Hillsborough Report: Families “strike for society” in the fight against injustice.


It sheds light on the “burning injustice” so often faced by families devastated by public tragedy, and seeks to highlight the cultural changes needed for the good of all.

Recognized this afternoon in Parliament, it offers a detailed and harrowing insight into what those closest to 96 have been through since the 1989 tragedy.

ECHO looks at Bishop Jones’ report, his goals and the hope that the families’ struggle will help others.

And – as the title of the report makes clear – he does so in the hope that “the pain and suffering of the families in Hillsborough will not be repeated”.

The jury also concluded that Liverpool FC fans who had travelled to Sheffield to watch their team play Nottingham Forest were not to blame for the disaster.

Bishop Jones was asked to investigate the experiences of the Hillsborough families following the conclusion of the re-investigation last year.

This investigation – the longest jury hearing in British history – ended with the jury deciding that the Reds’ fans who died in the FA Cup semi-final were unlawfully killed.

Following these verdicts, which were handed down in April last year, then Home Secretary Theresa May asked Bishop Jones to compile the report so that lessons could be learned.

He emphasized “the patronizing attitude of an unaccountable power”-and expressed concern that public institutions too often sacrifice the public interest to defend their own actions.

The 117-page report raises devastating questions about the integrity of public institutions when they are scrutinized after tragedies like Hillsborough.

By challenging a culture that is sometimes accused of “defending the indefensible,” the report describes in great detail what is needed to ensure that no one ever suffers as much as Hillsborough families.

In his speech today, the Prime Minister said: “We will not forget them [the families], we will not forget their experiences and we will make sure that we learn from them and learn from them to improve the experiences of others in the future”.

And by addressing these issues in a report requested by the current Prime Minister – who has acknowledged his recommendations in Parliament today – there can be no excuse for not learning from the unnecessary suffering that families have endured over the past 28 years.

The bishop, who chaired the landmark report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel that paved the way for the new research, cites 25 “learning points” from his investigation.


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