Northern Ireland

Amnesty International call over NI Troubles legacy

Grainne Teggart
Image caption Grainne Teggart said a victims centred process for dealing with the past is needed

Amnesty International is to call for a single system to address the legacy of the Troubles as it gives evidence to an Irish government committee in Dublin.

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement is examining ways of "dealing with the past" in Northern Ireland.

Amnesty representatives will speak at Thursday's hearing.

The charity will also present the findings of its recent report: Northern Ireland: Time to Deal with the Past.

Amnesty said it wanted to see independent inquiries held into some of the worst atrocities from the Troubles.

'Piecemeal approach'

Oireachtas committee members will hear a call for political representatives in Dublin, Belfast and London to prioritise dealing with Northern Ireland's past.

Amnesty's Grainne Teggert said: "Amnesty has already presented this research paper to both politicians in Northern Ireland and at Westminster and what we now want to do is make sure we have a victims centred process to dealing with the past going forward.

"So we will be working with victims' groups and individual families on that.

"Our report on dealing with the past in Northern Ireland has found that, for many families, they've been left wanting and indeed there's been a piecemeal approach to dealing with the past.

"That is why as Amnesty we would recommend a new, overarching mechanism to deal with the past."

Related Topics

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites