Rights Watch (UK) and CAJ reject call by Peter Hain for de facto amnesty on historic crimes in NI

In a joint statement, leading human rights organisations based in London and Belfast, Rights Watch (UK) and the Committee on the Administration of Justice, reject the call by former Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain for a de facto amnesty on historic crimes in Northern Ireland. Such an amnesty would be complete denial of access to … Continue reading Rights Watch (UK) and CAJ reject call by Peter Hain for de facto amnesty on historic crimes in NI

Rights Watch (UK) marks the anniversary of the release of the da Silva review into the Finucane murder

Speaking in the House of Commons on 12 December 2012 the Prime Minister told the family of Pat Finucane that he was ‘deeply sorry’ for the ‘totally unacceptable’ levels of collusion revealed in the de Silva report into the murder of Pat Finucane. He went on to say that he had asked the Secretary of … Continue reading Rights Watch (UK) marks the anniversary of the release of the da Silva review into the Finucane murder

Rights Watch (UK) stunned by AG for NI proposal to end all prosecutions, inquests and inquiries into conflict-related deaths in NI

Rights Watch (UK) is stunned by the Attorney-General for Northern Ireland’s statement proposing the end of all prosecutions, inquests and other inquiries into conflict-related deaths in Northern Ireland. What has been suggested is nothing short of a de facto amnesty, which proposes bulldozing away rights of access to justice. We welcome the fact that political … Continue reading Rights Watch (UK) stunned by AG for NI proposal to end all prosecutions, inquests and inquiries into conflict-related deaths in NI

Rights Watch (UK) regrets decision to prevent distribution of documents to families and representatives of 3 victims of state-related killings

The documents, including inquest papers, were released by the Public Record Office for Northern Ireland (PRONI) on the authority of the Northern Ireland Culture Minister after she took advice from the Attorney General for Northern Ireland. Unless the Westminster Executive is able to articulate a clear reason for interfering, this decision should be allowed to … Continue reading Rights Watch (UK) regrets decision to prevent distribution of documents to families and representatives of 3 victims of state-related killings

On 15th anniversary Omagh bombing Rights Watch (UK) publishes report into bombing and issues call for cross-border enquiry

Drawing upon a wide body of publicly available material, Rights Watch (UK) has written a report into the Omagh bombing. Because the bombing occurred after the Peace Agreement it lies outside the remit of the mechanisms of Dealing with the Past like the Historical Enquiry Team (HET). And while there have been several court cases … Continue reading On 15th anniversary Omagh bombing Rights Watch (UK) publishes report into bombing and issues call for cross-border enquiry

Panic Attack: Injunction used by State to lock down the past

In the wake of the recent exposure of the illegal partices of the Historical Enquiries Teams, the issue of Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland took a new blow this weekend as the government was granted an injunction to stop the circulation of public records in relation to three conflict related killings. The documents … Continue reading Panic Attack: Injunction used by State to lock down the past

Rights Watch (UK) fears impact of secret courts, as the Justice and Security Act comes into force

We note with regret that the Justice and Security Act comes into force today. Across the world and here in Northern Ireland we have seen the harm that is done when courts lack openness and transparency. Rights Watch (UK) joins the countless NGOs and legal experts who have raised serious concerns about whether the Act … Continue reading Rights Watch (UK) fears impact of secret courts, as the Justice and Security Act comes into force