Troubles

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The UK's controversial new legacy law has come into force, bringing a premature end to dozens of inquests and investigations related to killings during the Troubles. The Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Act 2023, which the Irish government is challenging in a rare interstate app

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The UK government operated a "widespread, systematic, and systemic" practice of impunity that protected security forces from sanction during the Troubles, according to a new report. The International Expert Panel on Impunity was convened by the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR), based at the

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The Attorney General for Northern Ireland has ordered new inquests for victims of the McGurk’s Bar massacre, which will likely be prevented from going ahead due to the UK government’s controversial new legacy law. Loyalist paramilitaries bombed the pub on 4 December 1971, killing 15 civi

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Northern Ireland’s Court of Appeal has quashed a man’s convictions for the murder of four British Army officers and membership of a proscribed organisation following its conclusion that the verdict reached in his 1976 trial was unsafe. Delivering judgment for the Court of Appeal, Lady Ch

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The UK government has announced plans to develop an official history of the Troubles, with up to five historians to be granted privileged access to UK state archives. Lord Bew, from a northern unionist background, and Dr Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid, from Cork, have been picked by ministers t

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A new report on "state impunity" for human rights violations during the Troubles is to be launched in Dublin next week. The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo convened an international expert panel on impunity in response to the announcement of the UK government's controvers

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Northern Ireland's Court of Appeal has quashed a conviction for murder in relation to the 1975 Forkhill landmine attack following a referral by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). Patrick Thompson received a life sentence with a 30-year minimum term for the murder of four British Army offic

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The Attorney General for Northern Ireland has ordered a fresh inquest into the killing of Official IRA man Joe McCann, which is unlikely to take place due to the UK government's controversial new legacy law. Mr McCann was shot and killed at the age of 24 in the Markets area of Belfast on 15 April 19

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The long-running investigation into the alleged Provisional IRA informer codenamed “Stakeknife” has published its interim report. The Operation Kenova report highlights the lack of a legal framework to properly govern the use of agents during the Troubles, in which agent handling was see

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The UK government has confirmed it will appeal a ruling by the High Court in Belfast that a controversial legacy law is in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights. The court ruled last week that the conditional immunity scheme under the Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation)

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The Irish government has formally lodged its inter-state case against the UK with the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The application, challenging the UK's controversial Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Act 2023, was lodged on 17 January 2024 and registered under no. 185

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Ireland will take the UK to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) over a controversial law ending criminal and civil proceedings related to killings during the Troubles, the government has confirmed. Victims and survivors of the Troubles had urged the Irish government to take the rare step alon

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A former head of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and an English human rights lawyer are among four new appointments to the UK government's controversial legacy body. Lindsay Todd, Kathleen Russ, Rogelio Alonso and Professor Brice Dickson have been appointed as non-executive commissioner

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