Security Forces Are the Real 'Defenders' Platform: Vincent McKenna, Northern Ireland Human Rights Bureau Director

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Security Forces Are the Real 'Defenders' Platform: Vincent McKenna, Northern Ireland Human Rights Bureau Director


McKenna, Vincent, The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland)


On Wednesday 2 June 1999 the Northern Ireland Human Rights Bureau presented its first report entitled 'The Human Cost of Peace' to the members of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

While the report focused on the 5 murders (Andrew Kearney, Eamon Collins, Rosemary Nelson, Frankie Curry and Brendan Fagan), 98 shootings, 249 reported beatings, 600 exilings and 1,500 intimidations that have been carried out since the Good Friday Agreement by those terrorist organisations who are supposed to be on ceasefire, it also offered an analysis of deaths by religion and organisation from 1968 to 1999.

The Assembly members were outraged at the ongoing violations of Human Rights by the terrorist organisations who are within the peace process. They were also angered by the cold statistics of our dead and injured over these 30 years.

The statistics for the dead and injured are a grim reminder that both the loyalist and republican terrorists were, and remain, our tormentors rather than our defenders.

For example, loyalist terrorists murdered 983 men, women and children.

This is 27.4 per cent of the total deaths that occurred - 735 of whom were Catholics and 248 of whom were Protestants.

The total number of republicans killed by loyalist terrorists were 26 in 30 years.

This dismisses the republican myth of structured collusion between the security services and loyalist terrorists against the republican movement.

Loyalist terrorists killed ten times more Protestants than they killed republicans.

Republicans for their part murdered 2,001 people. Out of this number, 1,533 were Protestants and 468 were Catholics. These figures combined account for 55.7 per cent of the total dead.

Republican terrorists were, and are, responsible for 85 per cent of the official figure for the maimed and injured. …

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