Justice at last for the forgotten victims of sectarian murder in Dundalk
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This statement from the Pat Finucane Centre, in Derry, and dated 3 November 2006, invites attendance to the launch of the report of the independent international panel on alleged collusuion in sectarian killings in the North of Ireland and in the Irish Republic.
The inquiry report will deal with multiple sectarian killings on both sides of the Irish border - with as many as 76 deaths involved - during the 1970s, including the attack on the Kay's Tavern Bar, on Crowe Street, Dundalk, on 19 December 1975, which resulted in the deaths of Jack Rooney and Hugh Watters, and many other injuries.
See links at bottom of this page for press reports of this important event. The Irish Daily Mirror (7 November 2006) gives a detailed list of the atrocities and victims examined by the international inquiry team.
(NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE FOR DUBLIN LAUNCH)
TO THE LAUNCH OF THE
OF THE INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL PANEL
ON ALLEGED COLLUSION IN SECTARIAN KILLINGS IN NORTHERN IRELAND
AT THE LINENHALL LIBRARY IN BELFAST
11AM MONDAY NOVEMBER 6
MONT CLARE HOTEL
MERRION SQUARE, DUBLIN
11AM TUESDAY NOVEMBER 7
In 2004 the Pat Finucane Centre of Derry asked Professor Douglass Cassel, then of Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, USA, to convene an independent international panel of inquiry into alleged collusion by members of United Kingdom security forces in sectarian murders and other serious crimes in Northern Ireland in the mid-1970’s – and particularly the activities of the so-called “Glenanne group.”
Two of the four Panel members, Professor Douglass Cassel* who teaches international human rights, international humanitarian and international criminal law at Notre Dame Law School in the United States of America and Susie Kemp*, an international lawyer based in The Hague and is a former Investigator with the International Criminal Court, will present their report in Belfast and Dublin next week. (*see full CVs below)
The 108 page report has been produced independently of the PFC and drafts were provided for commentary in advance to the British Government, the Office of the Police Ombudsman and the PFC. The Panel examined 25 cases on both sides of the border where collusion between loyalist paramilitaries and state agents was alleged. A number of the 25 cases involved multiple deaths and 76 people died in the incidents examined. A number of family members will also be present at the Belfast and Dublin launches. The Dublin launch is in collaboration with Justice for the Forgotten and the Panel investigation included a number of attacks in the Republic of Ireland including the Dublin and Monagahan bombings, the Dundalk and Castleblaney bombings and the murder of John Francis Green.
The report is embargoed until Monday Nov 6 at 11am.
For further information contact Alan Brecknell (m) 00353 861739722 or Paul O' Connor (m) 07989323418 Margaret Urwin (JFF) 0035387 2237338
Alan Brecknell works as a researcher for the PFC. His father was murdered in one of the attacks examined by the panel, the 1975 gun and bomb attack on Donnelly's Bar, Silverbridge S. Armagh. Paul O'Connor is Project Co-ordinator at the PFC. Margaret Urwin is secretary/researcher of the Justice for the Forgotten group.
Cassel is Professor of Law, Notre Dame Presidential Fellow, and
Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame Law School,
in the United States of America, where he teaches international human
rights, international criminal and international humanitarian law.
Previously he taught and directed similar centers in Chicago at
Northwestern University School of Law and DePaul University College of Law.
is President of the Due Process of Law Foundation in Washington, D.C., and
former President of the Board of Directors of the Justice Studies Center of
the Americas, to which he was twice nominated by the United States
government and elected by the Organization of American States.
1973 to 1976 he served as a military prosecutor and defense counsel in the
Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Navy.
In 1992-93 he was Legal Advisor to the United Nations Commission on
the Truth for El Salvador.
has advised governments and non-governmental organizations on transitional
justice and truth commissions in Colombia, Guatemala, Ghana, Indonesia,
Panama and Peru.
member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International
Law, he co-chairs the International Law committee of the Board of Directors
of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the International
Human Rights Committee of the Section on Individual Rights and
Responsibilities of the American Bar Association.
He has also been a consultant on international human rights law to
the State Department and the Ford Foundation, and is a member of the Council
on Foreign Relations in New York.
articles are published nationally and internationally in scholarly and
professional publications. His
commentaries on international human rights are broadcast on Chicago Public
Radio and published in the Chicago
Daily Law Bulletin, and he is a frequent contributor to the Chicago
Tribune. He has lectured in
Africa, Asia, Europe, Canada and Latin America.
