Chagos Islanders’ fate to be decided by top court – The Guardian

‘A decades-long battle by the exiled people of the Chagos Islands to be allowed to return home will reach its conclusion on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2016

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Family may be granted fresh Deepcut inquest into Sean Benton death – The Guardian

Posted June 15th, 2016 in armed forces, inquests, news by sally

‘The family of a second young soldier who died at Deepcut barracks in Surrey might be granted a second inquest into his death.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2016

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Judge slams ‘disgraceful behaviour’ and armed forces drinking culture as Royal Navy officer is cleared of rape – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 8th, 2016 in alcohol abuse, armed forces, courts martial, judges, news, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘A judge has slammed the “disgraceful behaviour” and drinking culture in the armed forces as a Royal Navy officer was cleared of the rape of a drunken colleague following a training college ball.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2016

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Deepcut: Inside the chaotic, demoralised and highly-sexualised barracks where four young recruits died – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 3rd, 2016 in armed forces, inquests, news by sally

‘When Private Cheryl James was preparing to move from Leconfield to Deepcut Barracks for the next stage of her Army training, an instructor gave her and her friends ominous advice.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd June 2016

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Cheryl James inquest: Deepcut soldier verdict due – BBC News

Posted June 3rd, 2016 in armed forces, duty of care, inquests, news by sally

‘The coroner at the inquest into the death of a soldier found shot at Deepcut barracks in Surrey is set to announce his verdict.’

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BBC News, 3rd June 2016

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US air base attack plot: British man Junead Khan jailed – BBC News

Posted May 16th, 2016 in armed forces, conspiracy, murder, news, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘A delivery driver from Luton has been jailed for life, with a minimum term of 12 years, for plotting to kill US personnel outside an air base.’

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BBC News, 13th May 2016

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Court rejects 600 Iraqis’ claims of mistreatment by UK soldiers – The Guardian

Posted May 12th, 2016 in appeals, armed forces, compensation, Iraq, news, Supreme Court, time limits by sally

‘Claims by more than 600 Iraqi civilians alleging that they were unlawfully detained and physically mistreated by British soldiers have been dismissed by the supreme court in London.’

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The Guardian, 12th May 2016

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Ministry of Defence faces legal claims over malaria drug – BBC News

‘A group of military personnel are seeking damages from the Ministry of Defence over an anti-malarial drug they say has caused mental health problems.’

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BBC News, 11th May 2016

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The Government Wants To Limit Human Rights Of Soldiers. Don’t They Deserve Protecting? – RightsInfo

Posted May 10th, 2016 in armed forces, human rights, news by sally

‘Today [8 May] is the anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, marking 71 years since the end of the Second World War. Unfortunately, many soldiers have been injured or lost their lives since then. If and when the Government’s consultation on scrapping the Human Rights Act materialises, the relationship between those soldiers, the Ministry of Defence and human rights will play a central role in the debate.’

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RightsInfo, 8th May 2016

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Afghan interpreter asks ‘how many more must die’ as he loses High Court fight – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 10th, 2016 in Afghanistan, appeals, armed forces, immigration, interpreters, news by sally

‘An Afghan interpreter who served alongside British troops on the front line has pleaded to be “allowed to live in safety, free of threats from the Taliban” after losing his High Court fight for better protection.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th May 2016

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UK drone strikes ‘could leave all those involved facing murder charges’ – The Guardian

‘British drone pilots, intelligence officers and ministers could face murder charges if the government does not clarify its policies on targeted killing, a parliamentary committee has warned.’

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The Guardian, 10th May 2016

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British bill of rights could ‘unravel’ constitution, say MPs – The Guardian

‘The government’s proposed bill of rights will hamper the fight against crime, undermine the UK’s international moral authority and could start “unravelling” the constitution, a cross-party parliamentary committee is warning.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2016

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UK’s claims over Saudi bombing in Yemen ‘deeply disappointing’, say MPs – The Guardian

‘The British government’s claim that Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign in Yemen has not breached international humanitarian law is “deeply disappointing” and contributes to an “anything goes” attitude from the opposing sides in the conflict, the international development select committee has said.’

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The Guardian, 4th May 2016

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Transgender woman facing military service as a man can stay in UK – The Guardian

Posted April 28th, 2016 in armed forces, asylum, deportation, immigration, news, transsexuals by tracey

‘A transgender woman has been granted sanctuary in the UK to protect her from doing compulsory military service as a man in Singapore. In the first case of its kind, two judges ruled that she should not be forcibly returned to her home country, where she would be forced to do two weeks of military service a year for the next eight years.’

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The Guardian, 27th April 2016

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Regina (Al-Saadoon and others) v Secretary of State for Defence (No 2) – WLR Daily

Regina (Al-Saadoon and others) v Secretary of State for Defence (No 2) [2016] EWHC 773 (Admin)

‘The claimants brought public law claims in the courts of the United Kingdom arising out of the British military involvement in Iraq between 2003 and 2009. The claims involved allegations of ill-treatment and in some cases unlawful killing, of Iraqi civilians by British soldiers. By their claims for judicial review the claimants sought court orders requiring the Secretary of State to investigate alleged human rights violations. Issues arose relating to the UK’s obligations under articles 2 and 3 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, including (i) the nature and scope of the state’s substantive obligation under article 2 of the Convention in relation to the use of lethal force while seeking to quell riots and uphold law and order during the occupation of Iraq, (ii) when the investigative duty under article 2 arose in such circumstances and (iii) the effect of delay on the investigative duties under articles 2 and 3 where the allegations of breach of the substantive rights were made many years after the incidents in question.’

WLR Daily, 7th April 2016

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MoD could face manslaughter charges over training deaths following calls it should lose immunity from prosecution – The Independent

‘The British military could face charges of corporate manslaughter under landmark changes in law being proposed by a parliamentary committee.’

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The Independent, 24th April 2016

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Judge criticises army drink and sex culture as two former soldiers cleared of rape – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 21st, 2016 in alcohol abuse, armed forces, courts martial, inquests, news, rape, suicide by tracey

‘A judge has criticised a culture of “excessive drinking” and sexual relationships within the Royal Military Police, as two former soldiers were acquitted of raping a colleague who later killed herself.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th April 2016

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Deepcut inquest: Bullet wound ‘consistent’ with self-inflicted injury – BBC News

Posted April 19th, 2016 in armed forces, expert witnesses, firearms, forensic science, inquests, news, suicide by sally

‘The bullet wound that killed a teenage soldier was “consistent” with a self-inflicted injury, according to a ballistics expert.’

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BBC News, 18th April 2016

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Ministers drop plans for war powers law – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2016 in armed forces, bills, news, parliament, war by sally

‘Ministers have abandoned plans to introduce a war powers act that would enshrine into law a commitment to seek parliamentary approval before deploying British troops in combat.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2016

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Pressure builds for investigation into London arms trade fair after judge sees evidence of illegal weapons sales – The Independent

‘Anti-arms trade campaigners have put pressure on the Government to act after officials’ business-as-usual response to a court ruling warning that illegal arms could be changing hands at at London arms fair.’

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The Independent, 16th April 2016

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