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Statement by FBGA December 2007.


Re: Truth and Reconciliation Commission proposed by

Lord Clyde, Professor Marshall and Bronwen Cohen in The Herald


Ref: Truth and Reconciliation Commission being proposed


10th December 2007


Dear Colleagues


Further to a newspaper article appearing in The Herald, society on the 5th December 2007 quoting Professor Marshall, Bronwen Cohen and Lord Clyde with regards the proposed formation and possible setting up of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Scotland concerning institutional historical abuse.


FBGA's Aims have been to call for a Full Judicial Independent Inquiry into Quarriers Homes past abuse issues


FBGA position as a group is that while there may be some merits in what is being mooted with regards a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we have serious concerns and reservations that such a process could interfere with the following rights and legal obligations that individuals and organisations have including victim survivors in our view.



We understand following discussions within FBGA with survivors internally and externally of FBGA within Scotland and outwith that the points outlined in this letter are the prevailing views of the majority of survivors and there group representatives.


FBGA would have liked to have been fully consulted prior to this process being proposed by Lord Clyde, Professor Marshall and Bronwen Cohen or any other process being envisaged or proposed in the future. Individuals within FBGA or outwith who wish such a process as Truth and Reconciliation are entitled to campaign for their Aims outwith FBGA.


FBGA as a group at the heart of the issues with many members having been through the Scottish Courts will not be diverted by others from our original Aims and Objectives which are clearly posted on the FBGA website. One of these major Aims was reinforced and stated publicly in the Scottish Parliament in December 2004 calling for a Full Independent Judicial Inquiry into Quarriers Homes. FBGA continue to work constructively with the Scottish Government and others to ensure that all Survivors and their families in Scotland have full access to health and social services in the future. These discussions and deliberations are ongoing and FBGA will continue to keep everyone fully informed openly and transparently. All Subgroup minutes will be posted on the FBGA website.



David Whelan

FBGA (Former Boys and Girls Abused in Quarriers Homes).