Legal challenge for IHAT Iraq abuse troops ‘hung out to dry’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 1st, 2016 in armed forces, education, government departments, news by sally

‘The Ministry of Defence’s failure to train troops to handle Iraqi captives led to veterans being “hung out to dry” over alleged abuses, a law firm has said as troops began a legal challenge over their treatment.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st October 2016

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Supreme court case reopens debate over battlefield human rights – The Guardian

Posted October 25th, 2016 in Afghanistan, appeals, armed forces, bills, detention, human rights, news, Supreme Court, torture by michael

‘The political row over whether human rights law can be extended to the battlefield will be reopened this week in a supreme court case over the legality of detaining a Taliban suspect in Afghanistan.’

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The Guardian, 25th October 2016

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Royal Military Police apologise to family of corporal who killed herself – The Guardian

Posted October 20th, 2016 in armed forces, human rights, news, police, rape, suicide by tracey

‘The Royal Military Police (RMP) have apologised for failings in the way they investigated the case of a female corporal who killed herself after alleging she had been raped.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2016

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British soldiers face Iraq detainee abuse probe – BBC News

Posted October 17th, 2016 in armed forces, detention, Iraq, legal aid, news by tracey

‘British soldiers are being investigated over allegations of mistreating two Iraqi detainees in 2003.’

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BBC News, 16th October 2016

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Sergeant jailed for ‘horrifying’ machete attack on fellow soldier – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2016 in armed forces, news, offensive weapons, sentencing, wounding by sally

‘An army colour sergeant has been jailed for eight years for a “horrifying” machete attack on a fellow soldier, as it was revealed he had previously served time for the culpable homicide of his uncle.’

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The Guardian, 10th October 2016

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Developments in the oversight of British Troops abroad – the Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The oversight of the conduct of British soldiers in Iraq has been subject of two recent developments. The first is political, as Prime Minister Theresa May has renewed criticism of investigations into allegations of criminal behaviour of British troops. The second is legal, with the Court of Appeal offering clarification as to the role of the ECHR in conflicts abroad. However, comments by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon have since thrown into doubt the future role of the ECHR in conflicts abroad.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 5th October 2016

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Theresa May trying to protect soldiers who murder prisoners and torture civilians, says top human rights lawyer – The Independent

Posted October 6th, 2016 in armed forces, human rights, murder, news, torture, treaties by tracey

‘Geoffrey Robertson QC, a former UN judge, hits back after Prime Minister vows to defend Armed Forces personnel from “activist left-wing human rights lawyers.” ‘

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The Independent, 5th October 2016

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“British Troops to be Exempted from Human Rights Law” – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 5th, 2016 in armed forces, human rights, news, treaties, war by sally

‘Theresa May vows to end ‘vexatious claims’ against service personnel. In the UK about £100 million has been spent since 2004 dealing with thousands of cases lodged against soldiers who served in Iraq. Many were launched under ECHR laws on rights to life and liberty.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th October 2016

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Plan for UK military to opt out of European convention on human rights – The Guardian

Posted October 4th, 2016 in armed forces, human rights, news, treaties, war by sally

‘Controversial plans for the military to opt out from the European convention on human rights (ECHR) during future conflicts will be introduced by ministers, to see off what the prime minister described as an “industry of vexatious claims” against soldiers.’

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The Guardian, 4th October 2016

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‘Are you a killer?’ The quiet discrimination shutting military veterans out of the workplace – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 3rd, 2016 in armed forces, employment, news, recruitment, statistics by sally

‘Stereotypes about Armed Forces veterans as potentially “mad, bad and sad” are driving an unspoken discrimination against former servicemen and women in the civilian jobs market, according to the Royal British Legion.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd October 2016

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MoD censured over soldier’s death on Lydd range – BBC News

Posted September 30th, 2016 in armed forces, firearms, health & safety, inquests, news, statutory duty by tracey

‘The Ministry of Defence has been censured over the death of a soldier who was shot in the neck during a training exercise.
Fusilier Dean Griffiths, 21, of First Battalion the Royal Welsh, died at Lydd Range, Kent in September 2011.’

