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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Dealing with the Past to Build a Just and Peaceful Future: Promise and Challenges of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 9:30am
Room 2255 of the Rayburn House Office Building


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a briefing on the promise and challenges of post-conflict transitional justice and reconciliation efforts in Northern Ireland.

This briefing will feature representatives of several prominent NGOs from Northern Ireland, who will provide a critical analysis of the existing mechanisms for dealing with Northern Ireland’s conflict laden past. Specifically, the panelists will offer an update on accountability for human rights abuses committed during the three decades of political violence, assess progress toward peace made in sixteen years since the Good Friday Agreement and outline gaps in victims' access to truth, justice, and support. The panelists will also discuss a comprehensive approach to addressing Northern Ireland’s past in the context of the recent inter-party political talks, chaired by former U.S. diplomat and now the President of the Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haass.

If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Joseph R. Pitts, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC



  • Alice Wyss, Researcher, European Union Team, Amnesty International
  • Brian Gormally, Director, Committee on the Administration of Justice; member of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Consortium
  • Sean Pender, Relatives for Justice, USA advisory board; State President for the New Jersey Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH); Member of the National Board of the AOH
  • Anne Cadwallader, Caseworker, Pat Finucane Centre, author of the 2013 book "Lethal Allies: British collusion in Ireland"


  • Dr. Leah Wing, Dispute Resolution Faculty (Legal Studies/Political Science Department), University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Member, Healing Through Remembering, Belfast.

Opening Remarks

  • Rep. James P. McGovern, Co-Chair, TLHRC


113th Congress