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PSNI fail to uphold and apply law regarding offensive Cappagh Banner

The PSNI has refused to remove an overtly sectarian and grossly offensive banner erected to loyalist sectarian killer Billy Wright that celebrates the murder of four men in Boyles Bar, Cappagh, County Tyrone, in March 1991. Responding to the PSNI decisions RFJ Director Mark Thompson issued the following statement; “In the first instance this deliberately […]

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RUC pathetic excuses facilitate continuing impunity – PPS must act

By RFJ Director Mark Thompson In 2003 Relatives for Justice (RFJ) learned that the RUC destroyed thousands of documents, interview notes, and statements stored at Gough Barracks, Armagh. These related to key loyalist suspects involved in numerous murders throughout the North. The destruction also included evidence relating to those involved in the Loughinisland Massacre. The […]

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An untold part of the collusion jigsaw in Loughinisland

By RFJ Director Mark Thompson “My next door neighbour taught me how to drive when it should have been my Daddy…my uncle brought me to buy my first car when I passed my test when it should have been of my Daddy. My brother got married and Daddy wasn’t there and he has grandchildren he […]

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RFJ Statement regarding the Loughinisland Report

Mark Thompson Director of Relatives for Justice has made the following statement in response to the report by Police Ombudsman Dr Michael Maguire regarding Loughinisland.   “Relatives for Justice welcomes today’s report on Loughinisland. The collusion in these murders is clear and unambiguous. This not only relates to the murders but also to the importation […]

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Statements by Emma Rogan and Aidan O’Toole – Loughinisland

Emma Rogan Daughter of Adrian Rogan As you will understand today is one of mixed emotion for us all. Today I’m thinking about my daddy, my grandfather, and all those murdered that awful night on June 18th 1994 when they went to watch a soccer match at their local pub. Today we finally have a report […]

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Ombudsman Report on Loughinisland

To see full report by Dr Michael Maguire on Loughinisland killings of 1994 please click here Loughinisland-Report

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Truth Justice and Freedom – address by Mark Thompson

Address by Mark Thompson RFJ Truth, Justice, Freedom Rally with the Sikh people (London Sunday 5th June 2016) Firstly I’d like to thank the organizers of today’s rally for the invite and importantly the opportunity to address you all – it is indeed a great privilege and an honour to stand here with you in […]

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Court Report – Carberry family in groundbreaking court hearing

Carberry family court challenge to British government: “Your soldiers killed our father in cold blood; now investigate this properly.” Factual background to the case Stanislaus Carberry – known as Stan – was killed on 13th November 1972 on the Falls Road, Belfast. He was shot dead by a British foot patrol. He was in a […]

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Francis Rowntree Inquest Update

Soldier B’s evidence 26th April 2016 Soldier B is giving his evidence via video link from a location in Britain. The families’ solicitor Padraig O’Muirigh and barrister Fiona Doherty had argued that the Rowntree family should be able to see Soldier B when he is giving his evidence. However, the coroner Brian Sherrard has ruled […]

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Pearse Jordan Inquest update

  Tuesday 19th April 2016   The inquest resumes after expert testimony last Friday when 2 witnesses confirmed that Pearse Jordan must have been shot in the back; a significant rebuttal to the killer’s assertion that the victim was facing him with one hand holding the other wrist, as if he was holding a revolver. […]

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RFJ Remarks to the US Congress Tom Lantos Commission on Human Rights

  Please find here comments Relatives for Justice comments to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Briefing on Truth and Reparations for Northern Ireland: A Gender Integrated Approach. For Pdf Please click here comments to tom lantos commission pdf I want to begin these remarks by thanking Congressman McGovern and his team for the opportunity to […]

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Legacy Gender Integration Group to Brief US Congress

Public Announcement: Last September the Belfast-based Legacy Gender Integration Group produced Gender Principles for Dealing with the Past. This innovative document was the first of its kind to be produced and was well received by all parties in the run into the intensive negotiations on dealing with the past last November. The Gender Principles show […]

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Victims Forum Recruiting new members

This Wednesday 13th April a process will begin to appoint new members of the Victims Forum – which advises government policy on victims. It will be open to people bereaved and injured in our conflict to apply. We will share details on Wednesday – in the meantime it might be something to think about and […]

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Presentation to Sdlp think in on victims and legacy

RFJ was delighted to be part of the Sdlp think in on victims and legacy today in St Mary’s College. It was an inclusive and thought provoking event which dealt with sensitive and difficult issues. Our Director Mark Thompson gave a presentation to – a copy if which can be found here sdlp conference presentation April […]

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Pearse Jordan Inquest developments

Thursday 10th March 2016   The day begins …   Expert pathologist Dr Cary – engaged by the Jordan family – was supposed to be on the stand. His flight from London was cancelled so he will be rescheduled. His testimony focuses on the family’s case that Pearse was shot in the back and therefore […]

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Collusion in Cappagh Killings

The full Relatives for Justice report into the Cappagh Killings can be found by clicking here Cappagh Report

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RUC killer of Pearse Jordan says he has ‘no regrets’

Blog by Mark Thompson This morning at the inquest of Pearse Jordan relatives of those affected by state violence were crammed up against ‘police tape’ in the public gallery of Courtroom 13 at Laganside Court. The section of the public gallery sealed off was to prevent the public from catching a glimpse of sergeant ‘A’ […]

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Heroic parents hear Special Branch commander evidence in Pearse Jordan inquest

Blog by RFJ Casework Manager Mike Ritchie on the second day of the inquest into the killing of Pearse Jordan Here’s a picture of Hugh and Teresa Jordan outside the court following the second day of the inquest into their son Pearse’s death at the hands of the RUC Special Branch unit, the HQ Mobile […]

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Stormont House Agreement monies must be protected if HIU has any hope of success in delivering to families

Mark Thompson writes on the need to ensure the British Government honours its obligations to resource legacy inquests and the dual need to secure the committed monies to the Stormont House Agreement. To read full article please click this link PDF version – Stormont House Agreement monies must be protected if HIU has any hope of […]

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Villiers statement a deliberate denigration of victims

Relatives for Justice is currently composing a comprehensive response to the comments of Secretary of State Villiers after her statement yesterday. However there is one particular and immediate point to be made. Victims of state actions and of collusion are not engaged in the pursuit of a “Pernicious counter narrative” . They are, through no […]

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Geraldine Finucane Anniversary Lecture Remarks

The outstanding contribution by Geraldine Finucane speaking on the anniversary of her husband’s killing in the Europa Hotel tonight can be downloaded here Geraldine Finucane Pat Finucane Anniversary Conference Remarks (Feb. 2016)

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RFJ presentation to PRONI

Last week RFJ’s Director and Casework Manager were invited by PRONI to make a presentation to a number of civil servants, as part of civil service week, on the importance of why families seek information concerning the deaths of loved ones; the barriers faced in trying to obtain information; the impacts, both positive and negative […]

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Pat Finucane Anniversary Lecture

  Pat Finucane Anniversary Lecture Thursday February 11th 2016, 7pm – 9pm, Europa Hotel Belfast Victims’ right to truth, national security & dealing with the past When does legitimate state secrecy become cover-up? Speakers: Geraldine Finucane has been an inspiration to thousands of bereaved relatives as she has led the Finucane family in their dignified […]

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The implications of the repeal of the HRA for victims of our conflict

The speech delivered by Andrée Murphy, Deputy Director of RFJ, to the Sinn Féin BREXIT conference can be found by clicking here A Murphy BREXIT conference jan 2016 pdf final

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Same old PSNI/RUC Roadblocks to Truth

This morning saw the beginning of back to back hearings in all 56 legacy inquests, involving 97 killings, to establish just how far they have progressed – or not as is the case in many.   The Lord Chief Justice (LCJ) recently assumed full responsibility for the coronial process and consequently the backlog. Justice Weir, […]

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Internship Opportunity with Relatives for Justice

Internship Opportunity with Relatives for Justice Duration: 6 months Duties: Updating Relatives for Justice website including uploading text, photos, video etc Uploading historical and archive materials to website Hours per week: 8 Conditions: Travel expenses provided Flexible working Line management provided How to Apply: Please submit CV and letter expressing why you would like to […]

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British Government exposed as anti-agreement rejectionists on the past

Statement by Relatives for Justice tonight following the failure to implement the Stormont House Agreement measures regarding the past. “Victims of our conflict tonight sit having had a promise broken. Last December the British Government signed up to the Stormont House Agreement. Families’ hopes were raised. Tonight the actions of the British Government in destroying […]

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RFJ Submission to UN Special Rapporteur on his country visit

Last night RFJ members met with Mr Pablo De Greiff in the RFJ Belfast offices. Mr De Greiff is the UN Special Rapporteur on truth, transitional justice, reparations and non-recurrence. At the meeting families made submissions to him about their own personal cases and the wider need for a comprehensive process for all victims of […]

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Lest we Forget – Security Forces Created Shankill UDA

First Published in the Sunday Tribune 2000 Security forces created Shankill UDA (by Ed Moloney, Sunday Tribune) As the RUC carried out Peter Mandelson’s orders last Tuesday to arrest Johnny Adair and return him to jail the very air seemed to bristle with outrage and indignation at the damage to the peace process that this so-called […]

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RFJ submission to European Court Committee of Ministers October 2015

Rule 9 submission to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Execution of Judgments of European Court of Human Rights in McKerr, Hemsworth, McCaughey, Grew, Kelly, McCann & (many) others v. UK Please Click here RFJ Submission to Committee of Ministers – October 2015 – Final

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Relatives for Justice paper on British “national security” and families’ Right to Truth

On 3rd October 2015 the media leaked a draft bill which was under consideration at the multi-party negotiations for the implementation of the Stormont House Agreement. The draft legislation which had been presented by the British Government to the Implementation Talks concerning the measures to deal with the past, have raised significant concerns regarding the […]

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BBC presenters and the wearing of the poppy

Human rights & victims support NGO Relatives for Justice (RFJ) has released correspondence from the Director General, and Deputy Director General, of the BBC that reveals the corporation does not have a policy that states presenters should wear poppies during early November’s ‘Remembrance week’. The correspondence also states that the matter is solely for individual […]

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RFJ responds to Chief Justice statement on inquests

Speaking after the speech by Lord Chief Justice Declan Morgan to the Victims and Survivors Forum Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson has said: “Of the 55 legacy inquests, RFJ are supporting scores of families involved in 21 of those inquests. This afternoon Relatives for Justice cautiously welcomes the intervention of the Lord Chief Justice […]

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Relatives for Justice Submission to European Court October 2015

The first  link will show all the listed submissions and communications RFJ have made in this past year regarding the UK government meeting its investigative legal obligations concerning killings by the state and where collusion exists. Since May 2001 following the McKerr set of cases the UK has failed to meet its legal obligations. The […]

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Who will Report on the Writers of the Report?

Today the British Secretary of State will give a statement on a report carried out by the British Security Service and other state agencies. RFJ have completed this short document on 40 lesser known facts regarding the continuing actions of the state and continuing cover up. To view the document please click this link Murder Lies […]

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Geraldine Finucane appeals Judicial Review re Inquiry

Statement from MADDEN & FINUCANE SOLICITORS 14 October 2015 Geraldine Finucane, widow of Patrick Finucane, has lodged an appeal against the judgment and Order of Mr Justice Stephens made on 8 September last.   Stephens J. held that the Secretary of State was justified in reneging upon a commitment made at Weston Park that if a public […]

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Proposed British legislation on past unacceptable for families

06 March 2015 Following political talks last December between both governments and the political parties we had the publication of a document outlining a way forward to address the past; the Stormont House Agreement (SHA). We have always said that if properly implemented the SHA legacy section contained, for the greater number of bereaved families […]

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Chief Constable’s Chaos is madness of his own making

By Mark Thompson ‘Chaotic’ is how the PSNI Chief Constable described the current state of the inquest system at a Policing Board meeting today.   There are almost 60 conflict related inquests currently open. Relatives for Justice are providing support to families in 21 of those inquests.   There can be no doubt that under […]

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Submission to UN Cttee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Relatives for Justice have made a submission to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This Submission focuses on the economic and social impact of conflict and the disporportionate effect on women The submission can be found by clicking here CESCR Sept 2015 pdf

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Daniel McColgan inquest continuing

  Note of attendance at inquest into the loyalist (UDA) murder Daniel McColgan (September 28th/29th 2015) by Mark Thompson   20-year old Daniel McColgan was shot dead by the UDA in January 2002 as he arrived at his place of employment, a Royal Mail postal sorting office in the Rathcoole area on the outskirts of […]

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A more informed conversation about investigations and the Stormont House Agreement

This morning following the significant legal victory of the families affected by the McGurks’ Bar bombing our Director Mark Thompson was asked really important and relevant questions by the families at the court. These questions centred on the legal processes of the past number of years surrounding the requirement for independent investigations. When Mark returned […]

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Mark Thompson – thoughts on current state of play for SHA

We have advocated for and supported an Article 2 compliant investigative mechanism for all families, the vast majority of whom currently have no process whatsoever to independently investigate the killing of a loved one/s. In the proposals published in Dec 2014, re the SHA legacy section, it clearly sets out a framework for an Art […]

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Gender Principles for Dealing with the Past

Relatives for Justice were delighted to attend the launch of Gender Principles for Dealing with the Past. This  is an important and unique intervention into the debate on how we ensure our processes to deal with the past are effective and inclusive. We encourage all to read them and debate them. The report can by clicking […]

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Invitation to Launch of Gender Principles to Deal With the Past

Invitation to the Launch of  Gender Principles for Dealing with the Legacy of the Past Tuesday 15 September 2015 10.30am – 1pm Room 115 Parliament Buildings, Stormont

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Secretary of State double standards on inquiries political gesturing and insulting

The British Gov. appointed Secretary of State for the North of Ireland has said that she has not ruled out ordering an inquiry into the killing of a Judge and his wife during the conflict. Lord Justice Gibson and his wife were killed in an IRA operation in 1987 as they returned from holidaying abroad. […]

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Féile an Phobail Event – The British State policy of collusion in Ireland

As part of Féile an Phobial on Tuesday 4th August at 2pm in St Mary’s College Falls Road, Relatives for Justice families will chart the British State’s overall counter-insurgency strategy of collusion in Ireland during the conflict that claimed hundreds of lives. Through the use of murder gangs, counter-gangs, pseudo gangs, agents, disinformation, and bombings […]

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United Nations Calls for HIU establishment and Finucane Public Inquiry

The United Nations has called for a public inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane and immediate establishment of independent resourced investations into all conflict killings

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Finucane truth not much advanced

By Mike Ritchie In an 86 page judgement, Judge Ben Stephens today rejected Geraldine Finucane’s challenge to David Cameron’s refusal of a public inquiry into her husband’s murder. He chose to conclude that any government must be able to change policy and laid out the legal framework that must underpin such a change at the […]

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Mark Thompson responds to Edwin Poots

I’m bewildered by the comments and allegations made by Edwin Poots. I had no words whatsoever with any member of the DUP last week when I attended the debate. Indeed there were many insults from within the chamber by the DUP concerning collusion and afterwards when they sought to demean and belittle the bereaved that […]

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Coroner lambasts PSNI approach to disclosure of information on pensioner’s killings

By Mike Ritchie The Roseann Mallon inquest has now closed; we await the concluding findings of Judge Reg Weir from the epic 18 months of hearings, the frequent surprises and revelations, the volumes of material with the prodigious redaction count. Yet even at this stage when closing submissions have been made, the state is continuing […]

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Bookies Atrocity Families welcome Police Chief’s apology but remain focused on search for truth and accountability

Families bereaved in a UDA attack on Sean Graham’s betting shop on the Ormeau Road have welcomed an apology from the PSNI Chief Constable following a meeting at PSNI HQ, Knock. The apology relates directly to police providing one of the murder weapons used in the atrocity to the Imperial War Museum, London for the […]

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Stormont Collusion Motion – Call to Families

Statement from Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson in advance of Stormont Assembly Motion on Collusion “Following several recent television programmes highlighting collusion Relatives for Justice and families contacted a number of MLA’s, TD’s, MP’s and MEP’s seeking urgent action concerning revelations from these programmes; we also contacted An Taoiseach, the Irish Government Department of […]

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No doubts now – Collusion was British government approved

By Mark Thompson, Director When the review into the murder of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane by Sir Desmond de Silva was published Relatives for Justice (RFJ) identified a number of points where information was made available within the report but which required further independent investigation by way of a public inquiry into the murder […]

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UTV Policing the police Transcript

Transcript of UTV Insight programme Policing the police PART ONE Commentary: 
The divisions in Northern Irish society have clear physical manifestations. Mistrust and fear and still stalk the streets. Despite the Good Friday Agreement, the continued presence of walls and wire separating the two communities is testament to the ever-present fear that the killing grounds of […]

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RFJ Press Release regarding Spotlight exposé of British agent Freddie Scappaticci

Press Release from Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson following last night’s Spotlight programme   “Relatives for Justice have been supporting a number of families whose loved ones were involved in the republican movement and who were alleged to have been working for the RUC/military intelligence and who were subsequently killed. Some of these people […]

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“A compassionate and inclusive future that leaves no-one behind ”

By Mark Thompson I listened to Nigel Dodds speaking on the BBC about ‘perpetrators’ and of how his party, the DUP, is seeking to change the definition of a victim to exclude non-State combatants. The hypocrisy knows no bounds with Willie McCrea’s more recent public pronouncements on the matter too.   In our society there […]

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Panorama exposé of collusion and State terror; PSNI Chief Constable in Denial

  “The revelation in tonight’s Panorama that one of the guns used in the Sean Graham’s Bookmakers attack on the Ormeau Road, on February 5th 1992, which killed 5 people and injured several others, was on public display at the Imperial War Museum in London until recently is absolutely shocking. It’s beyond being crass and […]

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Pat Finucane’s murder – “As Bad as it Gets”

Blog by Casework Manager Mike Ritchie According to David Cameron, Pat Finucane’s murder is “as bad as it gets”. His advisor called it “a horror story”. Why then did they decide to refuse a promised public inquiry? In the high court in Belfast from May 11th to 14th, 2015, Geraldine Finucane challenged the decision by […]

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Pat Finucane Murder – “As Bad As It Gets”

Blog by Casework Manager Mike Ritchie According to David Cameron, Pat Finucane’s murder is “as bad as it gets”. His advisor called it “a horror story”. Why then did they decide to refuse a promised public inquiry? In the high court in Belfast from May 11th to 14th, 2015, Geraldine Finucane challenged the decision by […]

