Published Wednesday, 23 October 2013
The debate was held on the 20th anniverary of the 1993 Shankill bomb. (© Pacemaker)
The Lagan Valley representative was speaking on Wednesday afternoon during a Westminster debate on dealing with the past in Northern Ireland.
Mr Donaldson said it is an "affront to decency" that those who carried out attacks during the Troubles are defined the same way as those who were caught up in them.
He added: "The DUP remains firmly of the view that you cannot equate the perpetrators of terrorist violence with their innocent victims. Yet that is precisely what the current law does in Northern Ireland under The Victims and Survivors Order.
"This is a law that the DUP is seeking to change."
The debate took place on the 20th anniversary of the 1993 Shankill bomb, which killed 10 people including one of the IRA bombers.
The second man involved in planting the bomb, Sean Kelly, survived the explosion and served seven years in jail before being released under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
Mr Donaldson continued: "That is less than one year for each life that he destroyed that day on the Shankill Road. This is an enormous burden for the families of those victims to bear."
SDLP Leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell said the issue of NI's past is "complex".
He said he hopes the ongoing all-party talks chaired by US diplomat Richard Haass can lead to a breakthrough, but added that the Eames/ Bradley report of 2010 should not be forgotten.
It made a total of 31 recommendations, which included a £12,000 reconciliation payment to families of those killed in the Troubles, including relatives of dead paramilitaries.
Mr McDonnell said: "It is unacceptable that such a balanced and carefully considered document should be apparently forgotten about because of controversy attaching mainly to one of its recommendations in relation to a one-off ex gratia payment to the families of those who have suffered. The SDLP believes Eames/Bradley has still much to commend it."
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, said the government is supportive of the steps that have been made to solve the issues of dealing with the past.
She added: "This government will not condone attempts to glorify or legitimise acts of terrorism and we will never treat the men and women of the police and the army, who acted with such courage and self-sacrifice in upholding the rule of law as equivalent to those who use terrorism to try to further their political ends."
Meanwhile hundreds of people have attended events in memory of the Shankill bomb victims.
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