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 compliant with international human rights standards.

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The PFC believes that bereaved families have a right to as much truth and justice as it may now be possible to reach. Elderly people who lost sons or daughters have a right to an independent truth recovery process that is compliant with international human rights standards. Younger people have the same right to discover the truth about how and why their parents and grandparents were killed during the conflict.

Moreover, wider society needs to be afforded factual truths about what took place so we can move forward into an agreed future without the past continuing to seep a toxic poison into the body politic. These requirements underpin the PFC’s work with families, with statutory bodies and with political parties on truth recovery.

Latest Articles

  • Good Friday Agreement Implementation Committee

    PFC's Anne Cadwallader and Justice for the Forgotten's Margaret Urwin spoke to the Oireachtas on the topic of the Good Friday Agreement's implementation on 12 October.
  • Release of proposal on information redaction

    Documents submitted to British and Irish governments: A proposed model for Information Redaction under the Stormont House Agreement. Released to the public domain at a seminar at QUB on 4th April 2017.
  • Upcoming event: National Security Seminar, QUB, 4th April.

    Dealing with the Past: A Proposed Model for Information Redaction under the Stormont House Agreement 4th April, 2017 10.00 am, Moot Court, School of Law Queens University Belfast
  • Briefing paper for families on British army killings/investigations/prosecutions + LIB/PSNI fact sheet

    UPDATE FOR FAMILIES: British Army killings/ prosecutions etc. There has been extensive media coverage recently covering the alleged “witch-hunt” against former members of the British Army for actions carried out during the conflict. There has also been speculation that the British government would i...
  • Lord Chief Justice admits: "We are breaking the law"

    Families bereaved in the conflict are today witnessing the most senior judge in this jurisdiction publicly admitting his office is breaking the law. This is the only possible conclusion arising from a speech by the Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan, given at the opening of the new legal year.

Declassified Documents

  • Diary entry from Attorney General

    A diary of the meeting between J.M Parkin, Head of C2 and HQNI and Attorney General Basil Kelly and additional confirmation that the Attorney General fully understood that HQNI was telling him that he should not prosecute soldiers. In effect the military tail was wagging the legal dog. This meeting took place less than two months before Bloody Sunday
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  • Memo of meeting between Attorney General and British Army

    Two pages of a memo (AG 1971 p2 and AG 1971 p3) concerning the visit of a J.M. Parkin, Head of C2 at HQNI (British Army HQ) in the North to the then Attorney General Basil Kelly, a Unionist MP. In reference to any potential prosecutions of soldiers for the murder of civilians Parkin notes,
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  • UDA membership of the UDR

    The issue of UDA membership of the UDR, a locally recruited regiment of the British Army, was the subject of various memos and correspondence.
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