Cassel earned his J.D. cum laude
from Harvard Law School in 1972, and his B.A. cum
laude from Yale College in 1969.
Member: Susie Kemp
L. Kemp was born in Scotland and
is now based in The Hague, The Netherlands.
is currently Legal Adviser to Impunity Watch, a new international research
and policy group based in The Netherlands. Using a new empirical method, it
assesses state performance on accountability for international crimes and
gross human rights violations, against benchmarks based on legal obligations
and the Joinet-Orentlicher principles on impunity. It works with local civil
society partners on related policy issues.
is also pro bono legal adviser in a team formed by the Centre for Justice
and Accountability, San Francisco, to advise Spanish prosecutors in the case
brought by Rigoberta Menchú against former military and security leaders of
Guatemala for wartime atrocities.
former positions include:
International Criminal Court 2005-2006
and analysing evidence of crimes committed in the Darfur conflict.
for Human Rights Legal Action, CALDH, Guatemala City.
Since 2002, external legal adviser and military analyst on Guatemalan Armed
Forces’ actions in its counterinsurgency campaign of 1981 and 1983.
Center for Transitional Justice,
New York: Since 2002,
Consultant. Technical legal for the Guatemalan state prosecution service on
the investigation of violations of international humanitarian law.
International legal analysis related to Peruvian prosecutions and trainer of
Peruvian prosecutors and judges on the investigation and prosecution of
Director and Counsel, CALDH 1998
– 2002 Legal Counsel to the
Centre whose staff of over 60 worked on a range of legal actions and
advocacy on human rights violations. Head of legal team litigating
individual and class actions before national authorities and the
Inter-American bodies and representing 23 indigenous communities engaged in
domestic criminal proceedings against Guatemalan Military High Command
members for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes since 2001.
Scottish Refugee Council From
1996 – 1998 legal representative of asylum
seekers, at immigration appeals tribunals, legal adviser to applicants.
Skene Edwards W.S., Edinburgh
1992 to 1995 litigation covering contract, labour, injuries, debt, divorce,
minor criminal offences, bankruptcy and sequestrations. Pro bono solicitor
for Citizens Advice Bureau. Admitted to Scottish Bar and as Notary Public, N.P.,
other experience includes human rights monitoring for the UN mission in
Guatemala, legal research in Scottish local government, guest lecturer in
human rights in Guatemala and Joint
Technical Committee for the drafting of the Guatemalan Freedom of
of the 2003 Conference on Violence against Women in State Custody in 2003
for the Due Process of Law Foundation, Washington D.C.
was educated at Harris Academy, Dundee and Edinburgh
University and holds a Masters
Degree LL.M (Public International Law) with Distinction, Honours Law Degree
LL.B. and postgraduate diploma in legal practice. She has publications
and speaking engagements in Europe and Latin America on extradition and
refugee law, investigation and prosecution of international crime, truth
seeking and justice issues. She is a member of the Law Society of Scotland,
and the International
Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts.
The other members of the panel were;
See report for full biographical details on the above panel members
See report for full biographical details on the above panel members
Please delete all other PFC email addresses and replace with firstname.lastname@example.org
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The international inquiry's report into British state collusion in the 1970s can be downloaded in pdf format from the Pat Finucane Centre's website.
See: Irish Times/ireland.com, 6 November 2006: Garda Castigated In Report On North Collusion
Irish American Information Service online, 6 November 2006: RUC
APPROVED AND COLLUDED IN 25 MURDERS - REPORT
BBC News online, 6 November 2006: Security 'Links' To Murder Plots
Ulster Television News online, 6 November 2006: US academic shocked by report's findings
Belfast Telegraph, 7 November 2006 Collusion: PSNI team 'not capable of getting to truth' Orde defends cold case team after international criticism
Irish Independent, 7 November 2006: Inquiry 'shocked' at RUC collusion
The Irish Daily Mirror, 7 November 2006: Shock report alleges high-level collusion Officials 'had information on 25 atrocities' RUC & Army 'helped loyalists carry out. . 74 MURDERS
The Irish Daily Mirror, 7 November 2006: So many victims
The Irish Examiner, 7 November 2006: Evidence found of British collusion in bombings
The Guardian, 7 November 2006: RUC and army 'backed killers'
The Irish News, 7 November 2006: Questions haunt probe into loyalist collusion.
The Dundalk Democrat, 15 November 2006:'We just want the truth' New investigation into 1975 bombing
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