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

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    The Court of Appeal, by a majority of two to one, said it was satisfied that the treatment to which Hood ed Men had been subjected to would if it occurred today pro perly be characterised as torture , bearing in mind that the European Convention on Human Rights is a living instrument, but that the t...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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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