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Ireland's foreign minister has an opinion piece in the Guardian today: British plans for a Troubles amnesty would breach international obligations:
Dealing with the legacy of the Troubles is not easy, but there are no shortcuts. In 2014, the UK and Irish governments and Northern Ireland parties came together and negotiated a comprehensive and balanced framework for dealing with the legacy of the past - the Stormont House agreement.

That agreement allowed for proper independent investigations and prosecutions where possible. It also proposed the establishment of an independent international mechanism so people could come forward and tell what they knew without that information being used against them in court. It allowed for oral history initiatives and acknowledgment.

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We do not believe an approach based on a general statute of limitations would be compatible with the obligations of the European convention on human rights. It would undoubtedly be tested in the courts and if it failed there, it would only add years of uncertainty and misery for families with no benefit.

Unfortunately, as demonstrated by Brexit, Westminster is contemptuous of international law, and does not seem to regard any agreement it has made as binding.

by IdiotSavant on Fri Jul 16th, 2021 at 01:57:28 AM EST
And other former British colonies have taken note and do insist that the UK respect its international agreements as a condition to joining trade alliances. Fancy that.

by Bernard on Fri Jul 16th, 2021 at 06:00:57 PM EST
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