The Committee of Ministers is the decision-making body of Europe’s leading human rights organisation, the Council of Europe. In June 2020, the 1377th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies will examine the execution of judgments made by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in a series of cases in which states have been found to have committed human rights violations.
CAJ regularly makes submissions the Committee of Ministers on the ‘McKerr group of cases’ concerning the actions of the security forces in the 1980s and 1990s in Northern Ireland.
We have sent our latest submission in advance of the 1377th meeting. This has a particular focus on the UK government’s recent departure from its previous stated commitment to the Stormont House Agreement (SHA). We recommend that the Ministers’ Deputies seek information from the UK about how it now intends to meet its international obligations on legacy.
Additionally, our submission raises issues related to the disclosure of information relevant to legacy cases to the Police Ombudsman and Coroners’ courts.
You can download the full submission here.