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‘Coroners, Controversial Deaths, and Northern Ireland’s Past Conflict’

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Written Submission to Dr Richard Haass, Dr Megan O’Sullivan and the Panel of Parties in the NI Executive Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland: Amnesties, Prosecutions and the Public Interest Written Submission to Dr Richard Haass, Dr Megan O’Sullivan and the Panel of Parties in the NI Executive Professor Kieran McEvoy, Dr Louise Mallinder, Professor Gordon Anthony, and Dr Luke Moffett School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, and Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster Amnesties, Prosecutions and the Public Interest in Northern Ireland CONTENTS INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................... 1 KEY ISSUES ......................................................................................................................................... 4 ARE AMNESTIES COMPLIANT WITH THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS?.......... 4 DO VICTIMS HAVE A VETO OVER DECISIONS NOT TO PROSECUTE? ............................................... 5 HOW HAVE AMNESTIES BEEN USED HISTORICALLY IN NORTHERN IRELAND? ............................. 6 The 1969 Amnesty ......................................................................................................................................... 6 Decommissioning .......................................................................................................................................... 7 Early Release of Prisoners .............................................................................................................................. 7 Location of Victims’ Remains ........................................................................................................................ 9 Immunity for Evidence to Public Inquiries ................................................................................................... 9 Proposed Amnesty for the

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