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Hon. Christopher H. Smith, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
March 11, 2011


WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), and Co-Chairman Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), announced today that the Commission will hold a hearing on Northern Ireland.  The hearing will look at continued calls for independent inquiries and accountability for past abuses by security services in Northern Ireland, and will examine implementation of key provisions of the Good Friday Agreement, including those relating to policing and the administration of justice in the region.


"Northern Ireland: Why Justice in Individual Cases Matters"

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

2:00 p.m.

210 Cannon House Office Building


The following witnesses have been invited to testify:

John Finucane, son of Patrick Finucane, human rights lawyer murdered by loyalist paramilitaries

Raymond McCord, father of Raymond McCord, Jr., murdered by loyalist paramilitaries

John Teggart, son of Daniel Teggart, victim of the 1971 Ballymurphy massacre

Ciarán McAirt, grandson of Kitty Irvine, McGurk’s Bar bombing victim

Jane Winter, Director, British Irish Rights Watch


Media Contact: Shelly Han
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