Relatives For Justice Director Mark Thompson welcomes today’s concluding observations from the United Nations Committee on Civil and Political Rights.
In particular RFJ welcomes the highly significant comments regarding the immediate implementation of the Stormont House Agreement by the British Government and the call for an inquiry into the murder of human rights solicitor Pat Finucane.
Mr Thompson said
“Relatives For Justice made a substantial submission to the Committee and one of our Board members Niall Murphy travelled to the Committee hearings in Geneva and gave a verbal presentation of the submission and lobbied the committee earlier this month.
“The findings by the committee and their recommendations support completely the views of Relatives For Justice regarding legacy issues, not least calling for an inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane, the need for effective Article 2 compliant investigations, adequate resourcing of those investigations, ensuring investigation independence in statute, the prompt establishment of the HIU and the prompt implementation of the Stormont House Agreement.
“Today’s findings require an immediate response from the British Government and the Secretary of State and urgent movement on all of the recommendations.
“These findings need to be the subject of urgent debate in Stormont, Westminster and Leinster House.”
A copy of the Findings can be found by clicking here CCPR concluding observations July 2015
And a copy of the Submission by Relatives for Justice can be found by clicking here Submission_to_UNHRC_19th_June_2015 pdf