roubles victims from throughout the divide have united to galvanise opposition to the UK Government’s proposals to cope with the previous.
Raymond McCord whose son was killed by loyalists, mentioned they’re assured they’ve the help of Irish politicians and are lobbying the US administration.
In September they’re to stage a protest outdoors Westminster.
Mr McCord was talking at a gathering in Belfast attended by DUP MP Jim Shannon, SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly and Alliance MP Stephen Farry.
It comes after Secretary of State Brandon Lewis final month unveiled proposals which embody a statute of limitation on Troubles prosecutions.
Among the victims to specific opposition had been Julie Hambleton, whose sister was killed in the IRA’s Birmingham pub bombings, Cathy McIlvenny, whose sister and nephew had been killed by loyalists, Michael Gallagher, whose son was killed in the Real IRA’s Omagh bomb, Eugene Reavey, whose three brothers had been killed by loyalists, and Billy McManus whose father was killed in the loyalist assault on Sean Graham bookmakers.
At the assembly in north Belfast on Thursday, Mr McCord mentioned they “totally reject” the proposals, including there will be “no amnesties for those who committed murders, were involved in murders or terrorist actions”.
He additionally accused the UK Government of “attempting to dismantle the justice system” with the proposals to finish Troubles-era inquests and investigations.
“It suppresses truth and justice, is an insult to the memories of those murdered, and is the ultimate betrayal of victims,” he mentioned.
Ms Hambleton described the proposals as “obscene”.
“Believe this Boris Johnson and Brandon Lewis, we’re coming for you,” she mentioned.
“As lengthy as I’ve breath in me and the opposite households, there is no such thing as a means on God’s inexperienced earth will we sit again and permit any authorities to implement a bit of laws that fully wipes away any reminiscence of any of our family members.
“Who needs to reside in a rustic the place they permit mass murderers to proceed to have their liberty and by no means be prosecuted for killing innocents?”
Ms McIlvenny mentioned her household have been left feeling that perpetrators are handled higher than the victims.
Mr McManus mentioned the proposals if carried out will destroy households who hope for justice for his or her family members.
“To know that there will no chance of justice or truth or someone being brought to court, I think the British Government will be the laughing stock of the political world, it is an absolute disgrace,” he mentioned.
Mr Reavey described how in south Armagh his household had been mocked for not becoming a member of the IRA after his brothers had been killed, and as a substitute pursued the authorized route to justice.
“I feel badly let down because after all the years we have been at this and tried to be as dignified as possible … so I’m the laughing stock of south Armagh at the moment, people telling me after all these years of being the righteous man, you’ve been let down,” he mentioned.
“Here we are, kicked in the teeth again, we are all in the same boat, and I don’t think we should have to feel this way.”
Mr Gallagher mentioned that the place individuals do improper, whether or not in police or armed forces uniform, they’re “criminals in uniform”.
“The vast majority of police and soldiers in this country did their duty and did it properly but there are a few and those few need to be addressed,” he mentioned.
He mentioned he’s in place after a High Court choose just lately beneficial that the UK Government undertake a human rights compliant investigation into the atrocity, however mentioned he needs to present solidarity with all victims.
“Murder is murder, nobody is saying Jack the Ripper should get a pardon, it’s never been heard of,” he added.
“We just want to be treated the same as somebody who lives anywhere else in Britain and any other crime committed against us.”
Speaking after the assembly, Mr Shannon, Mr Farry and Ms Kelly pledged to help the victims in their opposition to the legacy proposals.
“We stand together as political parties in our support of them in their rejection of them,” Ms Kelly mentioned.
Mr Farry mentioned: “There is cross-community opposition to this legislation … and our three parties who have MPs are going to fight this tooth and nail, to the very end.”