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Why are so many afraid to confront Britain’s historical links with the slave trade?

"Cambridge University has been accused of opening old wounds, but in curing itself of amnesia it might help Britain understand its past...…"

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...

Legacy of Colonialism booklet

This booklet (attached) provides information about PFC's 'Legacy of Colonialism' exhibition, including further details of the military and civilian costs in each conflict area.

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...

Henry Cunningham Human Rights Essay Competition 2019

On August 9 1973 gunmen opened fire from a bridge over the M2 motorway at a van carrying workmen back to Donegal from a building site near Glengormley. 16 year Henry Cunningham was sitting in the front of the Bedford van when he was shot. He died soon after.

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 (...