Good Friday Agreement Criminal Record

1. Participants recognize that policing is a central theme in any society. They also recognise that the history of Northern Ireland`s deep divisions has made it very moving, with serious injuries and sacrifices caused by many individuals and their families, including those of the RUC and other officials. They believe that the agreement offers the possibility of a new start to policing in Northern Ireland with a police service capable of obtaining and maintaining the support of the Community as a whole. They also believe that this agreement offers a unique opportunity to bring about a new political dispensation that recognises the full and equal legitimacy and value of the identities, sense of belonging and ethics of all regions of the Community in Northern Ireland. They consider that this opportunity should inform and support the development of a police representative with regard to the absence of the entire Community corps, which should be regularly disarmed in a peaceful environment. The Good Friday Agreement provided for an elected assembly of 108 members in Northern Ireland. The Assembly would be able to exercise executive and legislative authority and is subject to safeguards to protect the rights and interests of all parts of the Community. In accordance with the agreement, the Assembly should be elected on the basis of representative and transferable proportional voting. In order to safeguard the interests and rights of all parties, the agreement also required the proportional distribution of the members of the Committee within the Assembly. The Review Group issued a report on 30 March 2000.

The group made 294 recommendations on issues relating to human rights, criminal prosecution, courts, justice, victims and humidity, as well as legislative reform. These recommendations also concerned the establishment of an independent judicial appointment monitoring commission, the integration of restorative justice into the judicial system and the transfer of the criminal justice system to the Northern Ireland Assembly.1 In 2000, the Department of Education established comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta (CnaG), a representative body of Irish education. According to the CnaG, in 2012 there were around 90 schools in pre-school, primary and post-school education providing nearly 5,000 children with middle-Irish education1. Before the agreement, fewer than 500 pupils were enrolled in Irish-language schools. The agreement reaffirmed its commitment to „mutual respect, civil rights and religious freedoms for all in the community.“ The multi-party agreement recognised „the importance of respect, understanding and tolerance with regard to linguistic diversity“, in particular with regard to the Irish language, the Ulster Scots and the languages of other ethnic minorities in Northern Ireland, „all of which are part of the cultural richness of the island of Ireland“. The agreement called for the creation of an independent commission to audit police rules in Northern Ireland, „including ways to promote broad community support“ for these agreements. The UK government has also pledged to „carry out a comprehensive review“ of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland. Taking into account the policing principles set out in the agreement, the Commission will examine police work in Northern Ireland and present, on the basis of its results, proposals for future police structures and regulations, including the possibility of promoting broad Community support for these regulations. . .

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