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

  • PFC submission to Committee of Ministers

    The Committee of Ministers meet this week (12th - 14th March 2019) to examine the implementation of judgements & decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. In advance of this meeting, PFC provided a written submission to the Committee outlining our concerns regarding the ongoing failure of the...
  • Derry 4 case against Chief Constable settles

    This morning a press conference was held at the Pat Finucane Centre with the Derry Four. The men announced that they have accepted a significant out of court settlement from the Chief Constable in respect of their miscarriage of justice case. Statement read by Gerry McGowan on behalf of the Derry Fo...
  • Annual Bloody Sunday Memorial Lecture this year is delivered by Dr Asad Abushark, International Coordinator of Palestine’s Great March of Return

    Almost 200 Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli military forces during the powerful wave of protests in the region last year known as the Great March of Return. Dr Abushark has lectured and written extensively on the Palestine question and the right of return. He is a visiting Professor of Transla...
  • Bloody Sunday Trust announce 2019 Commemoration events

    A powerful programme of talks, screenings and events has just been unveiled by the Bloody Sunday Trust and Pat Finucane Centre for the 47th annual Bloody Sunday Commemorations later this month. Among this year’s events will be a special focus on Palestine’s Great March of Return with Dr Asad Abushar...
  • MOD treating Kathleen Thompson family with 'contempt'

    The family of a Derry mother-of-six, shot dead in her own back garden, says Britain’s Ministry of Defence is treating them – and an inquest into her death - with complete contempt. Even the Coroner hearing the case has expressed deep disappointment at the MoD’s failure to confirm the identities of s...

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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