Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Annual Report 2002 - United Kingdom

Status of the investigation into the murder of two lawyers42

The government is still refusing, despite repeated calls made by domestic and international NGOs and in particular by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, to set up a public and independent board of enquiry to shed light on the assassination of two lawyers in Northern Ireland, Ms. Rosemary Nelson, a member of the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ), assassinated on 15th March 1999 in Lurgan, and Mr. Pat Finucane, killed in 1989. The international community continues to unanimously denounce the lack of significant progress in the investigations under way, notwithstanding mounting evidence pointing to police and army collusion in these murders.

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42. See Annual Report 2001.


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