Northern Ireland: Third-Party Intervention filed to Belfast High Court on Troubles Act Judicial Review

On 13 November 2023, Amnesty International submitted a third-party intervention to the Belfast High Court in a legal challenge brought by several victims of the Northern Ireland conflict to the UK Government’s Northern Ireland (Legacy and Reconciliation) Act 2023. Martina Dillon, John McEvoy, and Lynda McManus are challenging the human rights compliance of the Act including its denial of inquests, lack of adequate investigations and ban on civil claims. Amnesty International’s amicus brief focused on the right to truth and redress in the context of Articles 2 and 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the importance of reparations for historical human rights abuses as well as the impact of the legislation on the wider victim community.

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