BREAKING NEWS Congress Leaders Unequivocally Reject British Government Cover-Up
Congress Leaders Call on Secretary of State to Unequivocally Reject British Government Cover-up Proposals
Speaking today the Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald welcomed the publication of a letter from leading congress members calling on the US Administration to join in the “unequivocal rejection” of the British Government's legacy proposals.
This bipartisan letter initiated by Rep. Tom Suozzi and supported the joint Chairs of the Friends of Ireland Caucus, Rep. Richard Neal and Rep. Mike Kelly called on United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken to speak out against the British Government’s proposal to end all judicial investigations and offer an unconditional amnesty.
The call was supported by twenty-one members of congress.
Mary Lou McDonald said,
“I want to thank the Members of Congress who signed on to this letter for standing by the rights of the victims of conflict and the standing up for the Good Friday Agreement. Representatives Neal, Kelly, and Suozzi are great friends of Ireland and protectors of our agreements”
“The British Governments amnesty proposals run contrary to their obligations under the Stormont House Agreement and undermines the human rights commitments of the Good Friday Agreement.”
“These proposals have rightly been rejected by all political parties across Ireland, by victims groups, by human rights experts internationally and the US Congress”
“The members of Congress are clear in their unequivocal rejection of the British Government's proposals, it is time for the British Government to listen and to return to the Stormont House Agreement. “
Representative Richard Neal, Joint Chair of the Congressional Friends of Ireland said,
“As Co-Chairman of the Friends of Ireland Caucus in the U.S. Congress, I am pleased to join a bipartisan group of Members of Congress in signing this important and timely letter. Like every political party on the island, we are strongly opposed to proposed UK legislation that would give amnesty to human rights abuses committed during the Troubles. I look forward to Secretary Blinken’s response”