House of Commons
NORTHERN IRELAND VICTIM DEFINITION
EDM #2647
Tabled 23 July 2019
2017-19 Session
That this House objects that the definition of victim in the Victims and Survivors (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 and in the context of The Northern Ireland Troubles equates injured and deceased perpetrators with the innocent victims they harmed; deeply regrets that it was this House that passed that legislation; recognises that this has implications for service provision and related issues such as the proposed pension for seriously injured victims; acknowledges the right of everyone, including injured terrorists to avail of State-offered health and social services, but that perpetrators should not be eligible for services and funding specifically made available for victims; believes that innocent victims should not have to interact with terrorists and their supporters when advocating for their own needs; and urges the Government to legislate for a generic UK-wide definition of victim of terrorism which would include victims of Northern Ireland Troubles-connected terrorism.