Wartime Opt Out Of Human Rights Convention Will Hurt Soldiers And Civilians, Campaigners Say – Rights Info

Posted May 16th, 2019 in armed forces, criminal justice, human rights, Iraq, news, Northern Ireland, war by sally

‘Campaign groups are warning that the new defence secretary’s pledge to opt out of the Human Rights Convention in future conflicts will hurt soldiers and civilians.’

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Rights Info, 15th May 2019

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Military prosecutions: ‘Unfair’ investigations to be barred – BBC News

‘British troops and veterans will be given stronger legal protections against prosecution, Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt will announce.’

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BBC News, 15th May 2019

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Mordaunt hints at amnesty for historical actions by UK soldiers – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2019 in armed forces, bills, news, Northern Ireland, time limits by sally

‘The new defence secretary, Penny Mordaunt, declared that army veterans should not be “pursued unfairly for events that took place decades ago” hinting that she favoured an amnesty for British soldiers from historical prosecutions.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2019

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Falklands veteran ‘forced out over sexuality’ plans to sue MoD – BBC News

‘A Falklands veteran forced out of the Royal Navy over his sexuality plans to sue for the return of military honours.’

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BBC News, 8th May 2019

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Judge warns veteran that PTSD is not a ‘get out of jail free card’ – Daily Telegraph

‘PTSD is not a “get out of jail free card”, a judge has warned as he jails a veteran who blamed his crimes on “harrowing” experiences in Afghanistan.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd April 2019

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Daniel Hegarty: ‘Soldier B’ to be prosecuted over murder of Northern Ireland teenager in 1972

Posted April 15th, 2019 in armed forces, murder, news, Northern Ireland, prosecutions by michael

‘A former soldier is to be prosecuted over the murder of a teenage boy, who was shot twice in the head in Derry in 1972.’

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The Independent, 15th April 2019

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Revenge porn threats should be made illegal, review suggests, after Alice Ruggles murder – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 20th, 2019 in armed forces, domestic violence, murder, news, police, pornography, stalking by sally

‘Revenge porn threats should be made illegal after the murder of Alice Ruggles, a domestic homicide review has recommended.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th March 2019

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MoD hit with indemnity costs for disclosure failure – Litigation Futures

Posted March 8th, 2019 in armed forces, costs, disclosure, indemnities, news by sally

‘The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been ordered to pay indemnity costs after the High Court ruled that it “has not begun to grapple with its obligations in terms of disclosure” in a procurement challenge.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th March 2019

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Former Royal Marine reaches agreement with MoD after suing for hearing loss – Daily Telegraph

‘A Former Royal Marine has reached an agreement with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) after suing for hearing loss, in a case that could cost the government millions.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th March 2019

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Criminal investigation launched into circumstances which led to soldier’s death at Deepcut Barracks – Daily Telegraph

‘Surrey Police have opened a criminal investigation into the circumstances which led to the death of a soldier who was kicked and punched by an instructor days before his suicide.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2019

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Brexit, Martial Law And Human Rights – Rights Info

‘In recent days it’s been reported that the government is drawing up plans to impose martial law in the event of the UK exiting the EU without a deal. But what does that actually mean and how does it impact our rights?’

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Rights Info, 30th January 2019

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UK government pays £1m to Cyprus ‘torture victims’ – BBC News

Posted January 24th, 2019 in armed forces, class actions, Cyprus, damages, news, rape, sexual offences, torture, victims by tracey

‘Thirty-three Cypriots who claimed they were tortured by British forces during an armed uprising in the late 1950s are to be awarded £1m damages, to be shared between them, by the UK government.’

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BBC News, 24th January 2019

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Ep. 62: Court claims from the empire’s long shadow – Law Pod UK

‘Last year the High Court ruled out claims against the British Government brought by people caught up in the Mau Mau emergency in Kenya in the 1950s. The allegations of brutality against guards employed by the Colonial Office were time-barred by the half-century that has elapsed since the events took place. Guy Mansfield QC represented the Foreign Office in this litigation and discusses the importance of the Limitation Act with Rosalind English.’

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Law Pod UK, 21st January 2019

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Former soldier who contracted Q fever in Afghanistan sues MoD – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2019 in Afghanistan, armed forces, duty of care, news by tracey

‘A former soldier is suing the Ministry of Defence over its failure to protect him from contracting Q fever in Afghanistan.

It is the first case to test the MoD’s duty to protect against Q fever, according to Hilary Meredith Solicitors, acting for Bass. The five-day trial, starting at Central London county court on Monday, will examine the extent of any duty owed by the army to Bass in relation to Q fever, and whether that duty was breached.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2019

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SRA pays Leigh Day £1m in costs to end disciplinary case – Legal Futures

‘The highly contentious Leigh Day disciplinary case has come to an end with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) paying the firm £1m in costs after the regulator’s unsuccessful appeal.’

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Legal Futures, 17th January 2019

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Limit prosecutions of army veterans, says top human rights lawyer

Posted January 9th, 2019 in armed forces, limitations, news, prosecutions by sally

‘A statute of limitations could be used to prevent prosecution of military veterans for less serious historical offences, a leading human rights lawyer has suggested.’

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The Guardian, 8th January 2019

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Police, military and courts lagging decades behind on ethnic diversity – The Guardian

Posted December 6th, 2018 in armed forces, diversity, judiciary, minorities, news, police by sally

‘Some of the groups wielding the most power in British society, such as the police, the judiciary and the military, are decades away from becoming as ethnically diverse as the population they serve, Guardian analysis has found.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2018

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High Court pulls plug on CFA-backed Kenya group action – Litigation Futures

Posted November 22nd, 2018 in armed forces, class actions, colonies, fees, Kenya, limitations, news, rape, torture by tracey

‘The High Court yesterday dismissed the group litigation brought on behalf of more than 40,000 claimants in the so-called Mau Mau case, after six years of work done by lawyers operating on a “no win, no fee” basis.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd November 2018

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Council secures Ofcom ruling in complaint of unfairness against Piers Morgan – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 27th, 2018 in armed forces, complaints, housing, local government, media, news by tracey

‘Herefordshire Council has welcomed regulator Ofcom’s decision to partly uphold a complaint of unfairness that it made against television presenter Piers Morgan.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th September 2018

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Brecon Beacons SAS deaths: Call for MoD to face courts – BBC News

Posted September 20th, 2018 in armed forces, courts martial, criminal justice, immunity, negligence, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘The Ministry of Defence has not learned lessons from the deaths of three men on an SAS march and should lose its immunity from prosecution, an MP says.’

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BBC News, 19th September 2018

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