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11 July 2006


for Question Time at the part-session in September I 2006

pursuant to Rule 109 of the Rules of Procedure

by Bairbre de Brún

to the Council

  Subject: Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights

 Answer in writing 

In May 2001 the European Court ruled on controversial state killings, including the killing of Sinn Féin member Patrick Shanaghan killed by loyalists in the north of Ireland, that the British Government was not compliant with Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.


Given that, the office of the Public Prosecution Service, formerly the DPP, remains unaccountable for its decision-making process regarding non-prosecutions in cases where prima-facie evidence exists, up to 40 inquests into controversial state killings have been delayed, in some cases for more than ten years, and the Inquiries Act has been introduced to protect state interests and to suppress information that might emerge regarding the killing of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane in 1989. The office of the Police Ombudsman has not been granted the legislative authority or adequate resources to conduct effective investigations into the conduct of police officers, and the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) fails to meet the requirements of Article 2 in so far as it is subject to the PSNI, the NIO and the former RUC Chief Constable Sir Ronnie Flanagan in his capacity as a member of Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary.


Does the Council accept that Britain is still not Article 2 compliant in this regard? What actions can the Council take to ensure that Britain complies with Article 2 as soon as possible?



Tabled: 11.07.2006


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