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Glenanne Murders, Collusion and the Right to Truth all in one High Court

Blog by Caseworker Paul Butler Hillcrest Bar   Relatives for Justice (RfJ) were in the High Court, Belfast on the 7th May 2015 for the start of judicial review proceedings against the Chief Constable of the PSNI.  The case centres on the commitment given by the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) to complete an overarching report […]

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The architects of collusion to receive writ from bereaved Irish family

Family of Patrick E. Heenan, murdered by agents of the State, to serve writ on MoD & Frank Kitson in London, Thursday April 30th 2015   Public statement/article from the Heenan family, Relatives for Justice & KRW Law LLP   This Thursday the family of Patrick Heenan, murdered by State agents within the UDA on […]

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Powerpoint Presentations at Stormont House Agreement Workshop March 2015

Yesterday we held a very successful workshop for bereaved families on the Stormont House Agreement and what it means for families. Mark Thompson gave an insightful presentation on what has brought us to this point and the opportunities that now exist following a series of failed initiatives and Mike Ritchie gave a full presentation on […]

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Leaving court with their two arms the one length… Blog by Mike Ritchie

  RFJ attended a re-arranged hearing in the Roseann Mallon inquest yesterday. The inquest is dealing with a final issue: whether it is adequate for police neither to confirm nor deny (NCND) whether one of their agents was involved in the murder of the 76 year old woman. Counsel for the next of kin has […]

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Launch of “Dealing With the Past in Ireland: Where are the Women”

Yesterday in Stormont Relatives for Justice launched our report “Dealing with the Past in Ireland: Where Are the Women? An Argument for the Implementation of UNSCR1325”. This event was very well attended by families and and members of civic society and was addressed by Junior Minister at OFMdFM Jennifer McCann MLA and Professor Monica McWilliams. […]

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Relatives for Justice Submission to the Heenan Anderson Consultation

Relatives for Justice have made a lengthy submission to the Heenan-Anderson Commission on the causes of levels of poverty and deprivation in the North of Ireland. The Submission can be found by clicking the following link Heenan -Anderson Consultation January 2015

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It’s the Collusion question in Mallon Inquest

Tonight’s blog is written by RFJ’s Mike Ritchie The activities of RUC Special Branch, its weapons intelligence unit and collusion with loyalists continues to overshadow the inquest into Roseann Mallon’s murder A two-day hearing has just finished at the inquest into the death of Roseann Mallon. The inquest had been adjourned for more than a […]

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Comhaontú na Nollag – Some thoughts

The recent political agreement has rightly been described as a ‘heads of agreement paper’ with important key broad themes being agreed in which the finer detail has yet to be finalized. The headings in the agreement certainly provide opportunity for families seeking accountability for violations. We want this to work and deliver for families. However, […]

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Irish Government Must Assert Rights of Victims

Mike Ritchie writes on the Talks where British officials have produced a flawed legacy investigation mechanism and argues that Irish government need to assert rights of victims of State violence and collusion.

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Inquests – Failures Compound Loss

  The following is a speech delivered by Roisín Uí Mhuirí at our conference “Dealing With the Past -A contributor to peace”. It details one family’s experience of the delays at inquests and the impact on a bereaved family. It persuasively argues for a victims centred and human rights compliant approach to this matter. Given […]

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Remedying the Past; Healing for the Future – RFJ Speech and Conference Report

ON 3rd October 2014 the QUB School of Law with the Commission for Victims and Survivors held an informative and innovative conference on the role of reparations in post conflict transition. Deputy Director of RFJ Andrée Murphy spoke on a panel of practitioners on the issue – her speech which focussed on the current discrimination […]

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RFJ Thrilled to Host Launch of ‘Belfast Days’

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Drew Harris shows RUC Special Branch legacy is safe in his hands

Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris of the PSNI was on the witness stand again yesterday (24.11.2014 ) answering questions about the length of time it has taken to hand over documentation relating to three shoot-to kill incidents 32 years ago when RUC officers shot dead six men. As a frustrated John Lecky (senior coroner) pointed […]

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Legal Challenge into Tyrone Collusion murders “Should Not be Delayed”

Joint statement released by KRW Law, Relatives for Justice and the family of Theresa and Charles Fox. On September 6th 1992 the Mid-Ulster UVF murdered Charles and Theresa Fox in their rural, isolated home, in County Tyrone.   The family was the subject of persistent forms of harassment, including death threats, by the ‘security forces’. […]

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Mark Thompson on comments by Lord Chief Justice re Inquests in Pearse Jordan Appeal

In a media interview, following today’s Court of Appeal judgment in Jordan in which the Lord Chief Justice (LCJ), Sir Declan Morgan, made additional commentary on legacy inquests more generally citing the need for a possible rethink of a wider inquiry process, RFJ’s Director, Mark Thompson, told the BBC;   “The comments of the LCJ […]

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Judgment from Court of Appeal re RUC killing of Pearse Jordan relevant to Talks on Past

In terms of the ongoing talks on dealing with the past both governments and all parties should take note of today’s judgment in the Jordan case by the Court of Appeal where the Lord Chief Justice (LCJ), Sir Declan Morgan, has said that the disclosure of all relevant documents relating to the RUC killing of […]

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Ian Knox Nails It

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Speech by Mark Thompson to TJI Article 2 Conference

The speech delivered to the Transitional Justice Institute conference on Article 2 and Dealing with the Past by Mark Thompson can be found by clicking this link Mark Thompson’s Speech to Article 2 Conference Nov 2014

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Clara Reilly addresses gathering on DWTP in Stormont

Clara Reilly, Chairperson Relatives for Justice – Oct 30th 2014/Stormont & Martin McGuinness, MLA For over 4 decades I, along with many others including Anne and Frances Murray, Sean McCann, Monsignors Raymond Murray and the late Denis Faul, and many others, documented human rights abuses and campaigned tirelessly for truth and justice in a voluntary […]

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RFJ submission to the European Council’s Committee of Ministers

Relatives for Justice made a submission to the European Council’s Committee of Ministers on the British Government’s response to judgments by the European Court on its violation of Article 2 the Right to Life. The first substantive submission can be found by clicking this link The second submission followed evidence by Deputy Chief Constable Drew […]

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Relatives for Justice submission to the Irish Gov consultation on 1325

Relatives for Justice have with Peace III funding been working with women affected by conflict related bereavement and injury to make submissions on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 – women, peace and security to the Irish, London and Stormont governments. Our latest submission to the Irish Dept of Foreign Affairs can be found here RFJ […]

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“Lack of Resources” for legacy a shield for state impunity

By Mark Thompson The Department of Justice (DOJ) has withdrawn a commitment to fund investigative work into conflict related killings from the Police Ombudsman. Alarmingly the DOJ also imposed severe cuts to existing funding critically affecting this area of work. Initially the Police Ombudsman had sought £1.2 million from the DOJ in order to conduct […]

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

The annual general meeting of Relatives for Justice will take place on Friday 24th October at 1pm in our offices at 39 Glen Road. A light lunch will be provided and updates on our work and plans for 2014/2015. A new Board of Directors will be elected at the meeting. Nominations can be made by […]

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RFJ holds meeting with Justice Minister on Legacy Issues

Relatives for Justice (RFJ)  met with Justice Minister David Ford at Castle Buildings, Stormont Estate last week. Speaking after the meeting RFJ’s Chairperson, Clara Reilly, said; “We raised with the Minister concerns about a range of criminal justice and statutory mechanisms tasked with examining killings and which families bereaved are engaged with. “These included the […]

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Irony is alive and well for PSNI at Shoot-to-Kill Inquest

Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris finally took the stand in the Shoot to Kill inquests today. His appearance took much longer to happen than expected when he was called to give evidence by the Coroner John Leckey. This was a fitting parallel of the disclosure process ordered by the Coroner so that the inquest could […]

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Chief Constable’s Comments “A Step Change in Dealing with the Past”

Mark Thompson, Director for Relatives for Justice, made the following comments to the Irish News in response to the speech on Dealing with the Past delivered by new Chief Constable George Hamilton in Oxford this weekend. “The Chief Constable’s speech is a step change in regards to the issue of, and responsibility for dealing with, […]

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RFJ Initial Statement re SoS intervention on Loughgall Inquest

Initial Statement form RFJ re intervention by British Secretary of State on the application for new inquest by families affected by killings in Loughgall 1987

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Thoughts on the 20th anniversary of one ceasefire

RFJ’s Director Mark Thompson reflects on this week’s 20th anniversary of the IRA Ceasefire and warns against the re-emergence of hierarchies of narratives

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New Head of HET is former RUC

Freedom of Information request data obtained by Relatives for Justice from the PSNI confirms that the recently appointed head of the Historical Enquiries Team is a former RUC Officer. When asked about the job specification and criteria, the PSNI confirmed that the appointed officer, Brian Hanna, was the only person considered for the post. There […]

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Plastic Bullet Vigil in Solidarity with Gaza

Statement from Clara Reilly Chairperson of Relatives for Justice and the United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets “The members of Relatives for Justice have been deeply moved as they witness the unfolding horror in Gaza. “Next week we will gather at the annual plastic bullet vigil at 6pm Wednesday 6th August at the site of the […]

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Féile Blog

Thursday 31st July 2014 Féile opens officially today and RFJ is busy. We were delighted to be invited and attend the launch of the Andersonstown News Féile coverage at Teach Basil yesterday evening. As always Máirtín O Muilleoir’s vision to enhance and develop our community’s own vision of itself and to the world was infectious […]

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John Ware in Conversation with Hugh Orde

Statement from Clara Reilly Chairperson of Relatives for Justice Relatives for Justice is committed to the establishment of a fully independent truth process which delivers truth and accountability to those who have been bereaved and injured during our conflict.   This task has been consistently thwarted by vested interests more concerned with preserving their own […]

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Relatives for Justice Events at Féile an Phobail

A summary of some of the events involving Relatives for Justice at this year’s Féile an Phobail

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OTR Report should Inform Process on Past – Not Delay It

Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson has issued the following statement following news of delay on talks to deal with the past: “Today’s announcement that the DUP will not engage in talks to deal with our past until the report re the On The Runs is completed is a cynical and cruel development.   “Thousands […]

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“Lost” RUC/PSNI records undermine murder investigation of Armagh teenager

  In relation to today’s story carried in the Irish News by Connla Young please find RFJ’s full statement from Director Mark Thompson – RFJ will shortly launch a report on the murder of Gavin McShane and Shane McArdle. It’s an absolutely incredible situation that the NIO issued firearms certificates and personal protection weapons to […]

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Adams Arrest is Positioning on Truth End Game

By Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson In the run into Christmas intensive talks took place on dealing with the legacy of the past chaired by senior US diplomat Senator Richard Haass, and Harvard Professor Meghan O’Sullivan.   A failure to secure agreement saw the return of the US facilitators post the seasonal break into […]

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New inquest into killing of Leo Norney welcomed by RFJ

The Attorney General has granted a new inquest into the British army killing of a West Belfast youth in 1975. Leo Norney, a 17 year old from the Turf Lodge area, was shot dead by members of the Black Watch Regiment on 13th September 1975.  At the time of Leo Norney’s killing the British army […]

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Time for Truth not for Insults

The letter sent to the Ballymurphy Families this morning by courier from Secretary of State Theresa Villiers is a symbolic gesture of the contempt with which she chooses to treat victims of the conflict.   The case for rigorous independent examination of the Ballymurphy Massacre is undeniable. The dignity of the families’ campaign for justice […]

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Remembering Quilt Launch Speech and Poem

Speech by Deputy Director Andrée Murphy at launch of 10th Panel of Remembering Quilt and the poem by Mícheál Gallagher about the square dedicated to his 17 month sister Angela   Ba Mhaith Liom Fáilte a chur roimh gach duine   There are people from many walks of life, politics, government, the NGO sector, the […]

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RFJ respond to SoS Progaganda Myths

Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson said; “Theresa Villiers’ comments expose a purely self-serving political approach to the past that seeks to divert and shield the British government from its legal obligations concerning State violence and collusion. “The propaganda myth that the State is only responsible for 10 percent of all killings throws up two […]

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Events to remember to 20th anniversary of the murder of Theresa Clinton

             

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#Time4Truth Video Launched

Tonight the #Time4Truth Video was Launched, view it below:

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#Time4Truth

Today is UN International Day for the Right to Truth and to coincide with this Relatives for Justice will this evening launch a short campaign video onto Youtube entitled Time for Truth – #Time4Truth – 7pm Linenhall Library, Belfast. Speaking in advance of this evenings launch RFJ Director Mark Thompson said;   “The video clip is […]

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Billy Hutchinson’s Comments – “Odious”

Speaking in response to media enquiries concerning this morning’s published interview in the Belfast Newsletter with Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) representative and Belfast City Councillor Billy Hutchinson, in which he states that the murder of two Catholics for which was convicted, “prevented a united Ireland” and that he had “no regrets”, Relatives for Justice (RFJ) issued the […]

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RUC – The truth and the Whole Truth

Today the Justice Minister David Ford announced just under £500K for the RUC Museum. Previously the RUC Museum received £5.5 Million of public money directly from the British Treasury. Speaking after today’s news Relatives for Justice issued the following statement. “The RUC are perfectly entitled to commemorate and host within a museum the record of […]

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Spring Programmes in RFJ

Our New Spring Programme of discussions, classes, trips and interesting things to do is available by clicking here: A5 x 4 page Legacy Lft FEB 2014 For more information please phone Mary Kate on 028 90627171 This Programme Is a part of the Transitional Legacies Programme funded by Peace III    

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Submission to the CVSNI Review on the VSS

Please Find RFJ’s submission to the CVSNI review on the operation of the Victims and Survivors Service here: Submission to Review team on the Victims and Survivors Service Final   The findings of CVSNI and the independent review team regarding the Victims and Survivors Service can be found here: http://www.cvsni.org/index.php/media-centre/news/289-first-and-deputy-first-minister-welcome-the-independent-assessment-on-the-victims-and-survivors-service

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Speech by Monsignor Raymond Murray on the 25th anniversary of the murder of Pat Finucane

PAT FINUCANE What’s in a name? In time it absorbs the whole character and nature of the person. The name Pat Finucane reverberates in our hearts and minds – takes possession of us – his intelligence, his affection, his care, his nobility. And may I say that name reverberates throughout the world. Yes, he made […]

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25th Anniversary of Murder of Pat Finucane Events

To view all events marking the 25th anniversary of the murder of Pat Finucane Please Click Here: Pat Finucane 25th Leaflet

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Inclusive Language is critical to Progress

Like many, I am interested in, and bewildered by, what has created a stumbling block to progress re the Haass O’Sullivan proposals on Dealing with the Past. Apparently – although I am open to contradiction – a significant issue is that of language. In particular the nature of the language used in the document. In […]

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RFJ’s FoI on Hearing Loss Claim Another Stop for the Gravy Train

The only station where the gravy train doesn’t stop arriving and is an express all the way to the bank – only problem is that if you didn’t put on a State uniform and pick up a gun then you’ll not get a ticket to board…   There have been consistent public criticisms from certain […]

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RFJ Grúpa Siúil – RFJ Walking Group

RFJ are reaching out to people bereaved and injured in the conflict to encourage them to consider the health benefits of getting out into the fresh air and local environment more through walking. RFJ are encouraging people of all ages and abilities to get involved. We’re situated perfectly here beside the Falls Park and some […]

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Research by Professor Bill Rolston on Families’ Views and Experiences of Historical Enquiries Team

Satisfaction with the HET: Relatives’ Views – Executive Summary The Full Report can be read heres HET research- Relatives Views by Prof Bill Rolston Introduction In their July 2013 report on the Historical Enquiries Team (HET), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) noted ‘high levels of satisfaction with the performance of the HET team’ identified in […]

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Families Have the Right To Know – RFJ Calls on PSNI to Release Completed HET Reports

Relatives for Justice (RFJ) has revealed details of requests it has made to the Policing Board and PSNI to lift the suspension on completed Historical Enquiries Team (HET) reports from being handed over to families.   The embargo on handing over reports was put in place as an initial measure following a damning report by […]

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Important statement of Clarification from Police Ombudsman re investigation of recruitment of informers

This morning Relatives for Justice received the following communication from the Police Ombudsman Michael Maguire. This follows a front page story in the Irish News regarding his office’s ability to investigate the recruitment of informers. As someone  whom we view as a key stakeholder in the police complaints system, I felt it was important that […]

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Human Rights Key to Haass Talks Success

As the talks chaired by Dr. Haass and Prof. O’Sullivan draw to a conclusion many victims and survivors genuinely wish the process well and that an outcome can be arrived at that properly addresses for them core issues affecting their everyday lives.   The hopes of many are pinned on a successful outcome and one […]

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Immunity, Impunity and the Challenges we face

Mark Thompson is pleased to be writing on the Compromise After Conflict blog about the issues and contradictions faced by families in courts and in the current debates http://blogs.qub.ac.uk/compromiseafterconflict/  

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Painting in RFJ

Sometimes RFJ is in the news because of our strong profile re dealing with the past and casework. However the support side of our work is vital to everything we provide – we are sharing this beautiful painting with you by a woman who had never picked up a paintbrush before she came to RFJ. […]

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Mallon Murder Weapon Linked to other collusion cases

By Mark Thompson The weapon used by the UVF to murder Roseanne Mallon and injure Bridget Mallon was a VZ58 Czech made replica of the AK47 that used Chinese ammunition– it was part of a consignment of weapons imported to Ireland in December 1987 by MI5 agent Brian Nelson and distributed to loyalists.   This […]

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“Repugnant, Incompatible and Dangerous” – Response by Niall Murphy to AG proposals

Niall Murphy KRW LAW LLP  and member of the Board of Directors of Relatives for Justice                                                                               […]

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Relatives for Justice Reaction to the remarks by Attorney General

Perhaps surprisingly, the discussions on how we deal with our past have begun to become quite detailed. Now John Larkin has proposed the unilateral abandonment of all inquests, investigations, inquiries and prosecutions and cites the necessity for this to secure truth. The decision by John Larkin to intervene in this debate in this way is both […]

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Bewildering goings on in Inquest Courts

By Mark Thompson The end of 2014 will hopefully conclude the hand over of all material concerning the shoot-to-kill incidents of late 1982 that claimed 6 lives in three separate incidents by the RUC.  That’s what lawyers representing the PSNI, intelligence services and British government told the inquest in Belfast this morning.   Coroner John […]

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Black Ops Blacked Out? Fooling No one

The Task Coordinating Group (TCG), the North’s most important ‘security group’ comprised the regional heads of Special Branch, British Army (BA), and intelligence service MI5.   TCG also comprised of governmental representatives of the direct rule administration the NIO.   At last week’s inquest into the UVF murder of 76-year old Rosanne Mallon, on May […]

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Haas needs to give primacy to victims rights

Perhaps surprisingly, the discussions on how we deal with our past have begun to become quite detailed. Tonight there is discussion on the necessity for amnesty to secure truth. The Eames Bradley recommendations included proposals on transactional immunity – where truthful accounts of violations could be exchanged for limited immunity. We have seen limited immunity […]

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Statement from Mallon Family re today’s Inquest Hearing

In a statement issued through Relatives for Justice at the end of today’s inquest hearing of the circumstances surrounding the UVF murder of 76-yr old Roseanne Mallon, the Mallon family said:   “At the time Roseanne was killed there was a sophisticated and highly resourced covert operation outside the house. This operation involved three known […]

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RFJ Submission to the Haas and O’Sullivan Talks

Please find here Relatives for Justice Submission to Haas Talks Nov 2013

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Murder, Lies and Videotape

By Mark Thompson This past week started with the opening of the inquest into the 1994 UVF murder of Tyrone pensioner Roseanne Mallon during an attack on the Mallon home, which also injured Bridget Mallon.   A significant British Army covert surveillance operation was detected a couple of months later when a secreted camera was […]

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An Argument for a gender focus in the transitional debate

In 2011 Deputy Director Andrée Murphy delivered this speech to a conference in Dublin on women and transitional justice. We have been asked to share this again in the context of the talks regarding dealing with the past An Argument for a focus on gender in the transitional debate

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Collusion and the targeting of women

Collusion and the Targeting of Women This speech was delivered by Deputy Director Andrée Murphy at the Bloody Sunday weekend in 2013. It touches on the use of language that was used to justify the murder to civilians during the early 1990s as a part of the use of loyalism by the British military. Today’s use […]

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Hierarchy of Victims Debate Diminishes Us All by Mark Thompson

Flags of Convenience May End Up Creating a Process   Dr. Richard Haass and Megan O’ Sullivan are to examine marches, flags and dealing with the past.   There has been much exploitation and manipulation of people bereaved and injured in our conflict – playing on emotions and grief for political capital. There is a […]

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Christmas Card Competition

Relatives for Justice are pleased to announce our organisation’s Christmas Card will this year be of a design by one of our members. BUT we need that design! So we are having a competition. We have decided that the theme will be “PEACE”. That can be political Peace, community Peace, Peace in the home, Peace […]

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Speech by RFJ Chair Clara Reilly in New York

Relatives For Justice was founded in 1991 by a group of human rights activists and bereaved family members who had been working for many years supporting families who were seeking truth and justice concerning the murders of their loved ones.  I was one of the founding members of Relatives For Justice, and am presently the […]

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HET Red Herrings by Mark Thompson

Ever since Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies (HMIC) damning report into the PSNI’s Historical Enquiries Team (HET) there has been speculation about the future of the leadership of the HET – even though the HET has always been under the command and control of ACC Drew Harris and the Chief Constable.   Of course seeking […]

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Media, Villiers, Money, Truth & Power – Time for Truth, Time for Hard Questions

Stephen Walker’s BBC reports from the Tory party conference are good focusing as they do on Haass and dealing with the past, in addition to flags and marches.   The British government’s appointed, not elected, representative to the north has already made several interventions on the subject of Dr. Haass’ role – all of these […]

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Still the Bad Old Days in the Old Town Hall by Mark Thompson

I spent this morning in Old Town Hall Court House where the Coroner again held yet another preliminary inquest hearing into the RUC killings of five republican men and a nationalist teenager in 1982 in what has become known as the shoot-to-kill cases. All were unarmed and deliberately killed and then the circumstances of their […]

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Statement by Solicitor of Shoot to Kill Families following Inquest Hearing

The delays by the Chief Constable in meeting the disclosure expectations of the Coroner are unacceptable.  The chief constable have persistently ignored directions by the Coroners Office and are apparently oblivious to criticism in this regard and are seemingly unaccountable. It is our regretful conclusion that the PSNI approach to this series of Inquests is motivated […]

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Carberry family apply for injunction against PSNI

A west Belfast family will seek to have an injunction applied by the High Court to prevent the PSNI investigating their father’s killing by the British Army.  Stanislaus Carberry was killed in November 1972 by the British Army on the Falls Road. At the time of his death the British Army’s Royal Military Police (RMP) […]

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Secretary of State and Chief Constable drop injunction on RFJ and KRW and Minister of Culture

This morning the Secretary of State and the Chief Constable dropped their injunction on the files of Paddy McAdorey, Sadie Larmour and Michael Donnelly. This action by the Secretary of State was wrong legally and politically. But much more it was wrong morally. Victims were used as pawns in a political battle. Theresa Villiers and […]

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Joint statement from Relatives for Justice and Rights Watch UK re HET

Noting media reports concerning the future of HET Director, Mr. Dave Cox, it is the view of human rights NGOs that removing the current HET leadership will not address the fundamental problems within and associated with the HET. The HET does not enjoy the confidence of the vast majority of families impacted upon by the […]

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Submission to Policing Board Working Group on the Historical Enquiries Team

The Following Submission has been made the Policing Board Working Group on the Historical Enquiries Team. A PDF of the report can be accessed here Final Submission to the Policing Board Working Group on the HET Sept 2012 Representatives from Relatives for Justice will be meeting with the Working Group this afternoon with other NGOs […]

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Amnesty International call for single investigative process to Deal with the Past

Amnesty International came last year to speak with all those concerned with addressing abuses of the past. Today they launch their findings. Their report states that 1. the piecemeal approach to investigations adopted in Northern Ireland is too diffuse and too incomplete to provide a comprehensive picture of all the violations and abuses that occurred […]

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Relatives for Justice New York Fundraiser

New York Fundraiser this Thursday 12th September – please share and support NY Fundraiser A5 leaflet Sept 2013[2]

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Press Release Response to BBC report that HET Boss to go by December

In response to the BBC report that the Chief Constable Matt Baggott has informed the Policing Board that there will be a new leadership team introduced to the Historical Enquiries Team and that the current director Dave Cox will resign in December, Mark Thompson, Director of Relatives for Justice has said: “Removing the HET Director […]

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Letter to Papers from Clara Reilly

2nd September 2013   Dear Editor,   Over the last six years there has been an increasing chorus of criticism of the operations of the HET from families, NGOs, lawyers and academics. The recent HMIC report into the HET has vindicated the concerns of these people and groups and confirmed the basis of many of their […]

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Statement from RFJ Director following Policing Board meeting discussing HET

Speaking after todays Policing Board meeting that discussed the HMIC report into the HET Relatives for Justice Director, Mark Thompson, issued the following statement: “Families bereaved through the conflict came here today with a clear message that the HET was beyond reform. “Policing Board members welcomed the families and received a letter and short submission […]

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Families’ Submission to Policing Board regarding HET

The following submission is from over 300 families who experienced conflict related bereavement. These combined experiences were caused by the actions of the State, loyalists and republicans. These families appreciate your time reading their thoughts.   The conclusions of the submission are that families do not want the HET to continue. Equally, the families of […]

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When families unite

Today families from across the North went to tell the Policing Board that they have been treated disgracefully by the HET and the Chief Constable and will not accept the HET anymore. Families affected by the British army also stated that they will not have the PSNI and any retired and rehired RUC members examine […]

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Families to deliver submission to Policing Board re HET Today

Today the Policing Board will hold its first full and proper meeting since the HMIC inspection report into the HET. Throughout the month of August Relatives for Justice (RFJ) held a series of meetings with families to assess their views and formulate a way forward in terms of addressing conflict related killings. Over 300 families […]

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Statement from the family of Sadie Larmour regarding the SoS Injunction on files relating to their mother’s killing

We as a family believe that all victims have a fundamental right to access documents concerning the murders of their loved ones irrelevant of who killed them.   We requested public documents relating to the murder of our mother. These were documents concerning those charged in connection with the murder by way of a public […]

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Justice Delayed

A Chairde the High Court will sit again on September 13th. Families applied to have writ lifted but this has not happened. Families will sit with the worry over the next few weeks. The delay is grossly insensitive and unfair. Undoubtedly all of the support they have received has made a difference. Please keep on […]

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Families win first round in court

This morning the Court ensured the handing over of tapes of the secret midnight hearing placing an injunction on families receiving papers regarding the killings of their loved ones. Now at least the families’ legal representatives can understand why on earth this injunction has been brought before the full hearing tomorrow morning. Families have the […]

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Villiers lawyers in attempt to have secret court recordings deleted

Friends Last Friday at midnight when the Secretary of State and the Chief Constable sought the injunction on documents containing the details of the killings of 3 people, there was as usual a tape recording of the 'secret hearing'. Yesterday Counsel for RFJ and KRW Law asked for a transcript of those tapes. This is […]

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The Right to Know is a Fundamental to the Right to Justice

Report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights* Summary 2009 The recognition that archives and archivists play a central role in undergirding human rights has grown over the last decade. A key event was the adoption in 1997 by the Commission on Human Rights of the Set of Principles for the protection […]

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Relatives for Justice Statement regarding injunction by British Secretary of State and PSNI Chief Constable

cheap software downloads oem Early on Friday evening Relatives for Justice Chairperson Clara Reilly and Director Mark Thompson met with DCAL minister Caral Ní Chuilin. Minister Chuilin provided RFJ with copies of inquest papers and a trial transcript concerning 3 conflict related murders to which RFJ had previously provided Freedom of Information requests on behalf […]

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Annual Plastic Bullet Vigil – Families receive unprecedented support

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Gerard Lawlor’s 11th anniversary – still no progress

On 18th July the family of Gerard Lawlor marked his 11th anniversary. Despite a community inquiry and the publication of a damning report highlighting PSNI failings no progress has been made. As a reminder of the human cost of this impunity and cover up it is worth reviewing this piece by UTV carried last year. […]

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ECHR Judgement of concern to all

The ECHR judgement of 16 July is of significance to many families who are currently awaiting an inquest or who consider application for new inquest in conflict related cases. The judgement finds the British Government continues to be in violation of its Article 2 obligations regarding state killings and killings wherein the state is implicated. […]

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Loughgall Truth and Justice Campaign end engagement with HET

The following statement was release on behalf of the campaign today. Press Statement Loughgall Campaign withdraws all engagement with HET . The Loughgall Truth and Justice Campaign has with immediate effect withdrawn all engagement with the HET. Seven years ago, with serious reservations about engaging with the HET, the campaign, representing 9 families of those […]

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RFJ Response to Policing Board Statement today

Speaking in response to today’s news that the Policing Board has no confidence in the leadership of the HET in light of yesterday’s damning report by HMIC, Relatives for Justice has issued the following statement; ‘Removing the HET Director and senior staff, even removing the Chief Constable will not suffice in addressing the fundamental and […]

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Not Good Enough

So what does the past 24 hours mean? For families affected by this report they are at a complete disadvantage. They sit with the burden of having to do the right thing by their murdered loved ones. This often raises difficult choices. For victims of state violence the choices are horrendous. And what makes it […]

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HET Perverted Course of Justice in State Killings

3rd July 2013   “HET Perverted the Course of Justice in State Killings”   Speaking today from Belfast following a private meeting between families and the HMIC who delivered their report on the Historical Enquiries Team, Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson has said “The report today by the HMIC is damning. It is clear […]

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RFJ respond to HET staff being moved to Bloody Sunday investigation

  Today’s news that the PSNI’s C2 have removed a significant number of non-former RUC HET staff to address the outworking of the report into Bloody Sunday has raised the need for a properly resourced process to once and for all address the past. Speaking on hearing the news Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson […]

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The End Game and state sanctioned murder

This speech was delivered by Deputy Director Andrée Murphy to the Pat Finucane Centre and Bloody Sunday Trust International Human Rights Conference “Poisonous Legacies” on June 14th 2013 British state policies in the late 1980s until the ceasefire   Paul has given me the absolutely impossible task of summarising the policies of the British state […]

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No Slippage on Plastic Bullets

During our conflict seventeen civilians were killed by plastic bullets, nine of them were children. Hundreds of millions of pounds have been spent compensating the injured of plastic bullets. Some of those injuries include lost limbs, paralysis, brain damage, loss of hearing and blindness. Plastic bullets have been used as a weapon for political control […]

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RUC Special Branch Still Covering Up Shoot to Kill

Statement by the Grew family regarding the Shoot to Kill inquest hearing this morning “Seamus’ father Pat was buried this month at the age of 89. He passed without having heard the inquest into his son’s murder. Seamus’ wife Maureen has also passed away without hearing the truth as to the circumstances of her husband’s […]

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Letter to media re SPAD Bill by Director Mark Thompson

During the course of the conflict the state consistently acted outside of the rule of law, including in contravention of international humanitarian law, in taking hundreds of lives. The majority of those killed were uninvolved civilians including scores of women and children. Of the combatants killed many were unarmed. Of those armed we know that […]

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Councillors’ Compensation Proposals Prompt Call for Conflict Reparations scheme

News that councillors who decide not to stand for election in the proposed new 11 council boundaries are to receive a special financial severance package in ‘recognition’ of their service during the ‘troubles’ has led to calls for a comprehensive reparations package for the civilian bereaved and injured of the conflict.   Relatives for Justice […]

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Margaret Thatcher

In relation to Ireland Thatcher’s role was an appalling and shameful episode that left in its wake an awful legacy of death and hurt that still remains unsolved. These injustices are as tangible today as they were when committed demanding accountability despite her passing.   From the prisons to the streets she had the power […]

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“Iraq 10 Years On”

IRAQ 10 YEARS ON By Dr Kathleen Cavanaugh Thursday April 18th 7.30pm RFJ Offices 39 Glen Road Dr Cavanaugh will also be making observations on her recent visits to PALESTINE Kathleen Cavanaugh is currently a Lecturer of International Law in the Faculty of Law, Irish Centre for Human Rights (ICHR), National University of Ireland, Galway. […]

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Preliminary Inquest into Gerard Slane’s killing – state secrets sought by family

At preliminary inquest hearing yesterday into Gerard’s killing Teresa Slane, Eileen Slane (Gerard’s sister), Paul Pierce lawyer for the family of Kevin Winters Law (KRW Law), and Lauren Fagan also from KRW Law, Mark Thompson RFJ Director.   It was disclosed that there are 20 lever arch folders of sensitive material relating to Gerard’s murder. These relate […]

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Article by Mark Thompson calling for international intervention regarding truth for victims

There has been much hurt visited on all sides. Republicans, the state and loyalists have all inflicted atrocities and were equally the victims of atrocities. As a result there are entrenched views and hardened hearts and despite the peace process for some these have not lessened. That is understandable.   There is an unresolved and […]

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Invitation to Workshop with Dr David Becker

Click here for pdf of Invitation from Relatives for Justice and WAVE  Invitation – Peter Froggatt Centre- Pdf   An Invitation to participate in a ‘ Conversation with Dr David Becker about assessment- the lessons from other conflict areas’ on Thursday 7th March, at 6.30pm Peter Froggatt Centre (2nd floor), Queen’s University, Belfast  Dr David […]

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Lunch Time Chat to Show 5 Broken Cameras 5th March

  1pm Tuesday 5th March the Lunchtime Chat will show Oscar Nominated 5 Broken Cameras Light Lunch Provided All Welcome    

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Statement from the family of Denis Donaldson issued by Madden and Finucane

MADDEN & FINUCANE SOLICITORS Patrick J. Finucane (1949 – 1989)                                                                         88 Castle Street Peter J. Madden    Ciarán Shiels                                                                          Belfast, BT1 1HE Michael Madden    Fearghal Shiels                                                                   Tel: 028 9023 8007 Paul Mc Cann            Roisin Mc Kenna                                                                    Fax: 028 9043 9276 Lynn Day                 Patrick Madden                                                                     DX Box No: 434 NR Jack Quigley            […]

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Time for International Examination of Pattern of British State Abuses

  Today lawyers, representing a significant number of Iraqi citizens, are in the High Court in London seeking an order for a public inquiry into torture and killings by the British Army.   The court heard this morning of a litany of abuses in statements by torture survivors, the bereaved and witnesses to killings.   […]

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RFJ’s Casework team met with the HMIC investigators re concerns around the operation of the HET. This investgation was ordered by the Policing Board following publication of a report by Dr Patricia Lundy of University of Ulster. her report raised issues of fundamental concern regarding the operation of the HET, particularly regarding investigations implicating the state in […]

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RFJ calls for British and Irish Governments to invite UN Special Rapporteur on Truth to visit

Relatives for Justice have today called on the Irish and British governments to invite the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparations and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, Pablo De Greiff, to visit the north.   The call comes on the day the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedoms of Peaceful Assembly and Association, Maini […]

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Social Media Promotion of Shankill Butchers Grotesque and Odious

Following sectarian comments posted on twitter in support, including calling for a return of the notorious Shankill Butchers murder gang Relatives for Justice, which supports a number of the families, has issued the following statement; ‘These comments represent some of the most vile, odious and repugnant sectarian remarks we have ever witnessed concerning the murder […]

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Exciting New Programme beginning at end of January for families who lost women and girls

Her Story is a new Programme beginning on January 29th at 7pm in the Glen Road office. Her Story is a project for those who lost women and girls during the conflict. Our recent conflict caused terrible pain and loss. Families were left with horrific scars as those they loved were ripped from them. While […]

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Landmark decision regarding Loughinisland – families vindicated

Speaking after this morning’s decision in the High Court to quash the previous report by the former Ombudsman Al Hutchinson Emma Rogan, the daughter of Adrian Rogan killed in the attack, said: ‘We welcome this decision. ‘The previous report is now binned. ‘ We have been vindicated in our decision to rightly challenge that report […]

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Bloody Sunday Investigation must include all activities by Paras

The long awaited announcement today that the police investigation into the murders in Derry in January 1972 known as Bloody Sunday will commence in the new year will prompt families from across the North to contribute to their investigation. In 1971 and 1972 the British army’s Parachute Regiment murdered civilians with complete impunity. In August […]

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Article by Deputy Director Andrée Murphy on Dealing with the Past

The site http://www.eamonnmallie.com is becoming a site for important discussions on dealing with the past. This is a link to an article written by our Deputy Director on that theme http://eamonnmallie.com/2012/12/northern-ireland-conquered-bigger-problems-than-past/

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Collusion Report 1990 -1994

COLLUSION REPORT 1990 -1994 PDF

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Loughinisland Families vindicated in Ombudsman challenge

Tonight news has broken that the Police Ombudsman Michael Maguire is set to order a fresh investigation into allegations of collusion in the Loughinisland massacre in 1994. Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson, who will be accompanying the six families whose loved ones were killed by the UVF in 1994 and their legal representative, Mr. […]

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The speech by Clara Reilly at the unveiling of Mural to Pat Finucane

  Clara Reilly’s Speech   I knew Pat Finucane personally – I considered him a friend as well as a colleague. A trusted individual with principle, integrity and above all humanity.   Pat was from this community. He did well. He never forgot his community or his neighbours. He had a burning sense of deep […]

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Teresa Slane gets first view of the De Silva report

Pictured after emerging from reading the de Silva report into the murder of Pat Finucance at the Stormont Hotel Belfast. All three had been in a ‘lockdown’ room under strict conditions having been given access to the report prior to its publication. The report mentioned the circumstance relating to the murder of Gerard. Speaking after […]

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De Silva Report – more questions and frustrations

Sometimes unsatisfactory processes move things along despite our reservations. Today is one of those days. The De Silva report is unsatisfactory. It is flawed. It is exactly what all those concerned with human rights feared it might be.  However the debate in the House of Commons on the outworkings of collusion is vitally important and […]

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Pat Finucane Mural to be Unveiled this Sunday at 2pm Beechmount Drive

An earlier tweet and flier made the mistake of saying that the new mural to be unveiled on Sunday to Pat Finucane would be on Beechmount Ave – it will be on Beechmount DRIVE – beside Falls Community Council. Blame the Dub who works in RFJ for getting muddled up!

