Progressive Unionist Party Response to Red Hand Commando request to be removed from list of Proscribed organisations

“The Progressive Unionist Party of Northern Ireland welcomes today’s statement from the Red Hand Commando.

We understand the hurt that has been felt as a result of the troubles and we understand how difficult a step this may be for some. However, having shown “True and abject remorse” for its actions, those associated with the RHC have led by example in demobilising and reintegrating with the wider community.

They have engaged in activities that promote and support peace, build capacity within their community and positively engaged in guiding the loyalist community away from violence and paramilitary activity.

These actions should be encouraged and supported by all as part of our reconciliation process and serve as an example for other paramilitary organisations to follow.”