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Q & A - Is there a witch-hunt against ex British soldiers?

A quick question and answer guide to the current debate around prosecutions of former soldiers, 'letters of comfort' and the alleged 'witch-hunt'. (Updated February 2018)

Waterboarding claims in Northern Ireland

Donald Trump has drawn outrage across the world, including Britain, after he condoned waterboarding and torture. But tonight this programme can reveal allegations that warterboarding and electric shock torture were used by the Parachute Regiment against prisoners in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. Br...

Dennis Heaney 40th Anniversary - statement from family

The family of Dennis Heaney (21), shot dead on the streets of his home town Derry by under-cover soldiers of the British Army’s 14th Intelligence Company (a cover name for the SAS) on 10th June 1978. A series of events to remember Dennis on the 40th anniversary have been arranged by the Heaney famil...

Family of Stephen McConomy apply for new inquest

The family of Stephen McConomy have written to the Attorney General requesting he exercise his power under section 14 of the Coroners Act (NI) 1959 to direct a fresh inquest into his death.

Theresa May misled Parliament @ PMQs

Today a half page advertisement appeared in the Guardian Newspaper, calling out British Prime Minister Theresa May for misleading Parliament at Prime Minister's Questions regarding the investigations into conflict-related deaths in the north.

"We're Not 'Victims'. We're People Like You": How the Media Re-traumatise Bereaved Families.

"We're Not 'Victims. We're People Like You": How the Media Re-traumatise Bereaved Families- contribution by PFC Advocacy Support Worker Anne Cadwallader to the 'Victimhood and Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland' conference at Queens on Monday 14th May 2018.

Consultation on dealing with legacy of the past

The Northern Ireland Office has launched their consultation on dealing with the legacy of the past in the north. This consultation will be open for 4 months, closing on 10th September 2018. PFC will be considering the document and holding a series of meetings with victims and survivors over the comi...

File on death of Paul Whitters closed until 2059

PFC has become aware that a file directly relating to the death of Paul Whitters is held with the National Archives, but is closed until 2059 on the grounds outlined below. There are other files relevant to those that were killed by plastic bullets closed for 84 years, until 2071. This includes the...

A very serious crime-anatomy of a cover-up

A new report into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Gary English and Jim Brown in 1981

Ireland v UK 2018

ECHR have rejected application by Irish Government to revise the original judgement in the Hooded Men case ROI v UK 1978. The 1978 judgement found that the treatment constituted inhuman & degrading treatment, but not torture. Today the ECHR has upheld that judgement 6-1 (Judge O'Leary dissenting- se...

Publications

Migration Report

Protestant Migration from the West Bank of Derry / Londonderry 1969-1980

Dr Ulf Hansson and Dr Helen McLaughlin
Anatomy of a Cover up

Anatomy of a Cover-up

PFC Report on the deaths of Gary English & Jim Brown, 19 April 1981
A State in Denial

A State in Denial

Margaret Urwin
Counter Gangs

Counter-Gangs

Margaret Urwin
Gerald Donaghey

Gerald Donaghey

Conal McFeely
Hidden History of the UDR

The Hidden History of the UDR

Pat Finucane Centre
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Lethal Allies

Anne Cadwallader

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Collusion

Collusion is any act, or omission of an act, in which state agents encourage or engage in criminal actions with illegal forces. It can never...
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Criminal Justice

The criminal justice system is the system of law enforcement used for all stages of criminal proceedings and punishment. It includes the pol...
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European Convention on Human Rights

The Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, better known as the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR),...
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Truth Recovery

The PFC believes that bereaved families have a right to truth and justice. We advocate for an independent truth recovery process that is com...
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State Violence

PFC believe that the British state’s failure to uphold the principle that no one is above the law was the single greatest factor creating an...
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Prison

Maghaberry Prison in particular has been dogged by controversies around humiliating strip searches, association among politically motivated...
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MI5

The security service MI5 has had overall responsibility for security in the North since August 2007. In August 2007 the British Security Ser...
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Glenanne / Lethal Allies

Drawing on over 15 years of research by the PFC, and using forensic and ballistic information never before published, this book includes off...
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Plastic Bullets / Tasers / CS Gas

17 people were killed during the conflict by members of the security forces firing plastic or rubber bullets/ batons. 8 of the 17 people wer...
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Legacy of Colonialism

Why would an Irish based human rights group produce an exhibit on the legacy of colonialism? And why here and why now? The question about he...
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