Belfast Telegraph

Pressure politicians, victims of the Troubles are told

By Noel McAdam

Victims of the Troubles are being urged to pile pressure on the political parties in the run-up to the Stormont election.

Victims Commissioner Judith Thompson said it was essential legislation to deal with the legacy of the past was secured for the next Assembly.

A two-day conference is being organised for March 9-10 at which victims' and survivors' groups will be able to voice their anger and dismay.

The mounting concern comes after the Victims Forum said it was appalled politicians had failed to resolve the so-called legacy issues from the Troubles in the Fresh Start agreement - and demanded apologies from the British and Irish Governments.

A Forum statement said: "All trust and confidence has now been lost in local politicians and both governments cannot continue to ignore the views of victims and survivors.

"We were established in law to be the voice of victims - (but) this voice is no longer being heard."

Mrs Thompson, who is hosting the conference, said it will "allow all victims and survivors groups to make their case before the election".

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