This document contains the following information: Independent Monitoring Commission - twentieth report.
This report on the continuing activities of paramilitary groups focuses mainly on the six month period 1 September 2007 to 29 February 2008. Of the republican groups, the Commission finds that Ã¢gliagh nÃ¢ireann (ONH), Continuity Irish Republican Army (CIRA), Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) and the Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) remain involved in serious crime and violence, and are still a threat. The Provisional Irish republican Army (PIRA), as reported in the Commission’s last two reports, is committed to an exclusively political path. Of the loyalist groups, the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) is involved in criminal activity with no political purpose; the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) is still a split organisation, with some members heavily involved in violent and serious crime, with no progress towards decommissioning of weapons; the breakaway South East Antrim Group of the UDA is now effectively a separate organisation and is pursuing a policy of community engagement, but involvement in serious crime is still evident; the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and Red Hand Commando (RHC) continue to put weapons ‘beyond reach’, to downsize the organisation, and to reduce the level of criminality on the part of members. The report also contains statistics on the incidence of violence.
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