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BBC News, 29th September 2016

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The Human Rights Act protects our soldiers – as well as those they protect – The Guardian

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in armed forces, human rights, news, war by sally

‘Tom Tugendhat is wrong. Limiting human rights to our borders will strip soldiers of hard-won protections, and values that distinguish them from the enemy.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2016

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How often must we investigate torture? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 21st, 2016 in appeals, armed forces, detention, human rights, Iraq, news, torture, war by tracey

‘Al-Saadoon & Ors v. Secretary of State for Defence [2016] EWCA Civ 811, 9 September 2016. This post concerns the extent of any obligations imposed on the UK to investigate violations of non-refoulement (under Article 3, ECHR) and arbitrary deprivation of liberty (Article 5, ECHR). The non-refoulement issue arose from two individuals whom had been captured by British forces in Iraq claimed they were transferred to American custody and subsequently ill-treated. The Article 5 issue arose from the detention by British forces in Iraq of several individuals who claimed to have had their Article 5 rights violated whilst in British custody.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th September 2016

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Theresa May will not allow an ‘industry of vexatious allegations’ against British troops over claims of abuse in Iraq – The Independent

Posted September 21st, 2016 in armed forces, inquiries, Iraq, murder, news, torture by tracey

‘Theresa May has made clear she will not allow an “industry of vexatious allegations” against British troops over claims of abuse in Iraq. But the Prime Minister refused to bow to pressure and dismantle the Government body, the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), which is handling approximately 1,500 allegations of murder, abuse and torture carried out by British soldiers.’

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The Independent, 21st September 2016

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Soldiers facing prosecution for Iraq drowning were cleared a decade ago after witnesses were shown to have lied – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 19th, 2016 in armed forces, homicide, Iraq, news, prosecutions, witnesses by tracey

‘Three servicemen who face being prosecuted for manslaughter over the death of an Iraqi teenager were cleared a decade ago, after it emerged that key witnesses had lied about the claims and were paid expenses in exchange for their testimony.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th September 2016

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The Iraq Fatality Investigations: report into the death of Ahmed Jabbar Kareem Ali – official-documents.gov.uk

Posted September 16th, 2016 in armed forces, Iraq, reports, war by tracey

‘The report records the outcome of the fourth investigation into civilian deaths referred to the Iraq Fatalities Investigations by the Secretary of State for Defence.’

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official-documents.gov.uk, 15th September 2016

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Iraq abuse claims ‘often very poor’ says former DPP – Daily Telegraph

‘Alleged Iraq abuse claims brought against British troops by a leading human rights law firm have often been made up of poor, inaccurate information, a review by a former director of public prosecutions has said. Sir David Calvert-Smith said investigators tasked with wading through hundreds of alleged abuse claims had found key details such as names, dates and times were often wrong.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2016

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Four British soldiers ‘forced Iraqi teenager into river where he drowned’ – The Independent

Posted September 16th, 2016 in armed forces, death in custody, homicide, Iraq, news, reports, war, young persons by tracey

‘The Ministry of Defence has said it is “extremely sorry” for the death of an Iraqi teenager who drowned after being “forced” into a Basra canal by four British soldiers.’

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The Independent, 16th September 2016

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Army veteran Tasered by police awarded £50,000 compensation – The Guardian

‘An army veteran has been paid £50,000 in compensation by Bedfordshire police after he was Tasered while suffering a flashback triggered by post-traumatic stress disorder.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2016

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War & peace: the importance of applying the rule of law to the military – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 12th, 2016 in armed forces, human rights, law firms, news, war by sally

‘The news last month that Public Interest Lawyers, the firm which brought a host of discredited cases alleging abuse by British serviceman in Iraq, is to be wound up has been met with applause by the press and service community. These claims culminated in the Al Sweady Inquiry which considered allegations of war crimes and abuse by British troops in Iraq in 2004. The allegations were found to be “baseless” and claims of torture and murder were “wholly without foundation” and “entirely the product of deliberate lies, reckless speculation and ingrained hostility” from some Iraqi witnesses. It has prompted calls for the suspension of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) on the “battlefield” and a general attack on lawyers meddling or challenging affairs involving “war”. That reaction is understandable; however, it would be an enormous mistake to conclude that the law only interferes with the military doing its job.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 7th September 2016

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