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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'.

Museum of Free Derry events to mark 'Battle of the Bogside'

The Museum of Free Derry have organised an extensive programme of events to commemorate 50 years since the Battle of the Bogside. PFC are contributing two events to this programme.

Families of children killed by plastic bullets dissatisfied following meeting with Karen Bradley

Yesterday (17.07.19) the families of Paul Whitters and Julie Livingstone met with Secretary of State Karen Bradley to discuss the closure of files relating to their loved ones. In 1981 15 year-old Paul Whitters and 14 year-old Julie Livingstone were killed by the RUC and British army using plastic b...

Supreme Court reject Hutchings appeal

Former soldier Dennis Hutchings has lost his appeal to the UK Supreme Court this morning (06.06.19). In 2015, Hutchings was charged with the attempted murder of John Pat Cunningham in Benburb, Co Tyrone, in 1974, and with attempting to cause him grievous bodily harm. On 20 April 2016, the Director o...

Family of Stephen McConomy supports call on SoS to release Whitters files

Statement on behalf of the McConomy family. This is an open letter to Karen Bradley (SOS) supporting the call for these files to be open to the families. File named: CJ4/4402 Paul Whitters: killed by a plastic baton round, April 1981 (1981-83); closed for 75 years. Health & Safety, Personal Informat...

Mother of Paul Whitters calls on SoS Bradley to release files

Today marks 38 years since 15 year old Paul Whitters was shot in the head by a plastic bullet fired by a RUC officer. Paul's mother, Helen, is calling on the Secretary of State Karen Bradley to release files held in the National Archives concerning Paul's death that have been reclassified to remain...

PFC submission to UN Committee Against Torture

Submission from the Pat Finucane Centre (PFC) to the United Nations Committee Against Torture 6th Periodic Review for the UK May 2019

Dalton family response to DUP Westminster debate

Our father, Sean Dalton, died as a result of an IRA bomb in August 1988 in Creggan, Derry, along with his neighbour, Sheila Lewis. Another neighbour, Gerard Curran, passed away some months later. It is known as the ‘Good Samaritan’ case as Sean, Sheila and Gerard had gone to check on a vulnerable ne...

iMAGINE Festival: Legacy of Colonialism

The PFC has been working in partnership with the Museum of British Colonialism (MofBC) – an online archive created to gather, share, and comment on British colonial rule worldwide. The Museum has produced a documentary ('Operation Legacy') and exhibition which are intended to help those interested l...

Pat Finucane Centre response to UK Supreme Court Judgement

“Today the highest court in Britain, the UK Supreme Court, found that none of the previous inquiries into the murder of Belfast solicitor, Pat Finucane, had satisfied the Art 2 procedural obligation of the state to carry out a proper and rigorous investigation. The Court stated that “All inquiries (...

Publications

Impact of the Parachute Regiment 1970-173

The impact of the Parachute Regiment In Belfast 1970-73

Pat Finucane Centre-Micheál Smith
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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