September 7, 2021
Kelly welcomes publication of Queen’s University report on amnesty proposals

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly has welcomed the publication of a damming report by Queen’s University into the British government’s amnesty proposals.

The North Belfast MLA said:

“The report published by Queen’s University today into British Government legacy proposals is damning and the latest in a series of academic reports condemning the proposed amnesty for British soldiers.

“The report has reiterated that an amnesty would not only be in clear breach of ‘binding human rights standards’, but that it would also ‘breach guarantees’ contained within the Good Friday Agreement. 

“The Queen’s University report also stated that the British Governments proposals are ‘more expansive’ than that of Chilean dictator Agusto Pinochet, a man responsible for horrific and grave human rights abuses.

“If your proposed policies are even to be compared to that of Pinochet, let alone going beyond his policies, you know that you’re acting in complete contempt of the most fundamental and basic of human rights. 

“British armed forces cannot be placed above the rule of law and accountability. 

“And victims of the conflict and their families cannot be denied access to the courts in pursuit of truth and justice.

“There is no support for these proposals on the island of Ireland, all political parties and the Irish government are united with one voice in opposition. 

“Sinn Féin will continue to press for the implementation of the legacy mechanisms included at Stormont House in a human rights compliant manner.” 

Follow us online

Latest Tweets

It was wonderful to be in Pomeroy to help launch the incredible state of the art facility for Plunkett’s GAC and the local community.

It is fantastic to see this high level ambition within local communities, with people coming together to make their vision a reality and achieve…

It's time to scrap the TV Licence. The endless scandals at RTÉ have damaged people's trust and confidence.

Those at the top are never held accountable while tens of thousands of ordinary people are dragged through the courts. The public wants decisive action. It is time to act.

Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney has said Ireland must use all its influence, at home and abroad, to demand an end to Israel’s genocidal war and to promote Palestinian national freedom.

Government’s failed bid to host EU’s new anti-money laundering agency requires scrutiny – Senator Lynn Boylan

"The obvious question for any agency or multinational looking at establishing a base in Dublin is where will their workers live." @LNBDublin

Load More