A Northern Ireland Amnesty Bill Could Thwart Victims’ Fight for Justice

Families of victims of the Ballymurphy massacre react after an inquest ruled that 10 people killed during a military operation in west Belfast 50 years ago were “entirely innocent,” Belfast, Northern Ireland, May 11, 2021 (AP photo by Peter Morrison).
Families of victims of the Ballymurphy massacre react after an inquest ruled that 10 people killed during a military operation in west Belfast 50 years ago were “entirely innocent,” Belfast, Northern Ireland, May 11, 2021 (AP photo by Peter Morrison).
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BELFAST, Northern Ireland—For the past 15 years, Northern Ireland has held a special “Day of Reflection” on June 21, when people stop to remember the 3,500 people killed during “The Troubles.” That understated shorthand refers to the four decades of conflict pitting British soldiers, police and pro-British loyalist gunmen against the Irish nationalist Provisional Irish Republican Army, or PIRA—a conflict that finally ended with the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. This year, the Day of Reflection was particularly poignant, as it marked the 50th anniversary of the Troubles’ most bloody year, 1972, when 479 people were killed in the U.K. […]

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