Select Committee on Northern Ireland Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by the New Dialogue Peace Group

  An Anti-Intimidation Unit is needed, at least on a temporary basis:

    —  to fill the gap in the acceptability of normal policing and judicial processes;

    —  to allow the victims and opponents of paramilitary intimidation a voice;

    —  to sustain a public debate about ridding the Province of the scourge of paramilitarism, often referred to as gangsterism or a Mafia-type culture;

    —  to prepare and issue regular reports to the Government and via the media so that suitable action can be taken against activities that undermine the possibility of building a genuinely inclusive, peaceful and democratic society; and

    —  to assist in providing services for the victims.

  The Unit should be the central body to advise on the problems faced by the victims of intimidation and there should be an outreach office in Great Britain.

  The Unit could be funded, in part, by the international community.

  The Unit should have rigorous procedures to protect the confidentiality of those who use it.

12 March 2001

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