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RFJ and McErlean family meet Victims Commissioner

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Please Support Finucane Family Ahead of De Silva report

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Walking Groups back in action after Christmas

Following this morning’s lovely walk and chats Mark T has asked our website team to promote our walking groups in Dungannon and Belfast. New walkers are very welcome in the New Year. Weather permitting it will be back in action the 3rd Saturday and Sunday of January. The groups aim to build friendships and fitness […]

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New Mural to Pat Finucane on Eve of De Silva Report

Cuireadh               Invitation In advance of the publication of the report by Desmond De Silva on the murder of Human Rights Solicitor Pat Finucane   The Finucane family invite you to join them at the unveiling of a new mural at Beechmount Avenue, Belfast     Sunday 9th December at 2pm Speakers: Finucane […]

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De Silva report on 12th will be tested

The not so eagerly awaited report on the murder of Pat Finucane by Desmond De Silva on 12th December is an opportunity to refresh our minds of what is already in the public domain. Not least is the last report by John Stevens in 2003. Which can be found on http://www.madden-finucane.com/pat/archive/pat_finucane/2003-04-17_stevens_report.pdf Anything that is announced […]

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New Commissioner making a good first impression

The new Victims Commissioner has made a good start. By being clearly focussed on the needs of all victims and survivors and taking seriously her mandate this is a breath of fresh air in a very difficult climate. Her statement on the inquest debacle is family focussed and recognises the impact on families – instead […]

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Gerard Lawlor report

To read the full PDF of the Report published by the Independent panel which heard all evidence given at the Gerard Lawlor COmmunity Inquiry please click here Gerard Lawlor Report

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Last Minute Twist for HET Challenge

The family of 16 year-old Gerard Gibson shot dead by British soldiers July 11th 1972 in West Belfast (pictured below with Kevin Winters and RFJ Director Mark Thompson, photo courtesy of Jonathan Porter, Press Eye), were forced to take a judicial review of a failure by the the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) to conduct an effective investigation into […]

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Gerard Lawlor case raises significant questions

The killing of Gerard Lawlor 10 years ago raises questions about agents, collusion, PSNI investigations, and accountability. Today’s press conference held by the parents of Gerard Lawlor’s parents in response to the report by an independent panel who examined the case of their son’s murder in 2002 raised all of these issues. We await a […]

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Launch of Findings of Gerard Lawlor Inquiry

GERARD LAWLOR COMMUNITY INQUIRY – REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS     WELCOMING REMARKS   On behalf of the family and friends of Gerard Lawlor, I would like to welcome you all here this morning to present the findings of this report.   After 10 years of engagement with all of the agencies of the state who had […]

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Coroner Dismisses Attorney General and Denies Legacy Inquests

Coroner John Leckey this morning questioned the powers of the North’s most senior legal figure, Attorney General John Larkin, concerning his power to reopen legacy inquests.   The shock announcement was made at a preliminary inquest hearing at May’s Chambers when coroner John Leckey read out a brief statement to the court saying that he […]

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RFJ women plan trip to Dublin

On Monday morning 16 women from RFJ will be travelling to contribute to a conference on Women Peace and Security organised by Feminist organisationHannah’s House. They will meet with President Higgins who will be delivering the keynote address. All of these women have been violently bereaved during our conflict. They have much to contribute to […]

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Family of Gerard Gibson speak exclusively to BBC about their court challenge

Please follow this link to see BBC journalist Vincent Kearney’s item on the challenge by the family of Gerard Gibson to the HET’s lack of independence and effectiveness http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-20128699

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Family of 16yr old victim of British army bring HET to Court

Statement by the family of 16 year-old Gerard Gibson who was killed by the British army on July 11th 1972 concerning application to the High Court seeking leave by way of Judicial Review to challenge the PSNI’s Historical Enquiries Team (HET) on their failure to effectively and independently examine Gerard’s killing. Relatives for Justice is […]

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RFJ’s Mark Sykes speaking on Collusion last night in Armagh

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More Evidence of the British State Arming Loyalism

Today’s Guardian has an exclusive piece by Ian Cobain drawing on his research involving Relatives for Justice. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/oct/15/uk-arms-northern-ireland-loyalist-massacre Relatives for Justice was the first organisation to link the 1987 shipment of weaponry to loyalism with the massive increase in killings by loyalist actors. In the seminal work Collusion 1990-1994 the victims of these weapons are […]

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Welfare Reform Bill – what an insult

David Cameron’s words today trying to persuade that the proposed welfare reform bill is some kindness from those who know about welfare dependency are nothing short of sickening. No mention whatsoever has been made of those who live in an area devastated by conflict. People who through no fault of their own were abandoned after […]

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Lies, Cover Up and Pay Offs – Concern for Human Rights

Speaking tonight in light of the Audit Report on the rehiring of RUC into the PSNI Director of Relatives for Justice Mark Thompson has made the following statement: ‘Relatives for Justice have been engaged in a number of FOI requests concerning the re-employment of former RUC officers who retired under Patten with very generous severance […]

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HET show fundamental flaws – again

The HET report into the murders of Jack and Kevin McKearney in 1992 highlight a fundamental problem with the approach of the HET Individualising murders into singular criminal cases will never interrogate the outstanding gross human rights violation that is collusion By producing a report that acknowledges the destruction of key and vital evidence by […]

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Belfast City Council Insult Victims of State Violence – Again

Belfast City Council’s plans to erect a memorial to those who carried out Operation Banner is another insult from this council to many of the citizens of Belfast bereaved and injured by the British state and its agents. Relatives for Justice learned last night of the “consultation” by Belfast City Council to find the most […]

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Remembering Quilt in Kennedy Centre Belfast

Relatives for Justice staff erected the Remembering Quilt in the Kennedy Centre today as part of Féile an Phobail. The response has been fantastic from shoppers and passers by. It will be on display all through Féile  

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Families of IRA Volunteers call on British government to come clean on Shoot-to-Kill

A copy of the full statement by the families released today in Relatives for Justice offices: Families of IRA Volunteers call on British government to come clean on Shoot-to-Kill We, the families of Peter Clancy, Sean O’Farrell, Patrick Vincent, and my own brother Barry O’Donnell, killed in a pre-planned, pre-meditated SAS shoot-to-kill ambush on February […]

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Claudy comments contribute to broader debate on the past

Martin McGuinness’s comments in relation to Claudy are unambiguous and rightly forthright. They make a very important contribution to the need to deal with our collective past and we would hope that they in someway assist healing the hurts of those bereaved and injured. That past involved three key sets of protagonists each responsible for […]

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Reconciliation and Redressing the Past

Considering that the duty of every State under international law to respect and to secure respect for human rights requires that effective measures should be taken to combat impunity, Aware that there can be no just and lasting reconciliation unless the need for justice is effectively satisfied, Equally aware that forgiveness, which may be an […]

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BBC broadcast RFJ discovery of secret documents

A link to tonights BBC Newsline where the RFJ discovery of MoD secret documents proves state policy of impunity for state killings http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-18498301#?utm_term=BBC&utm_content=Newsline&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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State Impunity Was Official Policy

Relatives for Justice Press Release – Monday June 18th 2012 Unearthed official British government document from July 1972 shows evidence of impunity for killings carried out by British soldiers (download document here) The document is of a July 10th 1972 strategic government and security meeting at Stormont Castle involving the Secretary for State William Whitelaw […]

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Use of Plastic Bullets will fuel Racial Tensions

Press Notification – Policing and Plastic Bullets – Press Notification Press Conference in House of Commons “Use of Plastic Bullets will fuel Racial Tensions” A press conference will be held this Thursday 21st June 9am -10am in Room C, House of Commons 1 Parliament Street, London SW1A calling for a ban on the use of […]

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40th Anniversary of the Killing of Martha Campbell

Anniversary of the Killing of Martha Campbell Walking Martha’s Steps Monday 14th May 7pm, Corpus Christi Chapel On 14th May 1972 13yr old Martha Campbell went to 7pm Mass. After Mass Martha and her friend made their way up Springhill Avenue to visit another friend who lived in Springhill Crescent. Before reaching their friend’s house […]

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Stephen McConomy Remembered

The family of 11 yr old Stephen McConomy killed by a plastic bullet in April 1982 are to mark the 30th anniversary of his killing this Thursday in Derry. Stephen’s brother Emmet is interviewed in this article in the Derry Journal http://www.derryjournal.com/news/local/remembering-stephen-11-shot-by-british-army-1-3733097  

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Disappointment at Baggott’s Recommendation

05/04/2012 It is with disappointment that Relatives for Justice have heard today’s news from the Policing Board. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary being invited by the Chief Constable to examine the issues surrounding the Historical Enquiries Team causes further concern rather than assuages it. The HMIC is not an independent body. One indication of the […]

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RFJ Director Addresses Congress

Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson gave evidence to the Helsinki Commission of the United States Congress Below is the link to the video of this evidence http://player.vimeo.com/video/39205410?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0 The following is the text of the submission entered into the record Submitted Testimony to the Helsinki Commission US Congressional Hearing (March 22nd 2012) by Mr. Mark Thompson, […]

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Article by RFJ Deputy Director in this month’s Hannah’s House EZine

An article by yours truly in this month’s republican feminist organisation Hannah’s House ezine examines the potential practical application of an action plan on UN resolution 1325 if it were applied on both sides of the border.  http://www.hannashouse.ie/PDFs/ezine_march.pdf

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Relatives for Justice New Belfast Home

March has been an exciting month with the move of the Belfast office of RFJ to 39 Glen Road BT11 8BB. We now have accessible premises for all of our members – much larger space for activities and meetings and better space for staff. On International Women’s Day two signs went up on our new […]

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Sadness as Donald Payne dies

It is with great sadness that Relatives for Justice learned of the passing of Donald Payne today. Not only has the American, African American and Irish American community lost a friend and advocate – so has Ireland and her people. Congressman Payne was a public representative who became a friend of Ireland and the Irish […]

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RFJ recruitment

This Process is now closed RFJ wish to appoint 2 Transitional Legacies Project Workers. This is a trans-generational programme aimed at addressing the lived effects of conflict related trauma. The programme is funded by Special Programme for Peace and Reconciliation “Peace III” For further information or to request an application pack please contact our Dungannon […]

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Family Pack Launch

Relatives for Justice held a very successful launch of our new family pack in Falls Library today. Junior Minister at OFMdFM Martin Anderson MLA, did the honours and along with Ballymurphy Massacre relative Carmel Quinn, Family Support Co-ordinator Pauline Fitzpatrick, Director Mark Thompson and RFJ sessional therapist Bríd Keenan, over 60 families gave the new […]

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Cameron decision not to hold public enquiry into Pat Finucane’s death

John Finucane talking on Irish Radio Network USA Finucane decision will leave doubts and concerns over case: Corey (thedetail.tv) John Finucane, Mark Thompson and Mike Nesbitt on Radio Ulster (clip begins at 1:36:30) Pat Finucane review: Woodward calls Cameron meeting ‘crass and cruel’ (BBC) Finucane family set the record straight (14th October, 2011) (YouTube)

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Pat Finucane’s Family set the record straight Friday 14th Oct 2011

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Amnesty International Statement on Downing Street Finucane Debacle

An Excellent Statement from Amnesty International Tonight http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?NewsID=19748 thedetail.tv: Finucane decision will leave doubts and concerns over case: Cory

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Statement from Clara Reilly following meeting between Finucane family and British prime minister

Statement from Relatives for Justice Chairperson Clara Reilly following today’s meeting between the Finucane family and the British prime minister David Cameron ‘I knew Pat Finucane personally and over many years worked closely with him in supporting families who experienced bereavement and injury during the conflict. ‘Pat was a man of great integrity and believed passionately […]

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Geraldine Finucane’s anger shared

Clara Reilly’s statement on the Downing Street Debacle this lunchtime outlines the necessary steps that must be taken by the Irish Government to hold their British counterparts to account on their disgraceful treatment of the family of Pat Finucane. It is measured and sensible in approach. It cannot convey the deep hurt and anger that […]

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“Dealing with the Past” is ignoring our present

On the eve of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s discussions with the family of murdered human rights lawyer Pat Finucane it is worth looking at the current landscape for victims of the conflict. On Saturday night RFJ Chairperson Clara Reilly was honored with the Sean McBride Human Rights Award in Philadephia. Full recognition was given […]

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Congressman Chris Smith statement

Read the statement from Congressman Chris Smith.

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Securing the peace

Read the speech made by Clara Reilly made after accepting the Sean MacBride award from the AOH at the National President’s Dinner in Philadelphia. Congressman Chris Smith, who attended as the main speaker also sent a letter in recognition of Clara’s work.

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Finucane family to meet British Prime Minister

Members of the Finucane family are due to meet the British Prime Minister David Cameron and NI Secretary of State Owen Paterson at No.10 Downing Street on Tuesday, 11 October 2011, to discuss the Government’s position on an inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane in Belfast in 1989.  Speaking ahead of the meeting, Geraldine […]

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RFJ USA – a new beginning for sustainable support

Relatives for Justice have had many visitors to its offices and projects down the years. They often come and offer support and assistance – motivated by hearing the experiences of the member sof Relatives for Justice. Every year RFJ receives donations from some of those, who have become firm friends. This support has meant that […]

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Jesse Jackson to launch RFJ in US as victims’ voices are heard

THE Reverend Jesse Jackson is to open a new chapter in the history of victims’ champion Relatives for Justice after the group was cleared to work and raise funds in the United States. The official launch of RFJ US takes place in New York on September 22 at the Prince George Ballroom near Madison Square Garden. […]

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Ford Must Act on Ombudsman Report

PRESS RELEASE… PRESS RELEASE… PRESS RELEASE… Mark Thompson, Director of Relatives for Justice, has released the following statement today: “I have this morning read the report by Barry McCaffrey on http://www.thedetail.tv/issues/22/cji-report-into-ombudsman/ombudsman-loses-staff-trust-over-withheld-intelligence “As the Director of an organisation which provides support to victims of the conflict from across the community, affected by all actors, including those […]

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Plastic Bullets are NEVER a Solution

Press Release Statement by Clara Reilly, Chairperson Relatives for Justice and United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets: The debate following the serious disorder in London and other cities in England this week has including a debate of possible weaponry could be employed by police. The calls for the deployment of water cannon and plastic bullets have […]

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Féile an Phobail Opening Parade with RFJ Youth Group

RFJ’s Youth Group turned out this afternoon dressed up to the nines (well as clowns) and lo and behold UTV Live feature our gang very prominently onthe news – not least our Aine (dressed as a clown too…) behind Mayor Niall O Donnghaile as he is being interviewed. http://www.u.tv/News/West-Belfast-parties-at-the-F%C3%A9ile/5f6b9ba8-ba31-4e10-b555-e665ece5c28f Between that and the launch of […]

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RFJ welcomes prestigious visitors from US

Pat and Liam Quinn, the brothers of Frank Quinn killed in Ballymurphy Massacre, Seamus Finucane the brother of murdered human right lawyer Pat Finucane, Jim McCabe the widower of Norah McCabe, killed by an RUC plastic bullet and RFJ Director Mark Thompson and Chairperson Clara Reilly meet with Senator Hancock and Mayor Bates this afternoon […]

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RFJ Youth Group to unveil new Plastic Bullet Mural

This Wednesday the annual plastic bullet vigil will take place at 6pm at the site of the former Andersonstown Barracks. This event remembers those killed by plastic bullets and those injured who, with their carers, live with the effects of life diminishing injuries. It is also a space to renew the call for a ban […]

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Plastic Bullets Not the Solution

Speaking today after the UVF attack on nationalists and the firing of plastic bullets by the PSNI in East Belfast last night Chairperson of Relatives for Justice Clara Reilly said: “I believe that there is a degree of shock in our entire community today after the events in East Belfast last night. “A sustained sectarian […]

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CAJ report on PONI

http://www.u.tv/News/NIO-interfered-in-Ombudsman-role/e48c472d-171e-492d-94b2-afcb45dc8f2e Link to Tonight’s UTV Live Report on CAJ Report on PONI – more on this later

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UDR Memorial in Lisburn

Statement from Mark Thompson, Director of Relatives for Justice concerning the UDR statue unveiled today in Lisburn ‘The role of the UDR in the conflict has alway been clouded in controversy not least that regiment’s direct links to loyalism. Hundreds of its members have been involved in loyalist activity including murder and many nationalists rightly […]

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New Friendships on long road to justice

Today the families affected by the Loughinisland Massacre in County Down with RFJ met the families affected by Bloody Sunday in Derry. They shared stories of the long and difficult personal journeys to justice which they have all been forced to walk and offered each other on going solidarity and friendship. The picture above shows […]

