‘From Warfare to Lawfare’- UVPS publishes response to IRC Paramilitary report
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“Notwithstanding the ‘design fault’ within the Fresh Start process, it is important to note that loyalist organisations do not get the credit deserved for the manner in which the respective groups have been held together in a cohesive manner. There are no dissident loyalists, and that is to the credit of the loyalist leadership which has moved at a pace which has for the most part brought all its constituent parts on the journey. Whilst there may be many legitimate differences of political opinion, loyalism is united on the core issue of believing that violence must remain firmly in the past and activism must now be carried out by purely peaceful means.
“Real transition must be about offering those who are involved in paramilitary groups based on political convictions with the means of pursuing their objectives via lawful means. There is nothing wrong with weaponising the law; indeed, it may be said that the purest route to transition and a culture of lawfulness is empowering communities to use the law as their weapon. That is the true essence of transition; from warfare to lawfare.”
Unionist Voice Policy Studies – From Warfare to Lawfare