Belfast Telegraph

Council of Europe chiefs seek plan for Troubles inquests

By Michael McHugh

European ministers have asked the British Government to follow up on part of the Stormont House Agreement dealing with inquests into conflict deaths.

Steps were due to be taken to improve the way the long-delayed hearings function amid major pressure on resources at the coroner's service and police.

The Committee of Ministers of the 47-nation Council of Europe - which is responsible for overseeing the implementation of judgements from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) - welcomed the announcement that the Historical Investigations Unit is to take over legacy cases in Northern Ireland.

The committee was considering the latest developments in the UK Government's implementation of a number of judgements from the ECHR - dating back to 2001 - in cases brought by applicants whose next-of-kin died in the 1980s and 1990s either during security forces operations or in circumstances giving rise to suspicion of collusion with those forces.

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