Nearly 300 British veterans face investigation over alleged Iraq war crimes – The Guardian

‘Nearly 300 British personnel who served in Iraq have been contacted by investigators looking into allegations of war crimes, with some of them facing interrogation on their doorsteps, officials have said.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2015

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Lawyers face prospect of being struck off over Iraq abuse claims – Daily Telegraph

‘Leigh Day, Britain’s leading human rights law firm, is facing a disciplinary inquiry over the shredding of a document which could have halted a £31m inquiry into false allegations of murder and torture by British troops.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th January 2016

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Sleepwalking sailors dismissed by Royal Navy – The Guardian

Posted December 18th, 2015 in armed forces, dismissal, freedom of information, news, sleepwalking by tracey

‘Revelation comes as armed forces’ rules are being updated and also to disqualify those who suffer from “sleep terrors.”’

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The Guardian, 18th December 2015

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Sgt Alexander Blackman’s wife ‘cautiously optimistic’ of new appeal – Daily Telegraph

‘The wife of a Royal Marine given a life sentence for murdering a Taliban captive has said she is cautiously optimistic new evidence will see his case sent back to the Appeal Court.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th December 2015

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Bloody Sunday: Ex-soldiers win High Court fight over questioning in Northern Ireland – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 17th, 2015 in armed forces, demonstrations, news, Northern Ireland, police by tracey

‘Former paratroopers who face questioning over Bloody Sunday have won their High Court battle against being detained and transferred to Northern Ireland for interview by police.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th December 2015

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Man convicted of planning Isis-inspired Remembrance Sunday attack – The Guardian

Posted December 15th, 2015 in armed forces, commemorations, news, police, terrorism by sally

‘A British-based Islamist has been found guilty of plotting a Remembrance Day beheading on the streets of Britain, inspired by a “chilling fatwa” from Islamic State.’

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The Guardian, 14th December 2015

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The dark face of our imperial past – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 30th, 2015 in armed forces, colonies, delay, human rights, inquests, inquiries, jurisdiction, news by sally

‘The Supreme Court has ruled that the United Kingdom was not obliged to hold a public inquiry into the shooting in December 1948 during the Malayan Emergency by British troops of 24 unarmed civilians at Batang Kali. The Court held that (1) the lapse of time meant that there was no Article 2 requirement to hold an inquiry; (2) a duty to hold an inquiry could not be implied into common law under the principles of customary international law; and (3) the decision not to hold an inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 was not open to challenge on ordinary judicial review principles. However, the Supreme Court did hold that the deaths were within the United Kingdom’s jurisdiction for the purposes of the application of the ECHR.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th November 2015

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Malayan killings families lose UK Supreme Court appeal – BBC News

‘Relatives of 24 rubber plantation workers killed by British troops almost 70 years ago in Malaya have lost an appeal for an official investigation.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2015

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Afghan war hero wins divorce battle with wife who ‘wasted’ part of his £1m injuries payout – Daily Telegraph

‘A wife who divorced a severely wounded soldier after “wasting” a large part of his £1 million compensation has lost her legal battle to get her hands on what was left of the cash.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th November 2015

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Iraq Inquiry: Timetable ‘might be published by November’ – BBC News

Posted October 26th, 2015 in armed forces, delay, inquiries, Iraq, news, reports by sally

‘Sources close to the Iraq Inquiry have indicated chairman Sir John Chilcot may write to David Cameron with a timetable for his report before 3 November.’

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BBC News, 22nd October 2015

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£150m legal bill for troops just doing their duty – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 20th, 2015 in armed forces, bills, costs, human rights, judicial review, law firms, news, time limits, treaties, war by sally

‘Ministers draw up plans to pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights next time the Armed Forces are sent into combat.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th October 2015

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Sir John Chilcot to set timetable for publication of Iraq war report – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2015 in armed forces, inquiries, Iraq, news, reports, war by sally

‘Relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq have claimed a partial victory after Sir John Chilcot announced he would finally set a timetable for his report on the six-year inquiry into the war.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2015

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Brecon Beacons SAS selection deaths ‘unacceptable’ – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2015 in armed forces, health & safety, inquests, inquiries, news by tracey

‘The deaths of three reservists on an SAS selection march were unacceptable, the armed forces minister has said.
Military chiefs have been ordered to carry out two inquiries after the deaths of three men on the Brecon Beacons in 2013.’

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BBC News, 12th October 2015

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Government refuses to publish legal basis for air strikes on Syria – The Independent

‘Two Government departments have refused to publish the legal advice that paved the way for Britain to launch a drone strike on Isis targets in Syria.’

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The Independent, 9th October 2015

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Regina (Nour) v Secretary of State for Defence – WLR Daily

Regina (Nour) v Secretary of State for Defence [2015] EWHC 2543 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 392

‘An assessment made by the Secretary of State for Defence under the Government’s Overseas Security and Justice Assistance Guidance was justiciable and subject to the courts’ power of review, save with regard to the assessment of political or reputational risk involved in such assistance. The court would not interfere with an assessment or its conclusion unless satisfied that they were irrational in the Wednesbury sense and ones that no reasonable decision-maker could have made.’

WLR Daily, 28th September 2015

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British soldier drowned after failings by training company, coroner rules – The Independent

Posted October 2nd, 2015 in armed forces, health & safety, inquests, news by tracey

‘Failings by an adventure training company contributed to the drowning of a young British soldier when his whitewater raft capsized, a coroner has ruled.’

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The Independent, 1st Ocotber 2015

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Syria drone strikes: UK attorney general refuses to disclose advice – The Guardian

‘The attorney general has refused to disclose his advice about the legality of RAF drone strikes in Syria, citing collective cabinet responsibility and the need for law officers to give “full and frank” opinions.’

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The Guardian, 16th September 2015

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Cheryl James Deepcut death: Soldier’s body is exhumed – BBC News

Posted September 11th, 2015 in armed forces, burials and cremation, inquests, news by tracey

‘The body of an 18-year-old soldier found dead at Deepcut Barracks has been exhumed, ahead of a new inquest into her death.’

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BBC News, 10th September 2015

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Was it lawful for UK forces to kill British Isis fighters in Syria? – The Guardian

Posted September 9th, 2015 in armed forces, international law, news, self-defence, terrorism by sally

‘On the facts as we know them, this unprecedented attack on British would-be terrorists appears to be within the law.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2015

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Who, What, Why: When is it legal to kill your own citizens? – BBC News

Posted September 9th, 2015 in armed forces, international law, news, self-defence, terrorism, United Nations by sally

‘Two British jihadists from the Islamic State group were killed by a RAF drone strike in Syria. What’s the legal status of the attack?’

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BBC News, 8th September 2015

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