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  • Writer's pictureGreg O'Loughlin

US Congressional Subcommittee Hosts Public Briefing on Truth & Accountability

Updated: Jul 15, 2022

Subcommittee: Europe, Energy, the Environment & Cyber addresses Truth & Accountability for Victims of the Troubles in Northern Ireland

Stream the briefing live here.

The US Congress will today hear expert evidence on the British Government's planned laws to end all judicial investigations into their past actions and ban victims from accessing the courts. They extended their coverup by allowing former British Military personnel to effectively grant themselves an amnesty.

These proposals have been rejected by victims groups, the Human Rights Commission, all political parties, and the Irish Government. The unilateral actions of the British Government will undermine the Human Rights Commitments of the Good Friday Agreement and are counter to the existing Stormont House Agreement.

The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment, and Cyber will host a public Members Briefing entitled “Truth and Accountability for Victims of the Troubles in Northern Ireland”.

The meeting convened and chaired by Rep. William Keating will hear evidence from academics and victims groups. In March Rep. Keating co-sponsored House Resolution 888 opposing the British plans which were supported by fifty other members of the House and passed unanimously.

We hope that you will be able to tune in via livestream and share this important briefing with your colleagues and networks. The briefing will feature the following witnesses:

  • Dr. Anna Bryson, Senior Lecturer, School of Law, The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security, and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast

  • Alan McBride, Co-Coordinator of the Wave Trauma Center

  • Mark Thompson, CEO of Relatives for Justice

The briefing will be streamed live on the House Foreign Affairs Committee website and Chair Keating’s Twitter.

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