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?’

Full Story

Rights Info, 30th January 2019

Source: rightsinfo.org

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.’

Full Story

BBC News, 24th January 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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.’

Full Story

Law Pod UK, 21st January 2019

Source: audioboom.com

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.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 21st January 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

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.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 17th January 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 8th January 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

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.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 5th December 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

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.’

Full Story

Litigation Futures, 22nd November 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 27th September 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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.’

Full Story

BBC News, 19th September 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Men acquitted after fatal SAS march in Brecon Beacons – BBC News

Posted September 19th, 2018 in armed forces, health & safety, negligence, news by sally

‘Two men overseeing an SAS selection march in which three reservists died have been acquitted of negligence.’

Full Story

BBC News, 18th September 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

MoD accused of ‘land grab’ for attempting to turn common land into Army firing range – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 14th, 2018 in agriculture, armed forces, commons, news by tracey

‘MoD accused of ‘land grab’ for attempting to turn common land into Army firing range.’

Full Story

Daily Telegraph, 13th September 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Woman was murdered by stalker ex-boyfriend after police blunders, report finds – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 13th, 2018 in armed forces, murder, news, police, reports, stalking by tracey

‘A stalking victim was murdered by her ex-boyfriend after police left it to the soldier’s Army bosses to warn him about his behaviour, a report has found.’

Full Story

Daily Telegraph, 12th September 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Pair face court martial over three deaths on SAS test march – The Guardian

Posted September 4th, 2018 in armed forces, courts martial, duty of care, health & safety, news by sally

‘A major in the British army and a former officer are facing trial by court martial over the deaths of three men who suffered fatal heat illness during an SAS test march in the Brecon Beacons in south Wales.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 3rd September 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Case Comment: R (Bashir & Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 45 Part Two – UKSC Blog

‘The Supreme Court held that the terms of the Convention do not entitle the respondents to be resettled in the UK metropolitan territory. Overall, a state’s duties to a refugee reaching a particular territory – whose international relations the state controls – are in principle and in normal circumstances limited to providing and securing the refugee’s Convention rights in that context.’

Full Story

UKSC Blog, 24th August 2018

Source: ukscblog.com

Case Comment: R (Bashir & Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 45 Part One – UKSC Blog

‘In a complex interim judgment dealing with threshold issues, the Supreme Court has asad-khanheld that both the Refugee Convention 1951 and the 1967 Protocol extend to the UK’s Sovereign Base Areas (SBAs) of Akrotiri and Dhekelia. Britain occupied Cyprus between 1878 and 1960. Secretive deal making with the Ottoman Empire led the British Empire to forge an alliance with the Turks to protect them from Russia. The British initially occupied and administered Cyprus and ultimately annexed it upon the outbreak of the First World War when the British and the Turks found themselves fighting on opposite sides. Turkey recognised the annexation in the Treaty of Lausanne 1923 and that status continued until the settlement between the UK, Greece and Turkey in 1960 when Cyprus became a republic. Like Britain’s other Mediterranean possessions the island was of military and strategic importance rather than economic value. Upon independence in 1960, the UK retained sovereignty over the SBAs to accommodate military bases which are now the only notable British strategic assets in the eastern Mediterranean. These proceedings threw up a number of issues including the respondents’ entitlement to resettlement in the UK under the Convention, the validity of the UK-Cyprus Memorandum of Understanding of 2003 on illegal migrants and asylum seekers, and whether the UK is in principle entitled to discharge its obligations under the Convention by arranging for support to be provided by Cyprus?’

Full Story

UKSC Blog, 24th August 2018

Source: ukscblog.com

Sandhurst cadets allegedly waterboarded fellow recruit – report – The Guardian

Posted August 21st, 2018 in armed forces, bullying, news, torture by sally

‘Military police are investigating allegations that two cadets waterboarded a fellow recruit at Sandhurst military academy.’

Full Story

The Guardian, 18th August 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Soldier left with PTSD when RAF plane plummeted towards ground due to ‘bored pilot’ wins payout – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 7th, 2018 in aircraft, armed forces, compensation, news, post-traumatic stress disorder by sally

‘A soldier left with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when an RAF plane plummeted towards the ground due to a ‘bored pilot’ has won hundreds of thousands of pounds compensation from the MoD.’

Full Story

Daily Telegraph, 6th August 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Pte Sean Benton: Deepcut soldier’s death was suicide, coroner rules – BBC News

Posted July 19th, 2018 in armed forces, bullying, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

‘The death of a young soldier at Deepcut barracks 23 years ago was suicide, a coroner has ruled after a new inquest.’

Full Story

BBC News, 18th July 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Michael Maguire death: Army captain guilty of manslaughter – BBC News

Posted July 5th, 2018 in armed forces, courts martial, firearms, homicide, negligence, news by tracey

‘An Army captain has been convicted of gross negligence manslaughter at a court martial after a soldier was killed during a live fire exercise.’

Full story

BBC News, 4th July 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk