Northern Ireland

Abuse victims gather for Amnesty conference

The largest gathering of NI victims of institutional child abuse will take place in Belfast on Thursday.

Victims, campaigners, lawyers and politicians are gathering at Amnesty International's 'Time for Justice' conference.

They want to urge the Executive to establish an independent and effective inquiry into historical abuse.

Experts from the Republic of Ireland will be reporting on the lessons of the inquiry processes there.

Members of the (Ryan) Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse will also address the conference.

The conference starts at 0930 BST and a minister from the Executive is expected to address the conference, followed by local survivors.

Margaret McGuckin, who is attending the conference, said she is confident an inquiry will come.

"The first and deputy first ministers have made a commitment to look at our situation and to do whatever is possible and I do believe they will do that.

"There are ongoing talks behind the scenes, we are dealing with certain people and this is just to let them know that we are preparing the way," she said.

"We are sure it has to happen - there needs to be an investigation, society owes us that."