Bitter Legacy: State Impunity in the Northern Ireland Conflict – Report by Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo

An international, independent panel of experts was convened by the Norwegian Center for Human Rights, University of Oslo to provide an authoritative record of the extent to which there is evidence of patterns of impunity by the UK Gov in relation to human rights violations.

This week, they published a report that examined state killings, torture & ill-treatment, & collusion. They concluded that state impunity in the conflict in Northern Ireland can rightly be described as widespread, systematic and systemic.

Some quotes from the report:

State killings: “State actors killed at least 374 people between 1969 and 1998…the majority of victims of state violence were civilians, over seventy percent were undisputedly unarmed at the time of their deaths, and the victims were disproportionally Catholic.”

Torture & Ill-Treatment: The panel concluded “that the State failed to comply with its obligations under Article 3 European Court of Human Rights to effectively investigate complaints of torture and ill-treatment committed by members of the security forces.”

Collusion “was often a deep-seated feature of the practice of state agencies throughout the entire
conflict. It cannot be relegated to the actions of a few rotten apples.”

You can read the full report here: