Author : PSRP Category : policy-event, publications, transitional-justice-institute
Professor McWilliams (TJI) is a member of the three-person panel whose report on paramilitarisim in Northern Ireland has been published by the Northern Ireland Executive. The report is titled ‘The Fresh Start Panel report on the Disbandment of Paramilitary Groups in Northern Ireland’.
In December 2015, the members of the Panel were appointed by the Northern Ireland Executive to produce a report by the end of May 2016 with “recommendations for a strategy to disband paramilitary groups”. This task flowed from the Fresh Start agreement which included commitments to help bring about an end to “paramilitary activity”.
The Northern Ireland Executive give the following further details:
Following the murders of two men in Belfast during the summer of 2015, the UK Government published an assessment of the current activities of paramilitary groups. In line with the conclusions of the Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC), the assessment concluded that none of the paramilitary groups which have long been on ceasefire were involved in planning or conducting terrorist attacks. However, individual members, or former members, of paramilitary groups continue to engage in criminal activity.