UK special forces have power over Afghan sanctuary claims despite investigation into alleged SAS crimes – The Independent

Posted February 20th, 2024 in Afghanistan, armed forces, conflict of interest, inquiries, news, war crimes, witnesses by tracey

‘UK special forces have frustrated efforts by Afghan troops to gain sanctuary in Britain despite the fact that some of the Afghan soldiers could be witnesses to crimes allegedly committed by British units.’

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The Independent, 19th February 2024

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Royal Marines to fight MoD in court in asbestos claim – BBC News

‘A group of 260 Royal Marines have issued proceedings against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) amid claims they were “knowingly” exposed to asbestos.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2024

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Union reports MoD to watchdog over handling of sexual abuse allegations – The Guardian

‘The Ministry of Defence has been reported to the equalities watchdog after claims from female civil servants that it has failed adequately to address allegations of sexual harassment and assault. The union Prospect wrote to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) asking for an investigation into whether the MoD was failing in its public sector equalities duty in relation to discrimination, harassment and victimisation. The EHRC will now have to decide whether to take action.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2024

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Rastafarian soldier wins racism case against Army – BBC News

‘One of the British Army’s first Rastafarian guardsmen has won a claim of race discrimination and harassment against the Ministry of Defence.’

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BBC News, 13th December 2023

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MoD fined after email blunder risked Afghan interpreters’ lives – BBC News

‘The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been fined £350,000 over an email blunder that exposed details of interpreters fleeing Afghanistan.’

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BBC News, 13th December 2023

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Veterans demand Commons debate on review into past armed forces gay ban – BBC News

‘The government has dropped a key commitment to veterans who were sacked or forced out of the military for being gay, sources have told the BBC.’

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BBC News, 11th December 2023

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Sixty women at MoD complain of widespread ‘toxic’ and ‘hostile’ behaviour – The Guardian

‘Sixty senior women at the UK’s Ministry of Defence have described a “hostile” and “toxic” culture at the department in a letter that alleges sexual assault, harassment and abuse by male colleagues.’

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The Guardian, 16th November 2023

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Afghan former interpreter with British army resettles in UK after legal battle – The Guardian

‘An Afghan former interpreter with the British army has resettled in the UK with his family after a lengthy legal battle with the government, more than two years after being initially approved for relocation.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2023

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Victims will have say in jurisdiction of criminal cases involving armed forces – Law Society’s Gazette

‘For the first time, the views of alleged victims will be considered when deciding whether the civilian or military justice system should deal with criminal cases involving a member of the armed forces.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 27th October 2023

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Army members allowed to give evidence to living standards inquiry – BBC News

Posted October 20th, 2023 in armed forces, evidence, government departments, housing, inquiries, news by tracey

‘Members of the armed forces will be permitted to give evidence to MPs about the standard of their living quarters in a partial government climbdown.’

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BBC News, 16th October 2023

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Inquiry to open into claims British soldiers summarily killed 80 Afghans – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2023 in Afghanistan, armed forces, homicide, inquiries, news by sally

‘A public inquiry into allegations that 80 Afghans were summarily killed by members of three different British SAS units begins on Monday amid pleas from victims’ families to uncover the truth behind the deaths.’

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The Guardian, 9th October 2023

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Met police request support from army after officers down firearms – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police has called on the SAS to provide counter-terrorism support after firearms officers downed their weapons in protest at the charging of their colleague with murder. Suella Braverman ordered a review of armed policing to calm a growing rebellion of about 100 officers over the charging on Wednesday of an officer for the murder of 24-year-old Chris Kaba, an unarmed man killed last September by a single shot to the head.’

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The Guardian, 24th September 2023

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Gulf War ‘human shield’ hostages set to take legal action – BBC News

‘British Airways passengers and crew taken hostage in Kuwait are set to take legal action against the government and the airline, lawyers say.’

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BBC News, 12th September 2023

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Northern Ireland Troubles: Controversy Legacy Bill passes through Commons – BBC News

Posted September 7th, 2023 in armed forces, bills, immunity, inquests, news, Northern Ireland by sally

‘The government’s controversial Legacy Bill has passed after a vote in Westminster, despite widespread opposition in Northern Ireland.’

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BBC News, 6th September 2023

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Minister apologises for error in military punishment laws that went undetected for 14 years – The Independent

Posted August 11th, 2023 in armed forces, disciplinary procedures, government departments, news by tracey

‘Thousands of punishments were imposed on military personnel over a 14-year period under laws incorrectly signed off, according to the Government.’

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The Independent, 11th August 2023

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Rishi Sunak apologises for past ban on LGBT people serving in military – The Guardian’

Posted July 20th, 2023 in armed forces, homosexuality, news, reports by tracey

‘Rishi Sunak and Ben Wallace have formally apologised to the Commons for the decades-long ban on LGBT people serving in the UK armed forces, after the publication of a government-commissioned review.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2023

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Terror-plotting Essex teenager jailed for life after mother reports him – The Guardian

‘A teenager who staked out British soldiers and police officers in preparation for a terror attack has been jailed for life after his mother took what a judge has described as the “bold step” to report him.’

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2023

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War widows who lost pensions to receive compensation – BBC News

‘War widows who were forced to forfeit their pensions will receive a lump sum payment after a long-running campaign. The compensation scheme will benefit spouses who lost their government income if they remarried or moved in with a new partner before 2015.’

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BBC News, 18th May 2023

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Whistleblower reports reveal continuing sexual abuse of women in UK military – The Guardian

‘A junior servicewoman said she was a victim of rape and forced to leave the armed forces while her abuser was protected, according to whistleblower testimony collected and published by a parliamentary committee on Thursday.’

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The Guardian, 18th May 2023

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MOD will not change ceremonial dagger gifting rule after murders – BBC News

‘The Ministry of Defence will not change its rules allowing those leaving the military to be gifted knives. It comes after veteran Collin Reeves murdered his neighbours Stephen and Jennifer Chapple using a dagger.’

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BBC News, 11th May 2023

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