Final Report of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning
This is the Final Report of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning. The Commission's mandate began on 26 August 1997 in accordance with Reference D, which was brought into force on 24 September that year when the two Governments formally established the Commission. Legislation required that the mandate be renewed annually by both Governments to give the Commission immunity from prosecution to interact with proscribed organizations, and to give paramilitary groups amnesty to have their arms decommissioned without being used in evidence for prosecution. The mandate was extended annually over the following twelve years by both Governments, until their decision not to renew it in 2010. Thus it ended in Northern Ireland at midnight on Tuesday 9 February 2010 and in Ireland at midnight on Thursday 25 February 2010.