Victims of the IRA Docklands bombing have condemned Government proposals to end prosecutions for Troubles offences as “immoral and abhorrent”.
Two people were killed and many others injured by the IRA bomb, which had been left in a lorry in the London Docklands on February 9 1996.
Some of those who were hurt, as well as family members of victims, met with officials from the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) on Wednesday to outline their opposition to the Government plans.
Last month, Northern Ireland Secretary of State Brandon Lewis announced that he intends to introduce legislation to create a proposed statute of limitations which would end all prosecutions for incidents up to April 1998 and would apply to military veterans as well as ex-paramilitaries.
The plan has been heavily criticised by all the main political parties in Northern Ireland as well as the Irish Government, and a range of victims’ and survivors’ groups.
A statement on behalf of the Docklands Victims Association said: “This has caused immense distress to all the innocent victims of the Troubles.
“On behalf of all the victims of the Troubles within mainland GB, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland we have expressed to the Northern Ireland Office our concerns as we feel very strongly that no amnesty should be issued.
“The killing of innocent people, including children, and leaving people severely disabled are undoubtedly crimes against humanity and should never be given immunity from prosecution.
“This would be immoral and abhorrent to any civilised society.”
“In addition a number of letters and emails have been sent by the victims and their families to prevent this absurd legislation.
“We feel any kind of amnesty for those who commit terrorist atrocities such as those witnessed during the Troubles would encourage and inspire other new terrorists who try to achieve their aims by horrific violence.”
“Murder is a heinous crime and any kind of immunity from a crime of such magnitude is immoral and devalues humanity.”