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 and prolonging the conflict in Ireland.

State Violence

While each and every party to the conflict in Ireland bears responsibility for the human rights abuses it inflicted over 35 years, the PFC believes the state has a special responsibility to admit its own illegal acts.

The PFC believes that, at a time of civil conflict, it is more important – rather than less – that the state upholds the principle underpinning every democratic state: that no-one is above the law. We believe that the British state’s failure to uphold this principle was the single greatest factor creating and prolonging the conflict in Ireland.

State Violence

We believe that through abuses such as state collusion, shoot-to-kill, the use of lethal force (e.g. the events of Bloody Sunday), plastic and rubber bullets and through its failure, through the courts, to hold state forces responsible, London abandoned its duty to its citizens and should now be held accountable.

Latest Articles

  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Bloody Sunday Memorial Lecture: Professor Phil Scraton

    Fractured Lives, Dissenting Voices, Recovering Truth : Hillsborough activist Professor Phil Scraton reflects on four decades of in-depth research into deaths involving state institutions – Hillsborough, Prisons and Ireland – focusing on his work with the bereaved, survivors and their advocates.

Declassified Documents

  • The "Hooded Men"- Irish State case

    In 1978 the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held that the British government had violated Article 3 of the European Commission on Human Rights in their treatment of 14 men in 1971. These "Hooded Men" had been selected for 5 techniques of "Deep Interrogation" - white noise, wall standing/ stress positions, sleep deprivation, bread and water diet, and hooding....
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