‘absence of the power of investigation to guarantee the right to truth for victims’ and the ‘procedural barriers and obstacles to criminal investigations, civil suits, and other remedies’ which would ‘effectively stifling any criminal or civil proceedings connected to the troubles’.

“Given that the clear purpose of Act was to give immunity to British state forces and to obstruct families and block their efforts to get truth and justice through the courts, the real intent behind this Act is now exposed as a clear breach of citizen’s rights. 

“I would call on the British government to repeal its legislation and implement the Stormont House Legacy mechanisms in a human rights compliant manner.”

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