One of the legacy issues of the former conflict is the ongoing scourge of paramilitary ‘justice’ – often referred to as ‘punishment attacks’. I’ve been working on this issue over many years – and in particular through Public Achievement’s WIMPS (Where Is My Public Servant?) project. My particular focus has been on the impact of this brutality on young people and their families. I am interested in talking to victims, medics who are picking up the pieces – and any others with an interest in this subject, including former or current perpetrators of these attacks.
I will continue to speak out, write and campaign on this issue – which has received shamefully little attention to date from politicians, church leaders or the media. You can read a little of my background on this issue here, and the first-hand story of a victim of one of these attacks here.
I have been doing my own research on this issue, and recently established a ‘Stop Attacks Forum’ with others concerned about this issue. I’d love to hear your ideas about how we can ensure that a proper strategy is designed to bring this dreadful human rights abuse to an end. Over the past year there has been a surge in these attacks (more than 30% higher than the previous year) and my recent report – Beyond the Societal Shrug – will give you a more detailed understanding of the history and impact of this problem, as well as some ideas of how we might move forward in bringing it to an end.