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The politics of amnesty: Lessons from Northern Ireland

The Troubles in Northern Ireland took about 3,500 lives over a 30-year period between 1968 and 1998. The tripartite conflict involving British soldiers and paramilitaries from both sides of the sectarian divide brought death and destruction not only to each other, but also to the civilian populations whom they were supposed to protect. Despite the by and large successful resolution of the conflict with the signing of the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) in 1998, its legacy still casts a long shadow over the traumatised region up to this day.