17/09/2021

Amnesty International Condemns Govt Amnesty Proposals

British armed forces cannot be placed above the rule of law and accountability, Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has said.

Mr Kelly has welcomed a submission by Amnesty International to the United Nations, which stated that the British government's amnesty proposals are "an utter betrayal of victims and must not become law".

Mr Kelly said: "The British government's proposals will give an amnesty to British soldiers who killed Irish civilians and shut down victims' and families' access to the courts.

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

"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 the British government's proposals on the island of Ireland.

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


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