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Solidarity and Courage in Derry

For some families violently bereaved during our conflict the overwhelming isolation which came after an event became one of the most difficult issues to live with. For some families it was an isolation because of the actual experience, for others it was the geographic isolation. For many it was a combination of both. One of […]

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Conflicting and Disturbing Evidence at Smithwick Hearing

The Smithwick Tribunal, the inquiry set up by the Irish government into the killing of two RUC officers in South Armagh in 1989 by the IRA on their way back from a meeting with the Garda in Dundalk, heard today from a former RUC Assistant Constable, giving evidence from behind a screen, that the two […]

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Images from Slane Family Press Conference 9th June 2011

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Teresa Slane calls on Cameron to cooperate fully with Inquest

Speaking at this mornings press conference announcing that Attorney General has order a new inquest into the 1988 murder of Gerard Slane, Teresa Slane Gerard’s  widow accompanied by two of her  her children, Gerard Jnr and Catriona, and Gerard’s brother and sisters has called on British Prime Minster David Cameron to cooperate fully with the inquest; In […]

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Slane Family Statement issued today

The Attorney General (AG) has ordered a fresh inquest into the 1988 murder of Gerard Slane. The development has come after lawyers acting for the family, Kevin R Winters & Co, made submissions to the AG several months ago. The loyalist terror group the UDA/UFF murdered Gerard Slane, father of three, in 1988 at his […]

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Attorney General orders new inquest into murder of Gerard Slane

Brian Nelson and Force Research Unit played key role in the murder The SLANE FAMILY, KEVIN WINTERS & CO, & RELATIVES FOR JUSTICE (RFJ) WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE THIS MORNING 11AM @ CAJ OFFICES QUEEN ST BELFAST The Attorney General (AG) has ordered a fresh inquest into the 1988 murder of Gerard Slane. The […]

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Civil case by injured man exposing BA

In the second day of the civil case being brought by a man injured by the British army in Coalisland in 1992 when four other men were killed, a British army eye witness has been cross examined over apparent inconsistencies. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-13700169 The families of Kevin Barry O’Donnell, Peter Clancy, Patrick Vincent and Seán O’Farrell who […]

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Time to deal with our past

Today’s statement by Gerry Adams and information on how former members of the IRA participated in the Smithwick Inquiry are very important. Everyone should read it carefully http://www.sinnfein.ie/contents/20825. During the consultation on how we deal with the past or the “Eames Bradley” consultation Relatives for Justice suggested an independent process that held private hearings so […]

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Death of Sally McErlean

Press Release on the death of RFJ member Sally McErlean mother of Thomas McErlean killed by Michael Stone in Miltown Cemetery attack March 16th 1988 Speaking on news of Sally’s death RFJ Director Mark Thompson said; ‘Sally McErlean was a valued member of Relatives for Justice and for many years we supported her in her […]

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State sidestepped collusion

During the conflict the pattern of state murder was to ensure that the State’s story was the first story and therefore the story that would be remembered. Getting their story in first was the policy of the day. Disinformation, excuse and cover up accompanied state killings as a matter of course. Young girls shot dead […]

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Rosemary Nelson Report must be read in full and lessons learned

Today’s final report on the murder of human rights solicitor Rosemary Nelson must be read carefully and diligently by all with an interest in human rights. It is extremely unfortunate that so many reports – including the BBC – are carrying the banner headline No Collusion. What is immediately evident with even a cursory glance […]

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Supreme Court Victory

Relatives for Justice welcomes the decision in London’s Supreme Court today on the cases of Martin McCaughey and Dessie Grew – below is the statment from the Families’ solicitors Madden and Finucane Solicitors Supreme Court Victory for Families of State Killings 18 May 2011 — The Families of Martin McCaughey and Dessie Grew, killed by […]

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Welcome Support from US friends

All those interested in President Obama’s visit to Ireland and those interested in the strength of the peace process here will be interested in these words from the US President of the AOH. RFJ sure welcomes this intervention and hopes that there will be movement on it. When he was here Human Rights Stalwart Jesse […]

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New Assembly Term Must Deliver to Victims of the Conflict

Last week’s elections have been decided. They have been analysed, dissected and reflected upon. Now the challenges that have perhaps been put on the long finger must be addressed. For Relatives for Justice and our members these challenges include how victims of the conflict’s needs will be supported in the long term. These are not […]

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Press Release…. Press Release…. Press Release…. Press Release…. PSNI “Equipment” Goes South Reports that the PSNI will lend An Garda Síochána “equipment” for the upcoming visit by Elizabeth Windsor to the South of Ireland will raise concerns for human rights during that period. Speaking in advance Relatives for Justice Chairperson Clara Reilly has said: “PSNI […]

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PSNI Equipment going South

Reports that the PSNI will lend An Garda Síochána “equipment” for the upcoming visit by Elizabeth Windsor to the South of Ireland will raise concerns for human rights during that period. PSNI equipment currently includes plastic bullets which are used by the PSNI in crowd control situations. This is of course against the rules dictating […]

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PONI appointment does not address concerns

Today’s announcement of the appointment of Tony McCusker to carry out the Dept of Justice investigation into the concerns raised by Sam Pollock’s resignation from the Police Ombudsman’s office last week, will not have reassured those who are concerned. The issues of compromise of independence and interference from the Dept of Justice and civil servants […]

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Ombudsman Crisis – Independence critical

 The resignation of Sam Pollock from the Office of the Police Ombudsman raises significant and serious concerns. The independence and rigour of oversight of the new Police Service is a critical issue. It is an issue of government and political party agreement on new policing arrangements. It is an issue of compliance with Article […]

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Jesse Jackson | BBC & RTÉ

Click here to listen to a clip from the BBC Radio programme, which was broadcast on Sunday 20th March. The show featured Jesse Jackson, Clara Reilly, Alan McBride, Raymond McCord and Mark Thompson speaking about Jesse Jackson’s visit to Belfast and Relatives for Justice’s Remembering Quilt. The interview clip begins approximately 34:30 minutes into the […]

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Equality for all victims

Speaking in relation to the DUP intention for a Bill before the Assembly seeking to change the definition of a victim Relatives for Justice Chairperson Clara Reilly said; ‘There needs to be equality for all victims of the conflict. The DUP are yet again seeking to manipulate people’s trauma and play politics with victims and […]

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Ford asked; ‘Will RUC Reservist involved in Loughinisland murders benefit from twenty-million pound handout?’

Relatives for Justice Director, Mark Thompson, has today written to the Justice Minister David Ford MLA seeking clarity as to whether or not the former RUC Reservist at the centre of the Police Ombudsman’s report into the Loughinisland murders which claimed the lives of six people is eligible to benefit from the twenty-million pound handout […]

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Wikileaks communications underline need for inquiry

The publication of the Wikileaks communications underlines the need for a transparent independent inquiry into the murder of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane. The fact that the British Government want to control the flow of information concerning one of the most controversial killings of the conflict demonstrates the level of direct involvement at the highest […]

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Everybody has a story to tell

“Everybody has a story to tell. We want all the stories told and we want them told to the world…” These words formed part of the opening statement by Monsignor Raymond Murray at the very first meeting or Relatives for Justice on Saturday April 20th 1991. Twenty years later Relatives for Justice still represents families […]

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High Court Supports Shoot to Kill Families Right to Truth

27th May 2010 PRESS RELEASE High Court Supports Shoot to Kill Families Right to Truth Statement issued by Relatives for Justice on behalf of the families affected by the RUC’s shoot to kill policy. Speaking on behalf of the families Tommy Carroll, brother of Roddy Carroll said: “We families welcome today’s strong judgement by Justice […]

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Judicial Review of the killing of Nora McCabe

Tuesday 27th April 2010 Judicial Review of killing of Nora McCabe exposes lies and DPP failure to prosecute senior officers for perjury Speaking after this morning’s judgement by the Belfast High Court Jim McCabe, the husband of Nora McCabe killed by a plastic bullet fired by an RUC patrol July 9th 1981, said; ‘The official […]

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Up-date reports from Coroners Court Belfast

Thursday 17th September 2009 Preliminary inquest hearings into the murder of 76 year-old Roseanne Mallon, murdered by the UVF in an attack on her home on the outskirts of Dungannon Co Tyrone in May 1994 and which also left Mrs. Bridget Mallon wounded, and the death of US citizen John Hemsworth who died several months […]

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RFJ Statement re PSNI harassment of Martin Mallon

Relatives for Justice statement concerning the PSNI harassment of one of our Board of Directors Mr. Martin Mallon from County Tyrone. Thursday August 20th 2009 Yesterday one of our members Mr. Martin Mallon, who also sits on our organisations Board of Directors, was stopped while traveling towards the Ballygalwley roundabout by the PSNI and had […]

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RFJ statement concerning the PSNI harassment

Relatives for Justice statement concerning the PSNI harassment of one of our Board of Directors Mr. Martin Mallon from County Tyrone Thursday August 20th 2009 Yesterday one of our members Mr. Martin Mallon, who also sits on our organisations Board of Directors, was stopped while traveling towards the Ballygalwley roundabout by the PSNI and had […]

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Press Release by Mark Thompson 20/02/2009

Statement from Mark Thompson Director of Relatives for Justice concerning today’s suspended sentences to PSNI civilian worker and Randalstown loyalist Aaron Hill and his associate Randalstown UVF member Darren ‘Bubbles’ Richardson. Richardson was arrested in April 2007 at his workplace Wright Bus Ballymena whilst in possession of a quantity of ammunition and 117 personal details […]

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Letter to ATN

Letter to the Andersonstown News Paper regarding the Editorial about the suggesting that it would be wrong to counter-protest against the MoD march through Belfast City Centre – letter was published in the edition of the paper on Thursday 30th October 2008. Editor Letters Page ATN A Chara – Last Thursday’s editorial reflects the mature, […]

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IAUC Welcomes Statement from Obama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE IAUC WELCOMES STATEMENT FROM OBAMA; REFLECTS ON 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE AND THE ROAD AHEAD Contact: Kate McCabe, National President, 734.657.2436 October 13, 2008—The IAUC welcomes Senator Obama’s responses to the joint IAUC/AOH/LAOH questionnaire on Irish issues.  The questionnaire, which was submitted to both Presidential candidates, was truly a collaborative effort and the […]

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Set Hugh Orde Free

Responding to Hugh Orde’s interview with Liam Clarke in this week’s Sunday Times (06/04/08) Deputy Director of Relatives for Justice Andrée Murphy released the following statement “The article makes very interesting reading for many reasons. In particular the large part of the article pertaining to his force’s responsibility for dealing with the past. “There were […]

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Death of Emma Groves

2nd April 2007 Death of Emma Groves It is with great sadness that the United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets, and Relatives for Justice, have learned of the death of our friend and founder member Emma Groves following a brief illness. Emma Groves, the mother of 11 children, was struck by a rubber bullet in the […]

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Appointment of Victims Commissioner

09th November 2006 Appointment of Victims Commissioner “Unlawful and Discriminate” Speaking today following the judgment by Mr Justice Girvan on the challenge by Mrs Brenda Downes to the appointment of Mrs Bertha McDougall to the post of Victims Commissioner Mrs Brenda Downes said: “Justice has prevailed. The appointment was a clear violation of Section 76. […]

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Disgust at RIR pay-off – repugnant and offensive

09th March 2006 Disgust at RIR pay-off – repugnant and offensive Relatives of people killed and injured by the British army have reacted with anger at today’s announcements by British Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram, regarding the severance packages being offered to members of the UDR/RIR. Speaking on behalf of Relatives for Justice, a support […]

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The ‘Godfathers’ of loyalism

04th March 2006 The ‘Godfathers’ of loyalism The ‘Godfathers’ of loyalism are the Special Branch and Military Intelligence This past week has witnessed revelations relating to state agents that in any other society would have surely toppled police chiefs, ministers and possibly governments. It is now without question that RUC/PSNI Special Branch was running and […]

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New revelations by senior PSNI officers

02nd March 2006 New revelations emerged on Friday in relation to the murders of two teenagers, David McIlwaine and Andrew Robb, on February 19th 2000 in Tandragee by a number of known UVF members. The revelations centre on the initial police investigation into the double murder whereby senior-investigating officers at the time consistently told the […]

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Agent White Exposed, British Dirty Tricks Exposed

04th February 2006 Agent White Exposed, British Dirty Tricks Exposed Speaking on revelations that convicted loyalist murderer and UDA/UFF leader John White is a paid Special Branch agent Relatives for Justice have called for an independent inquiry into the murderous activities of RUC/PSNI Special Branch agents. We pose the question – just how many lives […]

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Campaign Welcomes IRA Statement

29th July 2005 The much welcomed statement from the IRA outlining its future will raise many questions for the other actors to the conflict and the potential role they must play to ensure a lasting peace settlement. While there is no doubt the IRA has/d significant armoury at its disposal the British government has many […]

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Response to PSNI

28th April 2005 The family of Neil Mc Conville, shot dead by the PSNI on April 29th 2003, will visit the Policing Board Headquarters in Belfast on Friday 29th April at 11.00am to hand in a report on the killing for all its 19 members. In a statement prior to Friday the family Neil Mc […]

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Albert Reynolds to join victims of British State violence

April 15th 2005 Former Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds, will attend a press conference with Relatives for Justice at the Europa Hotel Belfast on Monday 18th April at 11:00am to publicly launch a conference programme on State Violence – State the Truth by Relatives for Justice to be held on Saturday April 30th. Speaking in advance of […]

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Relatives for Justice respond to Paul Murphy

1st March 2005 Mark Thompson, Director of Relatives for Justice, said: ‘Today’s announcement by Paul Murphy regarding an appointment of a ‘Victims’ Commissioner’ is a matter of policy and therefore comes under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act. ‘Paul Murphy has a Statutory Duty to consult with all those affected and on whose behalf […]

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Call on British Government

1st December 2004 Relatives for Justice Chairperson, and founder of the United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets, Clara Reilly has called on the British government to ‘go the extra mile’ and ban the use of plastic bullets. The call follows comments made by PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde who today signaled that the PSNI would not […]

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ASBO Order against NIO minister

2nd September 2004 A symbolic Anti Social Behaviour Order is to issued tomorrow (Friday) against NIO Minister John Spellar MP to mark the 12th anniversary of the murder of N. Belfast teenager Peter Mc Bride. The actual anniversary is on Saturday but protesters will gather on Friday at the Duncairn Avenue entrance to Girdwood British […]

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Address by Clara Reilly : Belfast Waterfront Hall

Press Release – Friday 14th May 2004 Belfast Waterfront Hall Children and Young Persons Rights and Advocacy in Times of Conflict and Transition Address by Clara Reilly Chairperson of Relatives for Justice and founder member of the United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets. Rubber and plastic bullets were first introduced into the North of Ireland in […]

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IMC Report

Press Release 23/04/2004 Responding to the contents of the IMC Report Mark Thompson said: “RFJ have noted that the full cooperation of the PSNI and the British intelligence community in providing the documentation that in essence is the IMC report. This full cooperation comes at a time when numerous families from across the community affected […]

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Coroner accepts

Press release: 16th March 2004 Coroner accepts ‘systemic’ flaws in inquests system citing need for public inquiry. Speaking immediately after today’s preliminary hearing into the killings of 10 people in Co. Tyrone over a decade ago Relatives for Justice spokesperson, and nephew of Roseanne Mallon, Martin Mallon said: ‘This is the 16th preliminary hearing that […]

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In response to Desmond Rea

Press release: February 18th 2004 Speaking in response to comments by Policing Board Chairperson Prof. Desmond Rea on dealing with our past Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson said: ‘We welcome Mr. Rea’s comments on the general debate around the need to collectively and comprehensively deal with our past that has been on-going now for […]

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RUC destroyed vital evidence in shoot-to-kill operation

RUC destroyed vital evidence in shoot-to-kill operation May 20th 2003 At a preliminary inquest hearing today in Dungannon into the killings of 4 men at Clonoe, 3 men at Coagh, both by the SAS, and 76 year-old pensioner Roseanne Mallon at Dungannon also by loyalists, a detective from PSNI told the court that vital documents […]

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Cautious welcome to plastic bullet story

United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets 235a Falls Road Belfast BT12 4PE 3rd April 2003 Press statement. Cautious welcome to plastic bullet story In response to a story, as yet unconfirmed, reported from BBC newsrooms today, Relatives for Justice has been made aware that the British Government are to phase out plastic bullets by the end […]

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On The Runs

Statement from RFJ Director Mark Thompson Thursday 27th February 2003 “On The Runs” Debate needs to be broadened ‘The current debate around particular actions during the conflict regarding those described as ‘on the runs’ (OTR’s) is in danger of creating a singular focus and thus inadvertently denying the experience of victims of other protagonists to […]

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Response to the Police Ombudsman

Attention Press Notification Tomorrow, Thursday 30th May 2002, at 11am, in the Relatives for Justice Office, 235a Falls Road, Belfast, The United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets will release their full written response to the Police Ombudsman’s report on the use of plastic bullets 2001/02. A number of eye witnesses and injured from the incidents mentioned […]

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British attempting to cover-up killings

British attempting to cover-up killings Press Release 18th November 2002 On Tuesday 19th of November 2002 another preliminary hearing into the scheduling of four inquests surrounding the killings of 4 men at Clonoe, 3 men at Coagh, both by the SAS, 2 men by loyalists in Moy and 76 year-old pensioner Roseanne Mallon at Dungannon […]

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An open letter to John Reid MP

An open letter to; Secretary of State Dr. John Reid MP October 2nd 2002 Dear John a chara, Since the introduction of the new plastic bullet, June 01, there has been growing concern at the indiscriminate use by both the PSNI and the British army of this lethal weapon resulting in numerous injuries. In addition […]

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Next Plastic Bullet fatality only a matter of time.

2nd September 2002 – Next Plastic Bullet fatality only a matter of time United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets Chairperson of the United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets Clara Reilly today issued the following appeal: “Last Wednesday night – 28th August a number of young people were shot and injured with plastic bullets in the Short Strand […]

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British Government Apology Insufficient

17th July 02 – “British Government Apology Insufficient” Following yesterday’s statement by the IRA, Relatives For Justice has received several requests from the media regarding its position vis à vis an apology from the British government for its actions during the conflict. In light of this Relatives for Justice has released the following statement. Relatives […]

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Campaign welcomes legal action on Plastic Bullets

8th July 2002 Campaign welcomes legal action on Plastic Bullets The United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets today welcomed the legal action on plastic bullets today lodged in the High Court by Peter Montgomery. The legal action is being taken against the PSNI and the MoD who were responsible for perpetrating the attack and the Police […]

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Relatives fear opportunity for truth is being suppressed and squandered.

