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Northern Ireland (Location of Victims' Remains) Act 1999

Section 1: Definitions

6.This section defines various expressions used in the Act. The Commission is defined in subsection (2) by reference to the Treaty establishing the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains. Subsections (3), (4) and (5) define the three key terms relevant information, victim of violence and proscribed organisation.

7.For a person to be a victim of violence, two conditions must be satisfied—

  • The killing must have taken place before the date of the Belfast Agreement (10th April 1998);

  • It must be the result of an act of violence connected with an organisation which is proscribed for the purpose of the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1996.

8.The following organisations are currently proscribed for the purposes of that Act: The Irish Republican Army, Cumann na mBan, Fianna na hEireann, The Red Hand Commando, Saor Eire, The Ulster Freedom Fighters, The Ulster Volunteer Force, The Irish National Liberation Army, The Irish People’s Liberation Organisation, The Ulster Defence Association, The Loyalist Volunteer Force, The Continuity Army Council, The Red Hand Defenders and the organisation using the name “The Orange Volunteers” and being the organisation in whose name a statement described as a press release was published on 14th October 1998.

9.Only information received by the Commission which relates to the whereabouts of the remains of such a victim of violence – termed relevant information – will trigger the Act’s protections.

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