Nicholson calls for international co-operation and support for victims

Jim Nicholson made his call during a debate in the European Parliament
Jim Nicholson made his call during a debate in the European Parliament

Ulster Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson has called for greater international co-operation and sharing of best practice to support “innocent victims and survivors of terrorism”.

Speaking in a European Parliament debate on “Protection for Victims of Terrorism”, Mr Nicholson said his sympathies go out to all victims of terrorism “across Europe and beyond”.

He said: “Historically, terrorists have not worked in isolation but have shared expertise, know-how and equipment between groups. It is therefore only right that we share best practice in protecting and supporting the needs of innocent victims and survivors of terrorism.

“Innocent victims and survivors have a right to truth and justice – they also have a right not to be retraumatised by terrorists seeking to glorify their terror.”

He added: “Contributions in the debate by Spanish MEP Teresa Jimenez-Becerril, whose brother and sister-in-law were murdered by Basque terrorists, were particularly powerful and I was glad to have the opportunity to speak with her and other colleagues after the debate about how we can share best practice in supporting innocent victims whether they are in Northern Ireland, the rest of the UK, the Republic of Ireland or across Europe.”