Ireland said on Wednesday May 18 it was “
” by the presentation of a bill in the United Kingdom aimed at dropping legal proceedings relating to the Northern Irish conflict for those who cooperate with the authorities.
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Irish Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney said it was "
" that the British government had decided to "
unilaterally introduce the bill
We will continue to discuss with the British government to better understand the provisions of the project (...) but at this stage I have serious questions and I cannot support it in its initial form
", he said. he adds.
The United Kingdom introduced a bill on Tuesday proposing the abandonment of legal proceedings relating to the Northern Irish conflict for British soldiers and paramilitaries involved in the "
" who decide to cooperate with the authorities.
Independent Commission for Reconciliation and Information Discovery
” will decide whether those involved in the conflict are eligible for amnesty or not.
Simon Coveney said he had "
" about the prerogatives of this commission, which he said could go against European legislation and international human rights obligations.
“Failure” of the “current system”
For the British Minister for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis, the bill should help Northern Ireland to turn the page on three decades of violence.
The current system is a failure: it offers neither truth nor justice for the vast majority of families.
It fails both victims and veterans
,” he said.
According to him, the bill will allow "
every family who has lost a loved one (...) to have more information than ever about the circumstances of the death
The bill has sparked anger in Northern Ireland.
Helen Deery, whose brother was killed aged 15 by British soldiers in Londonderry in 1972, called it '
' on the BBC.
I feel today like the day he died.
I will only rest when we get justice
,” she said.
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Before the peace agreement concluded in 1998, the conflict between loyalists, mainly Protestants and supporters of maintaining the province under the British crown, and Republicans, mainly Catholics and militant for the reunification of the island, caused 3,500 deaths. .