Tuesday 20 July 2021
Clare Bailey MLA has said that politics is continuing to fail victims in a shameful way.
The Green Party NI leader spoke during an Assembly debate on proposed Westminster legislation on an amnesty for those involved in troubles related offences.
Clare Bailey MLA said: “The outpouring of distress from victims and survivors following the introduction of this legislation has been heart-wrenching.
“Victims from right across the spectrum have been let down, natural justice denied and trauma compounded.
“The amnesty proposal is contrary to the rule of law and based on an entirely false premise that we can somehow draw a line in the sand with regards to the legacy of the conflict.
“The trauma of the conflict is inter-generational. The communities that were worse impacted by the conflict are today the communities suffering disproportionately from the mental health crisis, socio-economic challenges and problematic drug and alcohol use.
"The British and Irish governments along with the Executive parties have proven themselves incapable of dealing with the legacy of the conflict.
“How can we expect parties to the conflict to set the parameters around dealing with the legacy of that conflict?
"That's why we need an independent process for dealing with the legacy of our past, a victim centered process, free from politics and political interference.
“Conflict transformation and true reconciliation can only be achieved if we depoliticise legacy and adopt best practice from other post conflict societies.
"Telling victims to draw a line in the sand is callous, cruel and entirely counterintuitive to the needs of people suffering the mental and physical effects of the conflict."
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