Relatives fear opportunity for truth is being suppressed and squandered. 25th June 2002 Director of Relatives for Justice Mark Thompson has released the following statement: “Deep concern has been expressed by the relatives of people killed as a result of the British policy of collusion in Ireland by two announcements made this week in relation […]

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RFJ provides information to US Envoy Richard Haass

Press Release – 17th January 2002 Statement from Mark Thompson, Director Relatives for Justice, following RFJ visit to the US Consulate to provide information to US Special Envoy, Richard Haass, to the North of Ireland. Mr. Haass met political leaders and the members of the new Policing Board during his visit in a current drive […]

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Police Use Plastic Bullets by Proxy

14th November 2001 Police Use Plastic Bullets by Proxy Clara Reilly, Chairperson of the United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets said today: “The United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets noted with dismay the return of plastic bullets to the streets of North Belfast last weekend. We also noted that all plastic bullets fired were fired at nationalists […]

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Plastic bullet order act of defiance

Monday 12th November 2001 United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets 235a Falls Road, Belfast, BT12 4PE Tel: 028 90220100; Fax: 028 90220101; email: clara.reilly@relativesforjustice.com ‘Police Authority plastic bullet order act of defiance’ Statement from Clara Reilly Chairperson of the United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets. Mrs Reilly said: ‘The United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets strongly condemns the […]

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Magennis Appointment

Thursday 26th July 2001 ‘Magennis appointment to Human Right Commission would be akin to appointing George Bush the head of Greenpeace.’ RFJ Spokesperson Mark Thompson said: ‘It is incredulous to believe that someone like Ken Magennis has been short-listed as a possible Commissioner on the Human Rights Commission. There has been no one more vocally […]

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UCAPB Press Release

Wed 8th July 2001 United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets 235a Falls Road, Belfast, BT12 4PE Tel: 028 90220100; Fax: 028 90220101; email: clara.reilly@relativesforjustice.com Call on all district councils to follow Derry’s example on plastic bullets Clara Reilly, chairperson of the United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets today sent a message to all 26 district councils to […]

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Trimble remarks absolutely disgraceful!

Thursday, 5 July 2001 ‘Trimble remarks absolutely disgraceful!’ Relatives for Justice has called on the Ulster Unionist Party Leader, David Trimble, to immediately withdraw his deeply offensive comments following the brutal sectarian murder of Catholic youth, Ciaran Cummings. Mr. Cummings was gunned down yesterday morning while waiting for a lift to work in Co. Antrim. […]

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Bereaved and Injured to Launch Election Manifesto

Bereaved and Injured of Plastic Bullets to Launch Election Manifesto 15th May 2001 Tomorrow, 16th May 01 at 11.30am relatives of people killed and injured by plastic bullets will launch a manifesto for all political parties. This manifesto calls on political parties to support the calls for the ban on plastic bullets, particularly in light […]

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A Missed Opportunity

United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets 235a Falls Road Belfast BT12 4PE Tel: 028 90220100 Fax: 028 90220101 email: clara.reilly@relativesforjustice.com 2nd April 2001 “British Government Proposals a Missed Opportunity” Speaking following the British Secretary of State’s announcement yesterday that existing plastic bullets are not to be removed but replaced by a new alternative Clara Reilly, Chairperson […]

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both of whom were holding petrol bombs

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Chief Superintendent Crutchley

Officer A referred to heavy petrol bomb and stone attacks at the junction of Leeson Street and described how the petrol bombs “rained round us”.  The edited video film does not show the impact of any petrol bombs whether against the vehicles or on the roadway. 

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Officer C and Officer E

or lumps of bricks.

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Irish Minister walks in Solidarity with Ballymurphy Massacre Families

This afternoon the families of 11 civilians shot dead by the British army in August 1971 walked through Ballymurphy with their MP Gerry Adams and Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Míceál Martin. The families explained how their loved ones were killed with impunity over the course of 2 days and showed the minister firsthand the […]

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Ballymurphy Massacre Families walk of solidarity

This afternoon the families of 11 civilians shot dead by the British army in August 1971 walked through Ballymurphy with their MP Gerry Adams and Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Míceál Martin. The families explained how their loved ones were killed with impunity over the course of 2 days and showed the minister firsthand the […]

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Coroner questions MoD and PSNI on Gagging Orders concerning Collusion Killing of

Coroner questions MoD and PSNI on Gagging Orders concerning Collusion Killing of 76 yr old pensioner  Yesterday evening the family of Roseanne Mallon sat at the 35th preliminary inquest hearing into the death of their 76yr old aunt in May 1994.   This attack, observed by undercover British soldiers, and carried out by a UVF […]

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It’s Not The Guns, It’s The Truth! – Stupid

In the media maelstrom of last week the UPRG press conference announcing UDA/UFF decommissioning was somewhat overshadowed by affairs unfolding at the swish family Robison household and the pending implications. Like all big set pieces of the jigsaw over the past decade the UDA/UFF banked on capitalizing on their announcement seeking to use the opportunity […]

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Hearing was landmark on the road to truth

The relevance and importance of the need for continued U.S. involvement so as to seek a just peace in the North of Ireland was evident at the recent congressional subcommittee hearing on British state sponsored violence and collusion chaired by Congressman Bill Delahunt. Entered into the congressional record was the testimony of two families who […]

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Statement By John Magee of Relatives for Justice

The following statement is issued by North Belfast Relatives for Justice Board member John Magee concerning recruitment advertisements in the north of the city   The placing of this advertisement bill board within this community is completely outrageous, totally insensitive and above all an affront to the many families in this area affected by atrocities […]

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Letter from Ballymurphy Massacre Campaign

Speaking after the PSNI’s Historical Enquiries Team (HET) made direct contact with a number of eye-witnesses to the killings of 11 unarmed civilians over three days during internment from August 9th – 11th 1971 by the British army’s Parachute Regiment the families spokesperson Briege Voyle, who’s mother Joan Connolly was one of those deliberately shot […]

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Truth needed about who armed the loyalists

‘It was subsequently reported in London’s Private Eye that Nelson’s role in traveling to South Africa and purchasing the weapons for loyalists had been approved by a member of the British Cabinet at the time.’ ‘Loyalists were re-armed in late 1987 when MI5’s Force Research Unit (FRU) dispatched their agent Brian Nelson with the proceeds […]

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More stalling tactics by the PSNI into Inquest of SAS killings of two IRA Vols

Yet more stalling tactics by the PSNI into Inquest of SAS killings of two IRA Volunteers Speaking after this morning’s preliminary inquest hearing into the British army’s SAS killings of Martin McCaughey and Dessie Grew, Peter McCaughey, Brother of Martin, issued the following statement through Relatives for Justice (RFJ); ‘The families have already taken the […]

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Norman Tebit comments BBC Politics Show

Responding to comments made by former Tory minister Norman Tebit on the BBC’s Politics Show in which he hoped that the darkest, nastiest corner of hell could be reserved in which pain could be administered to those responsible for the Brighton bomb rfj Chairperson Clara Reilly said: ‘Obviously Mr. Tebit is a deeply hurt individual […]

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Letter by one of RFJ

As a person affected by state violence in the north I take offence at the BBC’s compulsory poppy wearing policy/directive to its presenters. As do the overwhelming majority of nationalists and republicans within the north.   In a politically divided society, in which symbolism can often be at the heart of, the BBC has failed […]

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Opinion article for Belfast Media Group by RFJ Family Support Worker Mark Sykes

So there’s to be yet another concession to the DUP with twenty-million pounds for the part-time reserve of the PSNI, which is essentially the old RUC reserve, in the form of a ‘one off gratuity payment’. We have already had numerous initiatives benefiting the RUC such as the Patten Severance payments and eleven-million to the […]

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Libya and Collusion

As unionist calls for financial reparations from Libya goes into overdrive, the Director of Relatives for Justice is appealing to the families of nationalist and republican victims to keep their minds focused on uncovering the truth. Mark Thompson was speaking after a delegation of MPs from the North, including the DUP’s Nigel Dodds and Jeffrey […]

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1971 Massacre families speak out

Ballymurphy families forced to go public urging eye-witnesses to internment massacre to be ‘mindful not to undermine their efforts for independent investigation’ by engaging the PSNI’s Historical Enquiries Team (HET)   Speaking after the PSNI’s Historical Enquiries Team (HET) made direct contact with a number of eye-witnesses to the killings of 11 unarmed civilians over […]

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Statement By John Magee of Relatives for Justice

The following statement is issued by North Belfast Relatives for Justice Board member John Magee concerning recruitment advertisements in the north of the city   The placing of this advertisement bill board within this community is completely outrageous, totally insensitive and above all an affront to the many families in this area affected by atrocities […]

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Web of Deceit

Friday 24th July 2009 Web of deceit If the PSNI think that offering Mark Haddock up for some of the murders he was involved in is suffice to exonerate his Special Branch handlers or to defuse the campaign by families then they’re seriously mistaken. This issue, collusion, is a public interest matter of huge proportions. […]

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Deep Concern at Plastic Bullets Use in Ardoyne

Relatives for Justice wish to express its deep concern at the firing of numerous plastic bullets in North Belfast on Monday 13th July. We understand that the office of the Police Ombudsman is investigating the use of plastic bullets by the PSNI that night. Chairperson of Relatives for Justice Clara Reilly said today: “It is our […]

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Over 100 Relatives attend vigil at Belfast City Hall

Over 100 Relatives bereaved by the British army attend vigil at Belfast City Hall 24 hrs prior to City Hall flying British army flag.   Speaking at the vigil Mark Thompson of Relatives for Justice said;   ‘It is important that we gather here today in a dignified way to remember our loved ones who […]

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Ballymurphy Massacre Families Brief US Congressional Delegation in Belfast

Ballymurphy Massacre Families Brief US Congressional Delegation in Belfast This Morning   Pat Quinn, the brother of Frank Quinn, and John Taggert, the son of Danny Taggert, two of the 11 people murdered by the British Parachute Regiment in Ballymurphy on August 9th 1971 during internment, this morning held a one hour meeting with several […]

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Translink’s British Army Ad’s Offensive

Translink are currently carrying large recruitment adverts on the exterior of their buses for the British army’s RAF. Relatives for Justice, which represents the injured and families bereaved by the British army have released the following statement.   Speaking on the Translink adverts on bus routes throughout republican and nationalist Belfast Relatives for Justice Director […]

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20 Years on – Tiananmen Square and State Violence

It is only right that the world remembers the student led Pro- Democracy Movement and the struggle for social and human rights in China two decades ago this week. It is particularly important and fitting that we also remember those killed at Tiananmen Square.   The Chinese regime was visibly brutal in its crushing of […]

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Loyalist Decommissioning

Decommissioning welcomed but emphasis now needs to be on truth and dealing with the legacy of the conflict   Speaking on news that the UVF have began a process of decommissioning Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson said:   ‘Obviously this is breaking news in which there is, as yet, very little detail of the […]

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Relatives to Meet with Mayor Long

Relatives of people killed by the British army will meet Belfast Mayor Naomi Long tomorrow, Thursday at 2,30pm Clarendon Dock temporary offices of the  Mayor. The meeting will discuss Belfast City Council’s intention to fly the British army flag as part of ‘armed forces day’ and to discuss how the experience of British State violence […]

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Victims of State Violence Meet Belfast Mayor

Following their meeting with Belfast Mayor Naomi Long the relatives for people killed by State forces have released the following statement through Relatives for Justice; Speaking after the meeting Relatives for Justice Chairperson Clara Reilly said: ”This was an important and constructive meeting which we very much welcome and whereby the Mayor listened fully to […]

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Digital Archive

Digital Archive Relatives for Justice have been fortunate to be in receipt of the valuable documentation of the Association for Legal Justice and the United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets. This material has now been archived and digitally stored. This is with the primary purpose of allowing families affected by incidents mentioned in this documentation or […]

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Hain Fails in Bid to Overturn Unlawful Appointment In Court of Appeal

An appeal by the former Secretary of State Peter Hain MP to overturn a High Court ruling that the appointment of Bertha McDougall as an ‘Interim’ Victims Commissioner, that he made during his time as Secretary of State, was unlawful failed in Belfast’s Court of Appeal this morning.   In a ruling delivered by the […]

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Home Secretary decision on Hillsborough

Home Secretary decision on Hillsborough paves the way for collusion families – Responding to news that British Home Secretary Jaqui Smith MP has intervened to have secret files relating to the Hillsborough Disaster made public and available to the families of those bereaved Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson said: ‘RFJ have a long association […]

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Thirty years for teenage murders of David McIlwaine and Andrew Robb

Thirty years for teenage murders    A man has been jailed for at least 30 years for the murders of two teenagers in County Armagh nine years ago. 28-year-old Steven Leslie Brown, also known as Steven Revels, murdered teenagers David McIlwaine and Andrew Robb in February 2000. On Friday, the judge said they "ranked amongst […]

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Statement on Chief Constable’s decision to deploy Armed Forces

Relatives for Justice Families considering legal challenge to Chief Constable’s decision to deploy ‘special forces’   Speaking on news that the PSNI Chief Constable is to deploy ‘special forces’ Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson issued the following statement;   ‘The policy decision to deploy ‘special forces’ is a matter of policing policy and therefore, […]

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‘We want to know the truth’ – Interview with Martin Mallon

Interview with RFJ Board Memeber Martin Mallon By Chris Summers BBC News  Roseanne Mallon, a 76-year-old spinster, was one of more than 3,600 people killed during the Troubles. On Wednesday the Eames Bradley Report will include plans for dealing with the legacy of these deaths. You might expect a 76-year-old woman being shot dead as […]

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Ballymurphy Massacre Families to meet with SoS Shaun Woodward

Relatives of those killed by the British army and the RUC to meet with SoS Shaun Woodward MP at Hillsborough   The family of Pearse Jordan, unarmed IRA Volunteer killed by the RUC on November 25th 1992, and relatives of 11 civilians killed by the British Army’s Parachute Regiment during internment 1971 in Ballymurphy will […]

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RFJ’s Response to Shaun Woodward’s Statement

‘Woodward has capitulated to the backwoods men and political dinosaurs of unionism’ Speaking on today’s announcement by Shaun Woodward that the proposal of a one-off Recognition Payment to all the families of those bereaved as a result of the conflict is to be scrapped Relatives for Justice Chairperson Clara Reilly said; ‘Today’s decision by British […]

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Statement released by Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson

The following statement is released by Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson;   Focus of Eames/Bradley should be on the truth and not distractions In terms of the sensationalist focus by some media on families that may receive 12K, if these recommendations are indeed contained within the Eames/Bradley report, Relatives for Justice (RFJ) said that […]

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Martin McGuinness to join with McNally family to celebrate the life of Phelim

November 24th will mark the 20th anniversary of the murder of Phelim McNally who was shot dead by a loyalist death squad at his County Tyrone home on the Derrychrin Road just outside Ballinderry/Ardboe. This Sunday, 23rd November, the McNally family will hold a special open air Mass to remember and celebrate Phelim’s life, including […]

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British soldier bebo site ‘Kill all taigs’

The following statement has been made by Relatives for Justice concerning the content of Bebo websites belonging to serving British soldiers many of whom are returning, and have already returned, from Iraq and Afghanistan and who plan to march through Belfast this coming Sunday. Relatives of people killed by the British army, including people killed […]

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Article by Mark Thompson RFJ

In England there was a self imposed moratorium by the British army on home coming parades because of anti-war protests. In Ireland the British army is responsible for the use of lethal force, shoot-to-kill, the use of rubber and plastic bullets, collusion, internment and torture – all with official impunity. In Belfast we do not […]

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PSNI poppy

On Thursday morning October 24th PSNI members on foot patrol in West Belfast were sporting poppies from their police caps- Mark Thompson of Relatives for Justice who also happened to see the patrol outside Manscoil Feirste and the West Club on the main Falls Road said; ‘The poppy is a political statement and therefore should […]

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Victims Legislation in Stormont

Speaking on news of the withdrawal of legislation on Victims and Survivors at the Assembly Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson said:  In terms of the present legislation enabling four commissioners some unionists have sought to use this as an opportunity to redefine Victims and Survivors to create a hierarchy of victims over this past […]

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Dismay at Introduction of Tasers

The Chairperson of Relatives for Justice Clara Reilly speaking today on hearing the news of the PSNI “pilot” deployment of Tasers. “This is a black day for human rights in our post-conflict society. “Tasers, which deliver 50,000 volts of electricity, are clearly definable as a weapon of torture which violate international human rights agreements to […]

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Victims Groups Unite to call for Truth Commission

Today the following statement was jointly released by RFJ, the Pat Finucane Centre, Justice for the Forgotten, Ardoyne Commemoration Project, An Fhírinne,and Firinne at a press conference in Parliament Buildings Stormont. PRESS STATEMENT ON TRUTH COMMISSION We the undersigned organisations representing victims of the conflict believe that current investigatory, prosecutorial and judicial arrangements offer no […]

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Call To Relatives to Attend Truth Conference

Relatives for Justice, the Pat Finucane Centre, Justice for the Forgotten, An Fhírinne and the Ardoyne Commemoration project are holding a conference on truth this Saturday 1st December in St Mary’s College Falls Road.This conference “A Victim Centred Truth Commission” will launch these organisations’ view of what now needs to happen to ensure that truth […]

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Cross-Community Concern at More RUC Payments

Victims Groups question Assembly decision to push ahead for RUC Reserve payments The Shankill Stress &Trauma Group and Relatives for Justice, organisations working with and supporting people bereaved and injured during the conflict, have released the following statement on behalf  of people they support in response to yesterday’s Assembly decision to go it alone with […]

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Concerns about Victims Panel

Statement from Relatives for Justice concerning the announcement of a panel to consult on dealing with the past Director of Relatives for Justice Mark Thompson said: ‘Notwithstanding our respect for, and the individual integrity of, each panel member but the fact is that there is no one on the panel with any experience of human […]

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RFJ in Washington

A cross-community delegation of families are currently in Washington DC lobbying for US Government intervention on the policy of collusion and seeking a congressional fact-finding mission to Ireland. Mark Thompson, Clara Reilly, Raymond McCord snr, Paul McIlwaine, Theresa Slane, and Pauline Davey are bringing a message from hundreds of families affected by state and state sponsored […]

