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24 September 2021

Society calls on UK Government to uphold the Rule of Law

In a speech to be delivered tonight, the President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland, will call on the United Kingdom Government to Reconsider its proposals relating to Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s past.

The President, Mr Rowan White, will address an invited audience at the Law Society of Northern Ireland’s Council Dinner.

As part of his key note address the President will say:

“Solicitors have a vital role in supporting victims and survivors across all communities to access justice in relation to events that happened during “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland.

The Law Society of Northern Ireland, which represents all of Northern Ireland’s Solicitors, notes with concern the proposals recently published by the United Kingdom Government in their paper ‘Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past’.

The Society considers that these proposals contravene the United Kingdom’s duty under the European Convention on Human Rights to hold independent and effective investigations into the deaths that occurred during the Troubles.

The Law Society calls upon the United Kingdom Government to uphold the Rule of Law, to act in compliance with its duty under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, all other national and international obligations and to reconsider its recent proposals.”

 

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