The Council of Europe has issued a stinging rebuke to the UK over its failure to enforce judgments by the European court of human rights (ECHR) involving security force killings and suspected collusion cases in Northern Ireland.
In a resolution published on Thursday, the Council of Europe, which oversees the ECHR, expressed “profound concern” at the government’s failure to effectively investigate legacy cases from the Troubles, including the 1989 murder of the Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.
The committee of ministers made a formal request for the UK to provide further information on several cases by 25 January. It comes only days after the Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, refused to hold a public inquiry into Finucane’s death.
The solicitor was shot dead by loyalist gunmen in front of his wife and three children. It later emerged that Brian Nelson, who directed the attacks, was an agent controlled by the British army’s force research unit.
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