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INTV interview re Mrs McDougall’s Report

Listen to Relatives for Justice Director Mark Thompson speaking in response to the publication of the report by Mrs McDougall regarding future services for victims and survivors in the North of Ireland http://www.in.tv/view_video.php?viewkey=75e45bba028a21ed3804

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Plastic and Rubber Bullet families respond to statement by Hugh Orde

Plastic Bullet Families’ Respond to Orde Statement  Clara Reilly, chairperson of Relatives for Justice and the United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets has, on behalf of families, said this evening:  “Tonight’s latest statement of acknowledgement by the Chief Constable that plastic and rubber bullets did take innocent lives, including those of 9 children, is a very […]

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European Court of Human Rights Ruling

European Court Judgment Exposes British Policy of Systematic Cover-up about Human Rights Abuses in Ireland by the RUC and British Army Mark Thompson of RFJ said: 'On Tuesday 4th April 2000 the European Court of Human Rights heard from lawyers acting for the families of Gervaise McKerr, Pearse Jordan, killed by the RUC, Patrick Shanaghan […]

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New Plastic Bullets

PRESS RELEASE – 25th April 2001 Taoiseach's condemnation of new "more lethal" plastic bullets welcomed by victims. Clara Reilly, chairperson of the Campaign Against Plastic Bullets has welcomed the statement on plastic bullets by An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. He said: "The Government have grave reservations about the proposed introduction of a new form of plastic […]

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The Cost of a Living

The cost of a living – 01/03/01 Continuing our series in conjunction with Relatives For Justice, Anthony Neeson speaks to Jim Neeson about the service the West Belfast Taxi Association has provided over the past 30 years The story of the West Belfast Taxi Association is a story of men and women operating a unique […]

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RFJ to meet British Secretary of State

Relatives of victims of state violence to meet British Secretary of State A delegation from Relatives for Justice will today, Monday 23rd July 2001, hold its first ever meeting with a British Secretary of State. The RFJ delegation will meet John Reid at Castle Buildings today at 11am and will be available for comment prior […]

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Sense of Amnesia

There should not be a sense of amnesia about the actions of RUC and British army simply because they didn't serve prison sentences By Andree Murphy, full time voluntary worker with Relatives for Justice.  On Tuesday, 25th July the Independent ran an editorial on the subject of prison releases. As somebody who works with families […]

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The right to be educated

The rights of children to be educated is a fundamental human right guaranteed and enshrined in international law. It is the duty of state's and sovereign governments to ensure that this right is fully realised. The right to protest is also a human right. However, in the Holy Cross Primary School situation the right to […]

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USA Tragedy

Palestinians Grieve Over USA Tragedy With deep sorrow and profound grief we write this message to offer our heartfelt condolences to the mothers, fathers, children, friends and families of the thousands of innocent people who have been the victims of the terrorist attacks yesterday morning on the USA. We would like to reach out to […]

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Pearse Jordan Inquest

Press Release – 19th January 2002 Statement from Relatives for Justice spokesperson Mark Thompson on behalf of the family of Pearse Jordan. 'Today's decision on the Jordan Inquest fails to meet inquest requirements overall and is minimalist by not allowing juries to return verdicts that apportion culpability and guilt for killings. Yesterday's decision failed to […]

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Pat Finucane joint statement

Press Release – 5th February 2002 Joint statement from human rights NGOs on 13th anniversary of the killing of Pat Finucane – 12th February 1989 NO INQUIRY 13 YEARS LATER We, the undersigned international and national NGOs, deplore the UK Government's failure to initiate a public judicial inquiry into the full circumstances of the killing […]

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Roseanne Mallon

Statement from family of murdered pensioner Roseanne Mallon April 10th 2002 Following today's revelation in The Belfast Telegraph about the murder of Tyrone pensioner Roseanne Mallon and the injuring of Brigid Mallon in the same incident on May 8th 1994 the Mallon family have issued the following statement through Relatives for Justice. 'The evidence put […]

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Tribute to the McBride family

Press Release – 17 April 2002 'Relatives for Justice would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the McBride family for taking such a brave stand on behalf of Peter's memory and the moral victory they have achieved by highlighting the outrageous injustice done' Reacting to today's decision in the High Court rejecting […]

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Ombudsman

23rd May 2002 – Ombudsman’s report on plastic bullets merely perfunctory Speaking in advance of tomorrow's report by the Office of the Ombudsman into the use of plastic bullets spokesperson for the United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets, Clara Reilly, said: 'Tomorrow the Ombudsman will publish a report into the use of plastic bullets by the […]

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Survivors respond to Police Ombudsman report

United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets 235a Falls Road Belfast BT12 4PE 28th May 2002 Survivors respond to Police Ombudsman report on Plastic Bullets Following the publication of the Police Ombudsman’s report in to 7 uses of plastic bullets over a 12 month period the United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets has expressed its dismay. Clara Reilly […]

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Steven

Steven’s Report shows need for International Intervention on Collusion Relatives for Justice’s Mark Thompson’s comments regarding the media reports today on the soon to be published Steven’s report on collusion and the killing of Human Rights Lawyer Pat Finucane. This report confirms publicly what relatives of people killed as a result of collusion and Relatives […]

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Panorama highlights need for international intervention

Panorama Programme highlights need for international intervention on collusion Following a meeting with a number of relatives affected by the British Government’s policy of collusion this morning, Mark Thompson, Director of Relatives for Justice has released the following statement: “Aspects of tonight’s programme already in the public domain have once again confirmed the long-held view […]

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Relatives of victims of collusion point finger at chain of command.

Relatives of victims of collusion point finger at chain of command This morning, Monday 24th June over 200 relatives of victims of the British government’s death squads gathered in the Europa Hotel, Belfast. They delivered their verdict on the Panorama programmes, the final part of which was screened last night, and recent revelations regarding findings […]

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Inquests to open in Dungannon Monday 12 May 2003

Inquests to open in Dungannon Monday 12 May Press Notification Inquests into four separate incidents, two involving the SAS in pre-planned shoot-to-kill operations and two involving loyalists with strong evidence of collusion, are to open in Dungannon Court tomorrow morning 12/5/03 at 10.30am. All family members will be in attendance. Summary of incidents – In […]

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In response to the serialisation of loyalist killer Michael Stone’s book.

In response to the serialisation of loyalist killer Michael Stone's book. 23rd May 2003 Speaking in response to the recent serialisation of loyalist killer Michael Stone's book, and its early publication, some of the relatives directly bereaved by his actions have issued the following statement through Relatives for Justice. The fact that a multiple killer […]

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Widow demands to know if Nelson is Alive or Dead

Widow demands to know if Brian Nelson is Alive or Dead 3rd September 2003 The widow of Gerard Slane murdered by loyalists in September 1988 has demanded to know whether Brian Nelson– the paid British agent convicted of the conspiracy to murder her husband – is dead or alive. In April this year it was […]

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Relatives welcome Tyrone Coroner Decision

Relatives welcome Tyrone Coroner Decision 16th September 2003 Speaking on behalf of all of the families involved, Relatives for Justice spokesperson and sister of Pete Ryan, Ms Rosemary Ryan said: "The families welcome today's decision by the coroner Roger McLarnon to demand all documentation in relation to these killings be submitted to the court by […]

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PSNI and MoD in contempt of court

October 7th 2003 PSNI and MoD in contempt of court for failing to comply with Coroner’s ruling to provide material and video-tapes regarding SAS and loyalist killings The preliminary inquests into the killings of Tony Doris, Lawrence McNally, and Peter Ryan, on June 3rd 1991 by the SAS. The SAS killings of Kevin Barry O’Donnell, […]

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Plastic Bullets

10th December 2003 British Government must not renege on commitment to discontinue use of plastic bullets Speaking this evening on receiving a copy of the British Governments 'new' guidelines on the use of plastic bullets RFJ spokesperson Andree Murphy said: 'The British Government must not renege on a commitment given earlier this year during negotiations […]

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Tyrone Inquests

Families demand the right for full access to all documentation relating to collusion killings and SAS shoot-to-kill operations Speaking through Relatives for Justice immediately after this morning’s hearing at which it was announced that limited access to MoD and PSNI evidence would be made available, Christopher Mallon the nephew of Roseanne Mallon and spokesperson for […]

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House of Lords

Press release: February 2nd 2004 The House of Lords will today hear submissions from the legal team representing the family of Gervaise Mc Kerr on the retrospective nature of the May 01 European Court of Human Rights ruling that found the British Government in violation of Article 2 – the Right to Life. The ruling […]

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Trimble

Press release: February 2nd 2004 Editor – Letters page Speaking at a conference on international ‘terrorism’, Wednesday 28th January in Madrid, Mr. Trimble told the Associated Press news agency that ‘Human rights groups are complicit in murder’ As a person who has worked tirelessly promoting human rights, and as the Chairperson Relatives for Justice, I […]

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Jane Kennedy : London Conference

Press Release 04/02/2004 Jane Kennedy to use London Conference as back door for more plastic bullets Tomorrow the chairperson of Relatives for Justice, a support group for survivors of state and state sponsored violence, Clara Reilly and the group’ s Deputy Director Andree Murphy will be attending the International Law Enforcement Forum in Royal Society […]

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UN Petition on State Killings

Press release: February 11th 2004 Belfast Lord Mayor, international lawyers & Judges to support families launching petition to UN on state killings at Belfast City Hall Belfast Lord Mayor, Martin Morgan, international lawyer Ed Lynch, and New York Supreme Court Judge Patrick Henry are among a host of legal dignitaries and politicians that will join […]

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Plastic Bullets Claim Another Life

Press Release  – Plastic Bullets Claim Another Life Today with great sadness Clara Reilly, Chairperson of Relatives for Justice released the following statement in relation to the sudden death of Dominic Marron. "I first met Dominic in 1981. He was 14 years old and had been struck in the head with a plastic bullet by […]

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ASBO order against NIO minister to mark anniversary

Press release: 2nd September 2004 ASBO order against NIO minister to mark anniversary A symbolic Anti Social Behaviour Order is to issued tomorrow (Friday) against NIO Minister John Spellar MP to mark the 12th anniversary of the murder of N. Belfast teenager Peter Mc Bride. The actual anniversary is on Saturday but protesters will gather […]

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Call on British Government

Press release: 1st December 2004 Call on British Government ‘Go the extra mile ban plastic bullets’ Relatives for Justice Chairperson, and founder of the United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets, Clara Reilly has called on the British government to ‘go the extra mile’ and ban the use of plastic bullets. The call follows comments made by […]

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Relatives for Justice respond to Paul Murphy

Press release: 1st March 2005 Relatives for Justice respond to Paul Murphy’s announcement of a ‘Victims’ Commissioner’ Mark Thompson, Director of Relatives for Justice, said: ‘Today’s announcement by Paul Murphy regarding an appointment of a ‘Victims’ Commissioner’ is a matter of policy and therefore comes under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act. ‘Paul Murphy […]

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Albert Reynolds to join victims of British State violence

Press release: April 15th 2005 Albert Reynolds to join victims of British State violence Former Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds, will attend a press conference with Relatives for Justice at the Europa Hotel Belfast on Monday 18th April at 11:00am to publicly launch a conference programme on State Violence – State the Truth by Relatives for Justice […]

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Response to PSNI

28th April 2005 Response to PSNI   The family of Neil Mc Conville, shot dead by the PSNI on April 29th 2003, will visit the Policing Board Headquarters in Belfast on Friday 29th April at 11.00am to hand in a report on the killing for all its 19 members. In a statement prior to Friday […]

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Campaign welcomes lRA statement

29th July 2005 Campaign welcomes lRA statement The much welcomed statement from the IRA outlining its future will raise many questions for the other actors to the conflict and the potential role they must play to ensure a lasting peace settlement. While there is no doubt the IRA has/d significant armoury at its disposal the […]

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Flanagan and other loyalist killings

In RFJ’s submission to The Patten Commission on Policing, we recall an incident that occurred during an investigation into threats against defence lawyers by the UN Special Rapporteur on The Independence of Judges and Lawyers Mr.Param Cumaraswamy in October 1997. This incident involved the then Chief Constable Sir Ronnie Flanagan and his Assistant Chief Constable and then […]

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Response to the Report by Bertha McDougall on services for Victims and Survivors

RESPONSE TO REPORT BY MRS McDOUGALL Speaking in relation to the report by Mrs Bertha McDougall regarding services for victims and survivors RFJ spokesperson Mark Sykes today made the following points:  A number of individuals had sight of the report last night. Mrs Brenda Downes was not furnished with a copy of the report when […]

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Gordon Brwon should follow Obama’s example

‘Mr. Brown needs to have the moral courage and conviction similar to that of the Obama presidency in terms of facing up to the truth and making that truth public no matter how difficult or embarrassing, instead of shielding the public in Ireland and Britain from it. We all deserve better.’    Following yesterday’s publication, […]

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The Sectarian Murder of Kevin McDaid

The sectarian murder of Catholic father of four Kevin McDaid in Coleraine this weekend must be unequivocally condemned by everyone. It was absolutely despicable to hear local DUP MLA Adrian McQuillan attempting to deflect culpability from this awful sectarian murder by suggesting on BBC Radio Ulster 25/5/09 that the erection of the Irish flag was […]

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Fergal Caraher’s Murderer guilty of human rights abuses in Canada

In the Irish 22 November 2007 News the front page story is about former British Army Marine Richard Elkington who served in South Armagh and was responsible for the murder of Fergal Caraher and the wounding of his brother Miceal Caraher on December 30th 1990. Elkington, now a serving policeman in Canada with the Greater […]

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Enquiries Report

The Editor Letters Page Irish News In response to today’s revelations about the Historical Enquiries Team RFJ’s position on the HET not to engage is vindicated by Dr. Lundy’s report. Our position is to seek a transparent, independent investigative process for families. The extent of the revelations contained within Dr. Lundy’s report are shocking and […]

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Statement by RFJ to Congressional Hearing on the killing of Raymond McCord

In 2007 Relatives for Justice (RFJ) and the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) jointly organized a cross-community delegation of Catholic and Protestant relatives to visit Washington DC briefing members of Congress on the widespread nature of collusion. Included in that original delegation were Raymond McCord senior, Paul McIlwaine, Teresa Slane, and Pauline Davey. Clara Reilly, […]

