Falklands war veteran wins apology over LGBT ban – The Guardian

Posted December 10th, 2019 in armed forces, homosexuality, news, sexual orientation discrimination by sally

‘A British Falklands war veteran has been given his medals back and received an apology from the Ministry of Defence after being forced out of the navy over his sexuality.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2019

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State accountability for killings of civilians by soldiers in Northern Ireland: can the UK duck out? – Red Lion Chambers

‘On Nov 11, 2019, the Conservative Party announced rather unclear plans to take legal steps to ensure that inquest juries in Northern Ireland could not return verdicts of unlawful killing in relation to actions by UK soldiers (and presumably other state agents such as the RUC police) in operations during The Troubles. The plans also apparently include barring prosecutions for any alleged unlawful acts during such operations during The Troubles (there is no statute of limitations on serious criminal offences in the UK so this would be an entirely novel step).’

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Red Lion Chambers, 14th November 2019

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Soldier wins racism claim against British Army after superiors confused him with only other black sergeant in unit – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 4th, 2019 in armed forces, news, race discrimination, racism by tracey

‘A soldier has won a racism claim against the Ministry of Defence after being confused with the only other black sergeant in the unit.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd December 2019

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International Criminal Court may investigate UK ‘war crimes cover-up’ – BBC News

‘The International Criminal Court could open its first investigation into the British military following a BBC programme about alleged war crimes.’

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BBC News, 18th November 2019

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Man jailed for setting fireworks off during Remembrance Sunday two-minute silence – The Independent

Posted November 13th, 2019 in armed forces, explosives, news, public order, sentencing by sally

‘A man who set off fireworks during a Remembrance Sunday event has been jailed.’

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The Independent, 12th November 2019

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Tory plan to water down Human Rights Act to protect ex-soldiers would turn UK into pariah, experts warn – The Independent

Posted November 12th, 2019 in armed forces, human rights, inquests, news, Northern Ireland, prosecutions by sally

‘Conservative plans to water down the Human Rights Act – to prevent prosecutions of soldiers accused of murders in Northern Ireland – will make the UK a pariah, the party has been warned.’

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The Independent, 11th November 2019

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Mixed race soldier sues MoD for £100,000 amid claims colleagues put up ‘racist’ posters at army base and nicknamed him Apu, High Court hears – Daily Telegraph

‘A mixed race soldier is suing the MoD for £100,000 amid claims he was bullied after colleagues put up “racist” posters at an army base and nicknamed him Apu, the High Court has heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2019

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Army’s ‘failure to learn’ from training heat deaths of ‘grave concern’, coroner rules – The Independent

Posted October 28th, 2019 in armed forces, coroners, health & safety, inquests, news by tracey

‘A coroner has pledged to write to the defence secretary after an inquest into the death of a soldier on a training exercise raised “grave concerns” over the army’s “ability to learn from previous mistakes”.’

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The Independent, 26th October 2019

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Tanzil Chowdhury: Miller (No 2), the Principle-isation of Ministerial Accountability and Military Deployments – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Has the court in Miller (No 2) done the very thing it said it wouldn’t do in Miller (No 1)? Has it given legal enforceability to the constitutional convention of ministerial accountability? Several authors appear to suggest that is has (here, here and here). Indeed, conventions were given rather peculiar judicial treatment in Miller (No 1) not least when placed against Miller (No 2), but also due to the general unenforceability of ‘statutory conventions’ (more here). But back to the apparent elevation of the convention of ministerial accountability (CoMA) to a constitutional principle – or what I refer to as the principle-isation of the convention.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 24th October 2019

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News ‘Perverse’ MoD legal reforms will harm troops’ rights, warn lawyers – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Legal experts have warned that the government’s plans to restrict claims against the Ministry of Defence are also framed to stop service personnel seeking justice for mistreatment.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th October 2019

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Army sergeant demoted after he punched and twisted the nipples of ‘raw recruits’ to toughen them up, tribunal hears – Daily Telegraph

‘An army sergeant was demoted and detained for six months after punching and twisting the nipples of “raw recruits” to toughen them up, a tribunal has heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th October 2019

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MoD still treating some military personnel in an ‘immoral’ way with ‘no accountability for incompetence’ say MPs – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 26th, 2019 in armed forces, families, news, remuneration by tracey

‘The MoD has been accused of being “immoral and incompetent” as MPs say it is failing to uphold the Armed Forces covenant. The Defence Select Committee says the government has yet to tackle major concerns raised in its previous reports on the Armed Forces Covenant, according to its latest update which is published today.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th September 2019

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Paratroopers win Colchester barracks racial harassment claim – BBC News

Posted September 17th, 2019 in armed forces, employment tribunals, equality, harassment, news, race discrimination, racism by tracey

‘Two former British army soldiers have won a racial discrimination claim against the Ministry of Defence (MoD).’

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BBC News, 16th September 2019

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Pro-Brexit war veteran jailed for Heidi Allen posts – BBC News

‘A pro-Brexit war veteran who menaced a Remain-supporting MP with “terrifying” online posts has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 8th August 2019

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Complaints by female and BAME military staff a ‘serious concern’ – BBC News

‘A “disproportionate” number of female and ethnic minority personnel in the armed forces file internal complaints, MPs have said.’

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BBC News, 7th August 2019

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Army criticised for ‘organisational failings’ over death of soldier – The Guardian

Posted July 26th, 2019 in armed forces, bereavement, families, health & safety, inquests, news, standards by tracey

‘The father of a soldier who collapsed and died during a fitness test on a hot summer’s day has said there were organisational failings in the way the exercise was run.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2019

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Deepcut inquests: Campaign ends for James Collinson hearing – BBC News

Posted July 26th, 2019 in armed forces, bereavement, families, inquests, news, suicide by tracey

‘The parents of a recruit shot dead at Deepcut Barracks 17 years ago have dropped their bid for a new inquest.’

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BBC News, 26th July 2019

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MPs call for 10-year limit on prosecution of soldiers – The Guardian

‘A 10-year “qualified statute of limitations” should be introduced to protect veterans and serving armed forces personnel from reinvestigation for alleged crimes, MPs have said.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2019

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Woman wins right to late partner’s military pension in landmark ruling – BBC News

‘A woman has won the right to her late partner’s military pension in a landmark ruling for unmarried couples.’

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BBC News, 17th July 2019

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Birmingham drowned soldier family settle MoD claim for £500k – BBC News

Posted July 17th, 2019 in accidents, armed forces, compensation, inquests, news by tracey

‘The family of a soldier who died during a British Army-led kayak training exercise have settled a claim against the Ministry of Defence for £535,000.’

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BBC News, 16th July 2019

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