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Liverpool ECHO | Hillsborough: Families’ justice battle to help Government ‘learn’ from past

The Hillsborough families’ battle for justice will be outlined in a new report drawn up to help the Government learn from their harrowing experiences.

Led by the Right Reverend Bishop James Jones, who oversaw the landmark Hillsborough Independent Panel, the study will focus on the families’ perspective of events since the tragedy.

Plans for the report were announced following last year’s inquest verdicts and took a step forward today with the publication of the study’s terms of reference.

Then Home Secretary Theresa May revealed the proposals after jurors ruled the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives as a result of the disaster were unlawfully killed.

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BBC | Hillsborough campaigner Phil Scraton refuses OBE

Hillsborough campaigner Phil Scraton refuses OBE, explaining that successive governments had blocked the families’ quest for justice, and that he can not accept an award associated by name with imperialism.

“I could not receive an honour on the recommendation of those who remained unresponsive to the determined efforts of bereaved families and survivors to secure truth and justice.”

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In May 2016, Sewol family members visited the UK and met with Hillsborough victims’ families in Liverpool. 

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  1. Meeting the families of Hillsborough disaster victims in Liverpool

BBC North West Tonight reported the meeting of two families and brief summary of the Sewol ferry disaster.

Continue reading “Photos from the Sewol Families UK visit – Day Two”

Sewol Families Visiting Europe – Three Events in London

On 16th April 2014 the South Korean passenger ferry MV Sewol sank en route to Jeju Island, taking the lives of 304 people, mostly high school children.  As the Korean public watched live pictures of the ship dangerously listed and slowly sinking,  authorities responsible for rescue acted with confusion and inertia.  An inexplicable announcement through news media that all passengers had been rescued set the tone for ineptitude that has characterised the handling of one of South Korea’s biggest disasters.

The captain and some crew members, mostly untrained temporary contract workers, were found to be criminally negligent.  However, no one has been prosecuted for the catastrophic overloading of unsecured cargo that almost certainly caused the disaster or the failure to launch a proper emergency rescue.  Two years on, families are still calling for a meaningful inquiry into the disaster.  Stories in South Korean press have emerged discrediting Sewol families as greedy and even ‘North Korean sympathisers’.  Such distortions and an apparent denial of truth and justice have strong echoes of the Hillsborough stadium disaster in the UK.   Continue reading “Sewol Families Visiting Europe – Three Events in London”

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