Legacy inquests: Article 2 of the ECHR and the right to life
Over the next month we will publish a weekly series of four articles by Neil Faris, a lawyer. In these articles Mr Faris examines the legal background to the ‘right to life’ procedural requirements (as contained in Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights) which are currently driving the demands for inquests into contested deaths in the Troubles.
Mr Faris is in no doubt that there must be effective, independent investigations into all the deaths during the course of the Troubles. But he challenges the assumption that inquests are necessarily the only means of achieving such end. The political talks at Stormont are currently stalled because of the general election. But when they resume in June the question of ‘legacy investigations’ will be at the centre of the talks.
Mr Faris suggests there has been inadequate thought and a failure of political and legal imagination of how this difficult matter might best be tackled in the best interests of everyone in the community: