As part of engaging with key stakeholders, the project team held a number of conferences on the issues of amnesties, prosecutions and truth recovery in dealing with the past in Northern Ireland. For all other project outputs, visit our resources page.
The conference was intended to inform the Commissioner on Victims and Survivors’ recommendations to the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) to be delivered at the end of March 2014. It also provided a forum to discuss in depth issues surrounding Dealing with the Past after the Haass-O’Sullivan talks were completed in December 2013. The conference was attended by over 250 delegates from a range of victim organisations, civil society groups, government institutions, and academia.
This conference hopes to encourage an informed discussion around remedying the past. Given the limitations in criminal trials and truth processes, reparations can offer tangible measures to improve the quality of life and dignity of victims and survivors. In light of the fallout around the ‘recognition payment’ in the Consultative Group of the Past’s report, reparations have been a neglected issue in dealing with the past.
This conference hopes to engage civil society with key legal and criminal justice actors in examining the current legal approaches in dealing with the past, and what possible approaches could be adopted in the future. Framed by an exploration of the meaning of ‘public interest’, this project explores the inter-relationship between amnesties or amnesty-like measures and historical prosecutions in Northern Ireland.