A “BBC TODAY” SI E’ DISCUSSO DEL RAPPORTO SUI TROUBLES IN IRLANDA DEL NORD

Paul Bew, professore di storia irlandesi presso la Queen’s University di Belfast  discute la proposta di un risarcimento ai familiari delle vittime dei Troubles, proposta contenuta nel rapporto sui Troubles in Irlanda del Nord. Il reporter Angus Stickler esamina i cambiamenti avvenuti dal Good Friday Agreement.

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Gli autori della relazione su come affrontare l’eredità dei Troubles, difendono la loro proposta di un risarcimento di 12.000 sterline, a favore delle famiglie delle vittime dai Troubles.
Come prevedibile la proposta è stata duramente contestata da alcune parti politiche, perchè prevede il risarcimento sia che si tratti di vittime civili, sia che si tratti di vittime appartenenti ad organizzazioni paramilitari, quali l’IRA.
Lord Eames e Dennis Bradley hanno difeso la loro posizione spiegando che ci sono familiari che non vogliono denaro ma giustizia e verità, altri invece che non sono interessati ad ottenere giustizia e verità, ma un risarcimento da parte della società. Per questo si è preferito mantenere una linea di equità.
La relazione di 190 pagine stilata dal Consultative Group on the Past, propone 30 raccomandazioni,tra cui la costituzione di una commissione guidata da una figura internazionale, che si assuma l’attuale compito svolto dal Police Ombudsman (che esamina i reclami contro la polizia e l’Historical Enquiries Team) e di esaminare gli omicidi irrisolti dei Troubles.

Authors defend Troubles cash plan
The authors said their findings required a considered response
The authors of a report on how to deal with the legacy of the Troubles have defended their suggestion that families of all those killed should get £12,000.
Unionists and some victims’ groups have criticised the plan as it would include payments to the families of IRA and loyalist groups.
One of the authors, Lord Eames, described the money as a “recognition payment” on behalf of society.
The 190-page report published later contains more than 30 recommendations.
It has been compiled by the Consultative Group on the Past, an independent group set up to deal with the legacy of Northern Ireland’s Troubles, during which more than 3,000 people died.
The proposals are thought to include a £160m legacy commission which would be led by an international figure.
This commission would take over the work currently carried out by the Police Ombudsman – which investigates complaints against the police and the Historical Enquiries Team – a specialist police unit set up to investigate unsolved killings throughout the Troubles.
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One of the main critics of the plan to pay victims’ families was Northern Ireland’s First Minister, the DUP leader Peter Robinson.
He told Secretary of State Shaun Woodward on Tuesday that the suggestion had “irreparably damaged” the group’s report.
The two men, who lead the Consultative Group on the Past, said the money was “a small gesture by our society to acknowledge the grief of the families left devastated by the last 40 years”.
Denis Bradley said the recognition payments were “not about compensation nor financial reward”.
When we undertook this work, we were under no illusions that it would be extremely difficult for our society to escape the dark shadows of the past
Lord Eames
Consultative Group on the Past
Lives lost to the Troubles
“Over the past number of days we have heard some victims’ groups saying we don’t want money, we want justice. Others have said we don’t want money, we want truth.
“They are right to say that and our report will reflect both points of view.
“Equally they have to respect those who told us that they wanted neither justice nor truth. Others that we met want recognition by our society of their loss and suffering.”
Former Church of Ireland Primate Lord Eames said it was a “challenging and complex report” on what was “too important an issue for instant responses”.
“When we undertook this work, we were under no illusions that it would be extremely difficult for our society to escape the dark shadows of the past,” he said.
“Today we will set out a whole range of issues that will have to be addressed if we are to build the shared and reconciled future that we all want to see.”

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