Posted by: the watchmen | February 20, 2009

Orange Order calls for “Victims Distinction”.

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By Staff reporter
A CLEAR distinction needs to be made between the “innocent victims” of the Northern Ireland Troubles and the perpetrators of the atrocities.
That was the call from the Co Down Grand Orange Lodge, who have voiced heavy criticism about the controversial Eames-Bradley report.

The 190-page report, which was compiled by the Consultative Group on the Past and contains more than 30 recommendaADVERTISEMENTtions, was unveiled last month.

The plans include a £12,000 payment for families of all those killed.

This proposal has invoked anger from unionists and some victims’ groups, as it would include republican and loyalist paramilitaries.

Included in the proposals are the setting up of a legacy commission to take over the work of the police ombudsman and the Historical Enquiries Team, and the prevention of any new public inquiries.

The lodge held a meeting in Newcastle recently where they expressed “outrage” at the report, which they blasted as “fundamentally flawed”.

A spokesman said that families from Co Down were particularly angered by “the suggestion that the families of innocent victims should be treated in a similar way to those whose family members were involved in terrorist activity”.

He continued: “This is a very delicate subject and those involved should not be engaged in an exercise to rewrite history.

“A clear distinction should be made between the innocent victims of the terrorist campaign that was waged against Northern Ireland and those who perpetrated such atrocities.”

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