John Finucane MP has welcomed the launch of the Irish Government’s interstate case against the British government’s Legacy Act.
The North Belfast MP said:
“I welcome the announcement from the European Court of Human Rights that the Irish Government has formally launched its legal challenge against the British government’s shameful Legacy Act.
“This is a positive step for victims and families who have been fighting for years determined to get truth and justice for their loved ones. They should not have been forced to take individual legal actions against this Act, and this action by the government will now complement these challenges.
“The British Tory government rushed through this legislation despite the clear opposition and concerns raised by victims and families, all political parties, the Irish Government, the US, UN, the Council of Europe and human rights experts.
“The Act is a flagrant breach of international human rights law and is a blatant attempt to shut the door on families’ efforts to achieve truth and justice through the courts.
“We will stand with those families as they challenge this cruel and cynical law, and as they continue to campaign with dignity and determination for truth and justice.”