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RFJ Statement regarding the Loughinisland Report Jun 9, 2016
Statements by Emma Rogan and Aidan O’Toole – Loughinisland Jun 9, 2016
Ombudsman Report on Loughinisland Jun 9, 2016
Truth Justice and Freedom – address by Mark Thompson Jun 7, 2016
Court Report – Carberry family in groundbreaking court hearing May 17, 2016
Francis Rowntree Inquest Update Apr 26, 2016
Pearse Jordan Inquest update Apr 19, 2016
RFJ Remarks to the US Congress Tom Lantos Commission on Human Rights Apr 17, 2016
Legacy Gender Integration Group to Brief US Congress Apr 11, 2016
Victims Forum Recruiting new members Apr 9, 2016
Presentation to Sdlp think in on victims and legacy Apr 4, 2016
Pearse Jordan Inquest developments Mar 11, 2016
Collusion in Cappagh Killings Mar 4, 2016
RUC killer of Pearse Jordan says he has ‘no regrets’ Mar 1, 2016
Heroic parents hear Special Branch commander evidence in Pearse Jordan inquest Feb 23, 2016
Stormont House Agreement monies must be protected if HIU has any hope of success in delivering to families Feb 16, 2016
Villiers statement a deliberate denigration of victims Feb 12, 2016
Geraldine Finucane Anniversary Lecture Remarks Feb 11, 2016
RFJ presentation to PRONI Feb 3, 2016
Pat Finucane Anniversary Lecture Feb 3, 2016
The implications of the repeal of the HRA for victims of our conflict Jan 29, 2016
Same old PSNI/RUC Roadblocks to Truth Jan 18, 2016
Internship Opportunity with Relatives for Justice Jan 7, 2016
British Government exposed as anti-agreement rejectionists on the past Nov 17, 2015
RFJ Submission to UN Special Rapporteur on his country visit Nov 13, 2015
Lest we Forget – Security Forces Created Shankill UDA Nov 9, 2015
RFJ submission to European Court Committee of Ministers October 2015 Nov 9, 2015
Relatives for Justice paper on British “national security” and families’ Right to Truth Nov 9, 2015
BBC presenters and the wearing of the poppy Oct 29, 2015
RFJ responds to Chief Justice statement on inquests Oct 22, 2015
Relatives for Justice Submission to European Court October 2015 Oct 20, 2015
Who will Report on the Writers of the Report? Oct 20, 2015
Geraldine Finucane appeals Judicial Review re Inquiry Oct 14, 2015
Proposed British legislation on past unacceptable for families Oct 6, 2015
Chief Constable’s Chaos is madness of his own making Oct 1, 2015
Submission to UN Cttee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Oct 1, 2015
Daniel McColgan inquest continuing Sep 30, 2015
A more informed conversation about investigations and the Stormont House Agreement Sep 25, 2015
Mark Thompson – thoughts on current state of play for SHA Sep 24, 2015
Gender Principles for Dealing with the Past Sep 15, 2015
Invitation to Launch of Gender Principles to Deal With the Past Aug 26, 2015
Secretary of State double standards on inquiries political gesturing and insulting Jul 28, 2015
Féile an Phobail Event – The British State policy of collusion in Ireland Jul 28, 2015
United Nations Calls for HIU establishment and Finucane Public Inquiry Jul 23, 2015
Finucane truth not much advanced Jun 26, 2015
Mark Thompson responds to Edwin Poots Jun 22, 2015
Coroner lambasts PSNI approach to disclosure of information on pensioner’s killings Jun 17, 2015
Bookies Atrocity Families welcome Police Chief’s apology but remain focused on search for truth and accountability Jun 15, 2015
Stormont Collusion Motion – Call to Families Jun 14, 2015
No doubts now – Collusion was British government approved Jun 12, 2015
UTV Policing the police Transcript Jun 10, 2015
RFJ Press Release regarding Spotlight exposé of British agent Freddie Scappaticci Jun 10, 2015
“A compassionate and inclusive future that leaves no-one behind ” Jun 2, 2015
Panorama exposé of collusion and State terror; PSNI Chief Constable in Denial May 28, 2015
Pat Finucane’s murder – “As Bad as it Gets” May 27, 2015
Pat Finucane Murder – “As Bad As It Gets” May 27, 2015
Glenanne Murders, Collusion and the Right to Truth all in one High Court May 27, 2015
The architects of collusion to receive writ from bereaved Irish family Apr 28, 2015
Powerpoint Presentations at Stormont House Agreement Workshop March 2015 Mar 28, 2015
Leaving court with their two arms the one length… Blog by Mike Ritchie Feb 13, 2015
Launch of “Dealing With the Past in Ireland: Where are the Women” Feb 3, 2015
Relatives for Justice Submission to the Heenan Anderson Consultation Jan 29, 2015
It’s the Collusion question in Mallon Inquest Jan 15, 2015
Comhaontú na Nollag – Some thoughts Jan 9, 2015
Irish Government Must Assert Rights of Victims Dec 18, 2014
Inquests – Failures Compound Loss Dec 12, 2014
Remedying the Past; Healing for the Future – RFJ Speech and Conference Report Nov 28, 2014
RFJ Thrilled to Host Launch of ‘Belfast Days’ Nov 25, 2014
Drew Harris shows RUC Special Branch legacy is safe in his hands Nov 25, 2014
Legal Challenge into Tyrone Collusion murders “Should Not be Delayed” Nov 23, 2014
Mark Thompson on comments by Lord Chief Justice re Inquests in Pearse Jordan Appeal Nov 17, 2014
Judgment from Court of Appeal re RUC killing of Pearse Jordan relevant to Talks on Past Nov 17, 2014
Ian Knox Nails It Nov 8, 2014
Speech by Mark Thompson to TJI Article 2 Conference Nov 6, 2014
Clara Reilly addresses gathering on DWTP in Stormont Oct 30, 2014
RFJ submission to the European Council’s Committee of Ministers Oct 22, 2014
Relatives for Justice submission to the Irish Gov consultation on 1325 Oct 14, 2014
“Lack of Resources” for legacy a shield for state impunity Sep 30, 2014
Notice of Annual General Meeting Sep 29, 2014
RFJ holds meeting with Justice Minister on Legacy Issues Sep 23, 2014
Irony is alive and well for PSNI at Shoot-to-Kill Inquest Sep 22, 2014
Chief Constable’s Comments “A Step Change in Dealing with the Past” Sep 8, 2014
RFJ Initial Statement re SoS intervention on Loughgall Inquest Sep 5, 2014
Thoughts on the 20th anniversary of one ceasefire Sep 4, 2014
New Head of HET is former RUC Aug 28, 2014
Plastic Bullet Vigil in Solidarity with Gaza Jul 29, 2014
Féile Blog Jul 28, 2014
John Ware in Conversation with Hugh Orde Jul 23, 2014
Relatives for Justice Events at Féile an Phobail Jul 21, 2014
OTR Report should Inform Process on Past – Not Delay It Jun 11, 2014
“Lost” RUC/PSNI records undermine murder investigation of Armagh teenager Jun 11, 2014
Adams Arrest is Positioning on Truth End Game May 2, 2014
New inquest into killing of Leo Norney welcomed by RFJ May 1, 2014
Time for Truth not for Insults Apr 29, 2014
Remembering Quilt Launch Speech and Poem Apr 17, 2014
RFJ respond to SoS Progaganda Myths Apr 16, 2014
Events to remember to 20th anniversary of the murder of Theresa Clinton Apr 7, 2014
#Time4Truth Video Launched Mar 24, 2014
#Time4Truth Mar 24, 2014
Billy Hutchinson’s Comments – “Odious” Mar 19, 2014
RUC – The truth and the Whole Truth Mar 18, 2014
Spring Programmes in RFJ Feb 26, 2014
Submission to the CVSNI Review on the VSS Feb 26, 2014
Speech by Monsignor Raymond Murray on the 25th anniversary of the murder of Pat Finucane Feb 13, 2014
25th Anniversary of Murder of Pat Finucane Events Jan 31, 2014
Inclusive Language is critical to Progress Jan 30, 2014
RFJ’s FoI on Hearing Loss Claim Another Stop for the Gravy Train Jan 23, 2014
RFJ Grúpa Siúil – RFJ Walking Group Jan 23, 2014
Research by Professor Bill Rolston on Families’ Views and Experiences of Historical Enquiries Team Jan 15, 2014
Families Have the Right To Know – RFJ Calls on PSNI to Release Completed HET Reports Jan 15, 2014
Important statement of Clarification from Police Ombudsman re investigation of recruitment of informers Jan 10, 2014
Human Rights Key to Haass Talks Success Dec 29, 2013
Immunity, Impunity and the Challenges we face Dec 12, 2013
Painting in RFJ Dec 11, 2013
Mallon Murder Weapon Linked to other collusion cases Nov 25, 2013
“Repugnant, Incompatible and Dangerous” – Response by Niall Murphy to AG proposals Nov 21, 2013
Relatives for Justice Reaction to the remarks by Attorney General Nov 20, 2013
Bewildering goings on in Inquest Courts Nov 19, 2013
Black Ops Blacked Out? Fooling No one Nov 18, 2013
Haas needs to give primacy to victims rights Nov 14, 2013
Statement from Mallon Family re today’s Inquest Hearing Nov 14, 2013
RFJ Submission to the Haas and O’Sullivan Talks Nov 11, 2013
Murder, Lies and Videotape Nov 11, 2013
An Argument for a gender focus in the transitional debate Oct 25, 2013
Collusion and the targeting of women Oct 18, 2013
Hierarchy of Victims Debate Diminishes Us All by Mark Thompson Oct 4, 2013
Christmas Card Competition Oct 2, 2013
Speech by RFJ Chair Clara Reilly in New York Oct 1, 2013
HET Red Herrings by Mark Thompson Oct 1, 2013
Media, Villiers, Money, Truth & Power – Time for Truth, Time for Hard Questions Sep 30, 2013
Still the Bad Old Days in the Old Town Hall by Mark Thompson Sep 27, 2013
Statement by Solicitor of Shoot to Kill Families following Inquest Hearing Sep 27, 2013
Carberry family apply for injunction against PSNI Sep 26, 2013
Secretary of State and Chief Constable drop injunction on RFJ and KRW and Minister of Culture Sep 13, 2013
Joint statement from Relatives for Justice and Rights Watch UK re HET Sep 12, 2013
Submission to Policing Board Working Group on the Historical Enquiries Team Sep 12, 2013
Amnesty International call for single investigative process to Deal with the Past Sep 12, 2013
Relatives for Justice New York Fundraiser Sep 9, 2013
Press Release Response to BBC report that HET Boss to go by December Sep 6, 2013
Letter to Papers from Clara Reilly Sep 6, 2013
Statement from RFJ Director following Policing Board meeting discussing HET Sep 5, 2013
Families’ Submission to Policing Board regarding HET Sep 5, 2013
When families unite Sep 5, 2013
Families to deliver submission to Policing Board re HET Today Sep 5, 2013
Statement from the family of Sadie Larmour regarding the SoS Injunction on files relating to their mother’s killing Aug 15, 2013
Justice Delayed Aug 15, 2013
Families win first round in court Aug 14, 2013
Villiers lawyers in attempt to have secret court recordings deleted Aug 13, 2013
The Right to Know is a Fundamental to the Right to Justice Aug 12, 2013
Relatives for Justice Statement regarding injunction by British Secretary of State and PSNI Chief Constable Aug 11, 2013
Annual Plastic Bullet Vigil – Families receive unprecedented support Aug 7, 2013
Gerard Lawlor’s 11th anniversary – still no progress Jul 29, 2013
ECHR Judgement of concern to all Jul 22, 2013
Loughgall Truth and Justice Campaign end engagement with HET Jul 4, 2013
RFJ Response to Policing Board Statement today Jul 4, 2013
Not Good Enough Jul 4, 2013
HET Perverted Course of Justice in State Killings Jul 3, 2013
RFJ respond to HET staff being moved to Bloody Sunday investigation Jun 27, 2013
The End Game and state sanctioned murder Jun 15, 2013
No Slippage on Plastic Bullets Jun 5, 2013
RUC Special Branch Still Covering Up Shoot to Kill May 31, 2013
Letter to media re SPAD Bill by Director Mark Thompson May 28, 2013
Councillors’ Compensation Proposals Prompt Call for Conflict Reparations scheme May 3, 2013
Margaret Thatcher Apr 8, 2013
“Iraq 10 Years On” Mar 20, 2013
Preliminary Inquest into Gerard Slane’s killing – state secrets sought by family Mar 15, 2013
Article by Mark Thompson calling for international intervention regarding truth for victims Mar 5, 2013
Invitation to Workshop with Dr David Becker Mar 5, 2013
Lunch Time Chat to Show 5 Broken Cameras 5th March Feb 26, 2013
Statement from the family of Denis Donaldson issued by Madden and Finucane Jan 30, 2013
Time for International Examination of Pattern of British State Abuses Jan 29, 2013
Jan 17, 2013
RFJ calls for British and Irish Governments to invite UN Special Rapporteur on Truth to visit Jan 17, 2013
Social Media Promotion of Shankill Butchers Grotesque and Odious Jan 13, 2013
Exciting New Programme beginning at end of January for families who lost women and girls Jan 11, 2013
Landmark decision regarding Loughinisland – families vindicated Dec 20, 2012
Bloody Sunday Investigation must include all activities by Paras Dec 20, 2012
Article by Deputy Director Andrée Murphy on Dealing with the Past Dec 19, 2012
Collusion Report 1990 -1994 Dec 19, 2012
Loughinisland Families vindicated in Ombudsman challenge Dec 19, 2012
The speech by Clara Reilly at the unveiling of Mural to Pat Finucane Dec 17, 2012
Teresa Slane gets first view of the De Silva report Dec 17, 2012
De Silva Report – more questions and frustrations Dec 12, 2012
Pat Finucane Mural to be Unveiled this Sunday at 2pm Beechmount Drive Dec 6, 2012
RFJ and McErlean family meet Victims Commissioner Dec 5, 2012
Please Support Finucane Family Ahead of De Silva report Dec 4, 2012
Walking Groups back in action after Christmas Dec 2, 2012
New Mural to Pat Finucane on Eve of De Silva Report Dec 2, 2012
De Silva report on 12th will be tested Nov 28, 2012
New Commissioner making a good first impression Nov 23, 2012
Gerard Lawlor report Nov 22, 2012
Last Minute Twist for HET Challenge Nov 22, 2012
Gerard Lawlor case raises significant questions Nov 22, 2012
Launch of Findings of Gerard Lawlor Inquiry Nov 22, 2012
Coroner Dismisses Attorney General and Denies Legacy Inquests Nov 15, 2012
RFJ women plan trip to Dublin Nov 3, 2012
Family of Gerard Gibson speak exclusively to BBC about their court challenge Oct 30, 2012
Family of 16yr old victim of British army bring HET to Court Oct 30, 2012
RFJ’s Mark Sykes speaking on Collusion last night in Armagh Oct 26, 2012
More Evidence of the British State Arming Loyalism Oct 16, 2012
Welfare Reform Bill – what an insult Oct 5, 2012
Lies, Cover Up and Pay Offs – Concern for Human Rights Oct 3, 2012
HET show fundamental flaws – again Sep 28, 2012
Hewadlkinfewhigj Sep 27, 2012
Belfast City Council Insult Victims of State Violence – Again Sep 27, 2012
Remembering Quilt in Kennedy Centre Belfast Aug 2, 2012
Families of IRA Volunteers call on British government to come clean on Shoot-to-Kill Aug 2, 2012
Claudy comments contribute to broader debate on the past Jul 31, 2012
Reconciliation and Redressing the Past Jun 28, 2012
BBC broadcast RFJ discovery of secret documents Jun 18, 2012
State Impunity Was Official Policy Jun 18, 2012
Use of Plastic Bullets will fuel Racial Tensions Jun 18, 2012
40th Anniversary of the Killing of Martha Campbell May 9, 2012
Stephen McConomy Remembered Apr 16, 2012
Disappointment at Baggott’s Recommendation Apr 5, 2012
RFJ Director Addresses Congress Apr 5, 2012
Article by RFJ Deputy Director in this month’s Hannah’s House EZine Apr 3, 2012
Relatives for Justice New Belfast Home Mar 13, 2012
Sadness as Donald Payne dies Mar 6, 2012
RFJ recruitment Feb 8, 2012
Family Pack Launch Nov 3, 2011
Cameron decision not to hold public enquiry into Pat Finucane’s death Oct 17, 2011
Pat Finucane’s Family set the record straight Friday 14th Oct 2011 Oct 17, 2011
Amnesty International Statement on Downing Street Finucane Debacle Oct 11, 2011
Statement from Clara Reilly following meeting between Finucane family and British prime minister Oct 11, 2011
Geraldine Finucane’s anger shared Oct 11, 2011
“Dealing with the Past” is ignoring our present Oct 10, 2011
Congressman Chris Smith statement Oct 10, 2011
Securing the peace Oct 9, 2011
Finucane family to meet British Prime Minister Oct 6, 2011
RFJ USA – a new beginning for sustainable support Sep 16, 2011
Jesse Jackson to launch RFJ in US as victims’ voices are heard Sep 13, 2011
Ford Must Act on Ombudsman Report Aug 14, 2011
Plastic Bullets are NEVER a Solution Aug 11, 2011
Féile an Phobail Opening Parade with RFJ Youth Group Jul 31, 2011
RFJ welcomes prestigious visitors from US Jul 29, 2011
RFJ Youth Group to unveil new Plastic Bullet Mural Jul 29, 2011
Plastic Bullets Not the Solution Jun 21, 2011
CAJ report on PONI Jun 16, 2011
UDR Memorial in Lisburn Jun 12, 2011
New Friendships on long road to justice Jun 11, 2011
Solidarity and Courage in Derry Jun 11, 2011
Conflicting and Disturbing Evidence at Smithwick Hearing Jun 9, 2011
Images from Slane Family Press Conference 9th June 2011 Jun 9, 2011
Teresa Slane calls on Cameron to cooperate fully with Inquest Jun 9, 2011
Slane Family Statement issued today Jun 9, 2011
Attorney General orders new inquest into murder of Gerard Slane Jun 9, 2011
Civil case by injured man exposing BA Jun 8, 2011
Time to deal with our past Jun 7, 2011
Death of Sally McErlean Jun 6, 2011
State sidestepped collusion May 24, 2011
Rosemary Nelson Report must be read in full and lessons learned May 23, 2011
Supreme Court Victory May 18, 2011
Welcome Support from US friends May 10, 2011
New Assembly Term Must Deliver to Victims of the Conflict May 10, 2011
May 5, 2011
PSNI Equipment going South May 5, 2011
PONI appointment does not address concerns Apr 20, 2011
Ombudsman Crisis – Independence critical Apr 16, 2011
Jesse Jackson | BBC & RTÉ Mar 20, 2011
Equality for all victims Feb 24, 2011
Ford asked; ‘Will RUC Reservist involved in Loughinisland murders benefit from twenty-million pound handout?’ Feb 24, 2011
Wikileaks communications underline need for inquiry Feb 24, 2011
Everybody has a story to tell Feb 24, 2011
High Court Supports Shoot to Kill Families Right to Truth May 27, 2010
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Letter to media re SPAD Bill by Director Mark Thompson

Written by:  May 28, 2013

During the course of the conflict the state consistently acted outside of the rule of law, including in contravention of international humanitarian law, in taking hundreds of lives. The majority of those killed were uninvolved civilians including scores of women and children. Of the combatants killed many were unarmed. Of those armed we know that ample opportunity for safe and effective arrest within the rule of law existed in quite a number of instances yet they were killed.

 

The state used its sovereignty as a shield to protect those responsible and ultimately its political and military policy objectives that included the use of lethal force; extra-judicial killings; summary executions; shoot-to-kill; and collusion yet no one was held to account. Collusion claimed hundreds of lives.

 

The state constructed the legislative framework that governed the entire criminal justice system that enabled the administration of impunity to those who wore uniforms, its agents, and those within the corridors of power who designed these policies and provided the official lies. The official position regarding the overwhelming majority of direct state killings is that of ‘justifiable homicide’. The impunity that accompanied this violence was a purely political act and has its origins in the Frank Kitson era of the early 1970’s.

 

Such was the scale of illegality within UDR that it was eventually disbanded. A significant number of former RUC, including Special Branch, are back within the policing system and its mechanisms for dealing with legacy killings. They are effectively circumventing any attempt to examine collusion and state killings. The policy of impunity continues.

 

The current Special Advisors bill being passed through the Assembly ignores totally this reality despite many former members of the UDR and RUC working within the Assembly and civil service.

 

The de Silva report states that 85 percent of all intelligence going to loyalist paramilitaries, at a time when they were killing more people than republicans, was coming from the ‘security’ and intelligence agencies. The bill also ignores the fact that many senior civil servants worked alongside the various ‘security’ and intelligence services within Stormont and the NIO.

 

So in keeping with the logic of the bill why then should only those loyalists and republicans convicted of offences be the subject of this bill?

 

Why does it not take into account the wider macro problem and simply say that any person connected to any grouping or agency involved in illegality during the conflict should be subject to the bill irrelevant of whether or not they were convicted?

 

The key question is why should those who availed of impunity be treated differently when the logical demand is that they should now face the same rigors of the law applied to those who were convicted?

 

Why should the needs of those victims who had prosecutions be considered above and beyond those who had no prosecutions and who had to also endure impunity and its legacy?

 

There is a very strong and legitimate argument that the violence deliberately perpetrated by a state and for which impunity is granted is much worse.

 

The reality is that the proposed bill is a process of selective lustration in the absence of a truth recovery process. It also violates enshrined rights. If the Assembly wants to apply lustration then they need to do so across the broad range of actors and institutions to the conflict instead of being politically selective.

 

This bill will, whether by intention or not of those adding their support to it, define the hurt and pain caused by some combatants to the conflict as being more important than that of those of us who experienced state violence and collusion.

 

The bill is divisive beyond the political make-up of our society and in part is connected to recreating a hierarchy of victimhood without truth or examination of our past. The proposer of the bill is an opponent to truth when concerning the state, oftentimes seeking to vilify victims of the state with odious comments.

 

The bill is a direct consequence of the failure to independently deal with the past in an inclusive and holistic way and as such should not be progressed in isolation to a wider process of inclusive truth recovery.

 

Ideally this issue should be the opportunity to now convene meaningful and substantive discussions on how best we deal with the past.

 

Mark Thompson

Director

Relatives for Justice

 

 


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