Date set for court challenge to ban British arms sales to Saudi Arabia – The Independent

Posted October 28th, 2016 in international relations, news, Saudi Arabia, war crimes, weapons by sally

‘A date has been set for a High Court court challenge that could halt British arms sales to Saudi Arabia – amid mounting accusations the country is committing war crimes’

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The Independent, 28th October 2016

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Iraq War: Public Interest Lawyers closes down – BBC News

‘The law firm Public Interest Lawyers, which submitted multiple allegations of misconduct by British troops during the Iraq War, is to close.’

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BBC News, 15th August 2016

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Hundreds of compensation claims against British soldiers could be abandoned after controversial law firm announces closure – Daily Telegraph

‘Hundreds of compensation claims against British soldiers are likely to be abandoned after a controversial law firm accused of “hounding” troops announced that it is closing.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th August 2016

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How the Iraq Inquiry failed to follow the money – OUP Blog

Posted August 8th, 2016 in corruption, inquiries, international law, Iraq, news, statistics, war, war crimes by sally

‘In 2007, I published an article that sought to show in detail how the Iraqi economy had been opened up to allow the transformation of the economy and the routine corruption that enabled a range of private profit-making companies to exploit the post-invasion economy. The article argued that the illegal war of aggression waged by a ‘coalition’ headed by George Bush and Tony Blair was tied to a series of subsequent crimes of pillage and occupation. These included the transformation of the economy and the political system that was explicitly illegal under the terms of the Geneva and Hague Convention; and the mobilisation of political and economic instruments to ‘liberate’ the oil. The recently published Chilcot Report recognizes this corruption – and indeed UK joint legal responsibility for the corruption – and yet the evidence for it has been buried. – See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2016/07/iraq-inquiry-chilcot-money/#sthash.UiY9VxUh.dpuf

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OUP Blog, 31st July 2016

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Outrage as war crimes prosecutors say Tony Blair will not be investigated over Chilcot’s Iraq war report – but British soldiers could be – Daily Telegraph

‘Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court will examine the Chilcot report for evidence of abuse and torture by British soldiers but have already ruled out putting Tony Blair on trial for war crimes.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd July 2016

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House of Lords Sexual Violence in Conflict Committee report: government response – official-documents.gov.uk

Posted July 1st, 2016 in reports, select committees, sexual offences, war, war crimes by tracey

‘The government has now published its response to the report from the House of Lords Select Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict.’

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official-documents.gov.uk, 30th June 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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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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What sort of justice do survivors of sexual war crimes want? – The Guardian

‘Convicting perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict is a milestone but we also need to enable survivors to build their future.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2016

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Cameron wants crackdown on ‘spurious’ military legal claims – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2016 in armed forces, death in custody, Iraq, legal aid, news, torture, war crimes by sally

‘The prime minister has ordered a clampdown on “spurious” legal claims against UK military personnel.’

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BBC News, 22nd January 2016

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Legal aid crackdown to protect troops from being sued – Daily Telegraph

‘ Human rights lawyers who have brought thousands of war crimes cases against British troops will see their taxpayer-funded legal aid cut, in a new assault on “ambulance chasing” law firms. David Cameron has ordered a crackdown after becoming “very concerned” at the boom in compensation claims and investigations against soldiers over incidents in Iraq and Afghanistan.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th January 2016

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Nearly 300 British veterans face investigation over alleged Iraq war crimes – The Guardian

‘Nearly 300 British personnel who served in Iraq have been contacted by investigators looking into allegations of war crimes, with some of them facing interrogation on their doorsteps, officials have said.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2015

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UK court drops extradition case against Rwandan spy chief – The Guardian

Posted August 11th, 2015 in extradition, intelligence services, news, terrorism, war crimes by sally

‘A British court has freed Rwanda’s intelligence chief Karenzi Karake and dismissed an extradition case against him, officials said on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 10th August 2015

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Publication of Chilcot report delayed over criticisms of Blair government – The Guardian

Posted January 7th, 2015 in news, reports, war, war crimes by tracey

‘The long-awaited Chilcot report on the 2003 invasion of Iraq is being held up by rows over criticisms of leading figures in the Blair government and will almost certainly not be published until after the general election, the Guardian has learned. That scenario emerged on Tuesday after former Conservative foreign secretary Lord Hurd described the way the inquiry had dragged on went beyond questions of mere negligence and forgiveable delay. “It is becoming a scandal”, he told peers. He added: “This is not something of trivial importance. It is something of which a large number of people in this country look anxiously for truth.” ‘

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The Guardian, 6th January 2015

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VB (Appellant) v Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Respondent); EN (Appellant) v Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Respondent); CM (Appellant) v Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Respondent); CU (Appellant) v Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Respondent) – Supreme Court

VB (Appellant) v Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Respondent); EN (Appellant) v Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Respondent); CM (Appellant) v Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Respondent); CU (Appellant) v Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Respondent) [2014] UKSC 59 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 5th November 2014

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Binning the smoke alarm: Why repealing the Human Rights Act would be the biggest mistake of a generation – Doughty Street Chambers

‘Following plans announced at the Conservative Party’s recent conference to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights, Harriet Johnson reminds us why we signed it in the first place, and underlines why it remains such an important safeguard over half a century later.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 3rd October 2014

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ICC to examine claims that British troops carried out war crimes in Iraq – The Guardian

‘Allegations that British troops were responsible for a series of war crimes after the invasion of Iraq are to be examined by the international criminal court (ICC) at The Hague, the specialist tribunal has announced.’

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The Guardian, 13th May 2014

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Warning over number of war crime suspects living in UK – BBC News

Posted March 21st, 2014 in immigration, news, statistics, war crimes by sally

‘Official figures may significantly underestimate the number of suspected war criminals living in the UK, the ex-head of the Border Force has warned.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2014

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Suspected foreign war criminals ‘able to stay in UK’ – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2014 in asylum, deportation, human rights, news, war crimes by sally

‘Forty-nine people suspected of genocide, torture or other serious crimes abroad are living in the UK despite being priority cases for deportation, figures reveal.’

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BBC News, 13th February 2014

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War Crimes, Annoyance Injunctions, and the Whole Life Tariff Saga – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 14th, 2014 in armed forces, bills, human rights, injunctions, news, sentencing, war crimes by tracey

‘This week, the International Criminal Court has received a dossier detailing the UK’s involvement in abuse in Iraq. Meanwhile, the House of Lords has put up a fight over the so-called “annoyance injunctions”, while the Government has sought to find a solution to the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling on whole life tariffs.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th January 2014

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