A call has been made for a Government-led taskforce to map the concentration of innocent victims and survivors of terrorism throughout Great Britain.
Justice for Innocent Victims of Terrorism (JIVT) spokesman Kenny Donaldson spoke out after he joined a group of 50 Ulster victims who travelled to Birmingham “as part of an initiative to build stronger links between innocent victims and survivors of terrorism across the United Kingdom”.
During the trip they met with those affected by the Birmingham pub bombings where 21 people were killed and 160 were injured.
“In recent days the Chancellor announced a funding package for the Warrington Peace Centre to support its work with those affected by the Troubles,” said Mr Donaldson.
“We acknowledge the impact of the Warrington bomb and we are supportive that resources are made available to assist innocent victims/survivors of terrorism caught up with that atrocity and for the betterment of others affected by terrorism who are connected to that centre’s work.
“However, we would say this; the Chancellor and others must hear the pain of the innocent victims and survivors of terrorism based throughout Great Britain.”
Mr Donaldson added that providing “continuance funding to the Warrington Peace Centre is a soft option”.
“What needs to happen is a Government-led taskforce which would carry out a mapping exercise of where the concentration of innocent victims and survivors of terrorism are located throughout Great Britain.”
Mr Donaldson said his group will “continue to press the Westminster Government on these issues”.
He said “they must step up to the plate and provide for UK citizens who were/are the innocent victims and survivors of terrorism”.
Mr Donaldson said for many GB-based victims or survivors of terrorism the Warrington Peace Centre’s approach would “not sit easily” with their own perspective around justice and truth issues.
“It is therefore unsustainable to fund a single centre for work connected to the support of innocent victims/survivors of terrorism,” he said.
“We stand shoulder to shoulder with GB-based victims and survivors of terrorism – they must be given a standing and acknowledgement that has not been forthcoming to date.”