Former Royal Marine seeks £1.5m in damages over hearing loss – BBC News

‘A former Royal Marine is seeking more than £1m in damages from the government over “noise-induced hearing loss”.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2023

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Man given suspended 10-week sentence over racist assault on teacher in Stockport – The Guardian

‘A former soldier who pleaded guilty to a racist assault after chasing a teacher down the street with two umbrellas and using a racial slur has received a 10-week suspended sentence and been ordered to pay his victim £300.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2022

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New Legal Duty to Require Local Bodies to Consider How Decision-Making Impacts Members of Armed Forces Community – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 30th, 2022 in armed forces, government departments, local government, news, statutory duty by sally

‘Councils, NHS trusts and other local bodies will be required to consider how their decision-making impacts upon members of the Armed Forces community, under a new duty introduced last week (22 November).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th November 2022

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Royal Navy chief defends service’s handling of sex abuse allegations – The Independent

‘The head of the Royal Navy has defended the way in which the service handles allegations of rape and sexual abuse, arguing that independent investigations would take longer and “lead to less good outcomes”.’

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The Independent, 26th November 2022

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Jane Rooney: The Extraterritorial Application of the Human Rights Act: Overseas Military Operations and Beyond – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted November 22nd, 2022 in armed forces, bills, constitutional law, human rights, news by sally

‘With the reinstatement of Dominic Raab as Secretary of State for Justice, the Bill of Rights Bill, currently before Parliament, is once again a possibility only weeks after Liz Truss halted its progression on account that it was a ‘complete mess’. This post examines the Bill’s provisions on overseas military operations, how they compare with the UK judiciary’s approach, the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Act 2021, and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) jurisprudence. Also highlighted are other extraterritoriality issues outside overseas military operations that the UK will have to consider.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 22nd November 2022

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British Army soldier convicted of sexually assaulting colleague on night out – The Independent

Posted November 17th, 2022 in armed forces, courts martial, harassment, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘A British Army soldier has been convicted of sexually assaulting a colleague after he groped her breast and slid his hand up her skirt during a night out.’

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The Independent, 16th November 2022

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Army families suing MoD for poor housing told to drop claims or have pay docked – The Guardian

‘Army families suing the Ministry of Defence over the squalor of their living quarters are being issued with “bullying” ultimatums to drop the claims or face having their pay docked to cover the legal costs.’

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The Guardian, 13th November 2022

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Eight in 10 rape charges tried by UK military courts end without conviction – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2022 in armed forces, courts martial, news, prosecutions, rape, sexual offences, statistics by sally

‘A scandal over sexual abuse in the submarine service has deepened as it emerged that eight in 10 rape charges tried by a military court martial over the past three years ended without conviction.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2022

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Ex-soldier inquest: ‘Veteran died after police Taser’ – BBC News

Posted November 2nd, 2022 in armed forces, firearms, inquests, mental health, news, police by sally

‘An Iraq and Afghanistan veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder died after being Tasered by police, an inquest has heard.’

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BBC News, 1st November 2022

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Royal Navy chief orders inquiry into sexual assault claims in submarine service – The Guardian

Posted October 31st, 2022 in armed forces, bullying, harassment, inquiries, news, sexual offences, women by tracey

‘The head of the Royal Navy has ordered an investigation into “abhorrent” allegations of inappropriate behaviour in the submarine service and declared that sexual assault and harassment has no place in the fleet.’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2022

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Stuart Wallace: Human Rights Claims and Overseas Military Operations: Will Clause 14 of the Bill of Rights Bill Really Limit Victims’ Access to British Courts? – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted September 6th, 2022 in armed forces, bills, international relations, news, treaties, victims by sally

‘Clause 14 of the Bill of Rights Bill, currently progressing through the UK parliament, introduces a total ban on individuals bringing a human rights claim, or relying on a Convention right, in relation to overseas military operations. As I have argued elsewhere, this is a retrograde development in the law. Thankfully, the clause may never enter into force. This is because under clause 39(3) of the Bill the Secretary of State may only bring clause 14 into force if the Secretary of State “is satisfied (whether on the basis of provision contained in an Act passed after this Act or otherwise) that doing so is consistent with the United Kingdom’s obligations under the Convention”. There is an implicit recognition here that, in its current form, implementing clause 14 would not be compatible with the UK’s ECHR obligations and that it would need something else to happen to make it compatible. There are three possible options here.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 6th September 2022

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Sgt Gavin Hillier shot dead by soldier with ‘poor eyesight’ – BBC News

Posted August 30th, 2022 in accidents, armed forces, firearms, news, reports by tracey

‘An army sergeant was shot and killed when he was mistaken for a target by a soldier with “poor eyesight”, an inquiry has found.’

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BBC News, 29th August 2022

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SAS killings: Ministry of Defence proposes judge-led review – BBC News

Posted July 28th, 2022 in Afghanistan, armed forces, news, police, reports, unlawful killing by sally

‘The Ministry of Defence has proposed an independent review of how it handled allegations that the SAS executed unarmed civilians in Afghanistan.’

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BBC News, 27th July 2022

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Guildford pub bomb inquest: Device could have been planted by a ‘courting couple’ – BBC News

‘Five people were unlawfully killed by an IRA bomb in Guildford in 1974 which could have been planted by a “courting couple”, a coroner concluded.’

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BBC News, 21st July 2022

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Court blocks bid to issue 3,500 cases on just one claim form – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The High Court has blocked a firm’s latest attempt to issue multiple different claims through the same claim form.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th July 2022

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Crown Censure issued after death of Royal Marine recruit published 2 days ago – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2022 in armed forces, government departments, health & safety, news by tracey

‘The Ministry of Defence has been issued a Crown Censure after a 20-year-old marine recruit died during exercise.’

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BBC News, 18th July 2022

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SAS reports reveal troubling pattern of suspicious deaths in Afghanistan – BBC News

Posted July 12th, 2022 in Afghanistan, armed forces, BBC, detention, news, unlawful killing by tracey

‘SAS operatives in Afghanistan repeatedly killed detainees and unarmed men in suspicious circumstances, according to a BBC investigation.’

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BBC News, 12th July 2022

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Ex-soldier jailed for murdering couple in Somerset after parking dispute – The Guardian

Posted June 22nd, 2022 in armed forces, imprisonment, mental health, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A former soldier who murdered his nextdoor neighbours with a commando dagger after a dispute over parking has been told he will serve at least 38 years in prison before being considered for parole.’

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The Guardian, 21st June 2022

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First openly gay judge to lead LGBT veterans probe – BBC News

‘Britain’s first openly gay senior judge will lead a review into the impact of a historical ban on LGBT people serving in the armed forces.’

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BBC News, 19th June 2022

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British Army veteran ‘living in fear’ as he fights deportation threat after 20 years living in UK – The Independent

‘ British Army veteran who has spent more than 20 years living in the UK is “living in fear each and every second” due to the threat of deportation to Zimbabwe.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2022

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