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Commemorating victims of terrorism

It was a challenging privilege to attend an event to mark the 10th European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism held on March 11th in the Senate Chamber at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.

Victims and survivors from diverse backgrounds told stories of the unimaginable inhumanity and futile cruelty they have suffered and endured as a result of terrorism. They spoke articulately and from the heart of the irrefutable obligation they believe they have to speak up for loved ones who can longer speak for themselves and to continue to fight for the truth, justice and services they deserve.

The European Day for Victims of Terrorism was established in some part further to the Madrid train bombings of 11th March 2004. This single atrocity killed almost 200 people and injured almost 2000. I was living in the town from which the terrorists launched their attack and I will never forget the dignified, courageous and united way in which the Spanish people responded to reject the bombers and their perverted ideology.

There are some people who argue that, really, we should just 'draw a line under the past.' For many victims and survivors this is simply not possible or acceptable. They bravely and boldly, with moving perseverance, continue to fight for access to as much justice and information as they can.

It is because of these testimonies that I have consistently worked towards the establishment of an ethical and comprehensive framework on dealing with the past. The Eames Bradley Report was a solid foundation for such a framework and much of the Haass and Stormont House Agreements take from these proposals. Political parties in Northern Ireland must find a way to make these proposals a reality as the victims and survivors of terrorism deserve no less.

Chris in the constituency