MPs ‘misled over army torture’ – The Independent

Posted July 28th, 2008 in armed forces, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“Claims that a senior army general and a defence minister misled MPs and peers over British troops’ use of banned interrogation techniques will be examined by a public inquiry into the mistreatment of prisoners, the Defence Secretary, Des Browne, said.”

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The Independent, 28th July 2008

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Minister names judge to lead Basra death inquiry – The Guardian

Posted July 22nd, 2008 in armed forces, inquiries, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“A public inquiry into the death in British custody of Baha Mousa, a Basra hotel receptonist, must include other instances of abuse and what guidance was given to members of Britain’s armed forces before they were deployed to Iraq, defence lawyers and opposition MPs said yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2008

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MoD faces legal action after teenage Iraqi claims sexual humiliation by soldiers – The Guardian

Posted July 14th, 2008 in armed forces, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“The Ministry of Defence is facing fresh court action over as many as 11 cases of alleged abuse of Iraqis, including the alleged sexual humiliation of a teenage boy by British soldiers at a base near Basra in 2003, it emerged yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 14th July 2008

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MoD to pay £3 million in compensation to Iraqi torture victims – The Times

Posted July 11th, 2008 in armed forces, compensation, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“The Ministry of Defence faces a series of huge compensation claims for alleged abuse by troops in Iraq after agreeing a settlement of £2.8 million over the death of a civilian in custody.”

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The Times, 11th July 2008

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Official delays stop Baha Mousa’s father entering Britain – The Independent

Posted June 30th, 2008 in armed forces, compensation, immigration, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“Family of hotel worker tortured to death in Army’s Basra detention camp are excluded from compensation talks.”

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The Independent, 29th June 2008

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Legal Opinion: Britain must obey the rule of law over Iraqis detained without trial – The Independent

Posted June 25th, 2008 in detention, Iraq, news, war crimes by sally

“Two Iraqis have been held without trial by the British Army for five years. Why is this any different from Guantanamo Bay?, asks Phil Shiner, of Public Interest Lawyers.”

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The Independent, 25th June 2008

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Army accused of human rights abuse in case of Iraqis held without trial for five years – The Independent

Posted June 16th, 2008 in detention, human rights, Iraq, news, prisoners of war by sally

“Britain is accused of holding Iraqi prisoners of war in a legal black hole after it emerged that two men accused of killing British soldiers have been detained without trial for more than five years.”

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The Independent, 15th June 2008

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Regina (Smith) v Assistant Deputy Coroner for Oxfordshire; Secretary of State for Defence v Same – Times Law Reports

Posted May 30th, 2008 in armed forces, human rights, inquests, Iraq, jurisdiction, law reports by sally

Regina (Smith) v Assistant Deputy Coroner for Oxfordshire; Secretary of State for Defence v Same

Queen’s Bench Division

“The right to life, protected by article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, could extend to members of the Armed Forces, wherever they might be; whether it did so would depend on the circumstances of the particular case.”

The Times, 30th May 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Cherie Blair: it is ‘not clear’ whether Iraq war was legal – The Guardian

Posted May 19th, 2008 in Iraq, news, war by sally

“The legal case for the 2003 Anglo-American invasion of Iraq ‘wasn’t clear’ and ‘still isn’t clear’, according to Cherie Blair who admits that she thought deeply about the war.”

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The Guardian, 17th May 2008

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MoD gives in over calls for public inquiry into Baha Musa’s death – The Times

Posted May 15th, 2008 in armed forces, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“The Ministry of Defence bowed to pressure yesterday by agreeing to hold a public inquiry into the death of an Iraqi hotel worker in British custody in Basra. ”

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The Times, 15th May 2008

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Coroner blames MoD again over troops’ deaths – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 21st, 2008 in armed forces, inquests, Iraq, news by sally

“An outspoken coroner has condemned shortages of military equipment again and claimed that two British soldiers would not have died in Iraq had they been in armoured vehicles.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th April 2008

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MoD will pay £2m to boy accidentally shot in Basra – The Guardian

Posted April 15th, 2008 in accidents, compensation, Iraq, news, personal injuries by sally

“The Ministry of Defence is to pay a record £2m compensation to an Iraqi teenager left paralysed when he was accidentally shot by a British soldier.”

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The Guardian, 15th April 2008

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‘Betrayed’ Iraqi staff in test case over UK’s refusal to offer asylum – The Independent

Posted April 14th, 2008 in asylum, interpreters, Iraq, news by sally

“Iraqi interpreters, clerical staff and labourers who face death threats and persecution after risking their lives working for British forces are challenging the Government’s refusal to grant them sanctuary in the UK.”

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The Independent, 14th April 2008

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R (Gentle and another) v Prime Minister and others [2008] UKHL 20 – WLR Daily

Posted April 11th, 2008 in armed forces, human rights, international law, Iraq, law reports, war by sally

R (Gentle and another) v Prime Minister and others [2008] UKHL 20

Art 2 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, which provided that “everyone’s right to life shall be protected by law”, did not place the Government under a duty to members of the armed forces and their families to hold a public inquiry into whether it had obtained adequate legal advice on the lawfulness under international law of the invasion of Iraq.”

WLR Daily, 10th April 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Mothers lose bid for Iraq public inquiry – The Times

Posted April 9th, 2008 in armed forces, Iraq, news, war by sally

“The mothers of two young soldiers killed in Iraq today lost their legal attempt in the House of Lords to force the Government to hold a public inquiry into Britain’s involvement in the conflict.”

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The Times, 9th April 2008

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Legal bid to force Iraq inquiry – BBC News

Posted April 9th, 2008 in armed forces, human rights, Iraq, news, war by sally

“Nine Law Lords are to rule on another legal bid to force a public inquiry into Britain’s involvement in Iraq.”

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BBC News, 9th April 2008

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UK admits breaching human rights convention over detainee’s death – The Guardian

Posted March 28th, 2008 in armed forces, human rights, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“The government is to admit ‘substantive breaches’ of the European Convention on Human Rights over the death and torture of Iraqi civilians in the custody of British soldiers, Des Browne, the defence secretary, revealed yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 28th March 2008

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Opposition push for immediate Iraq inquiry faces defeat – The Independent

Posted March 18th, 2008 in Iraq, news, war by sally

“MPs will vote next week on whether there should be a full-scale inquiry into the Iraq war to ensure that lessons are learnt from the mistakes made.”

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The Independent, 18th March 2008

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Iraqi asylum seekers given deadline to go home or face destitution in UK – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2008 in asylum, Iraq, news by sally

“More than 1,400 rejected Iraqi asylum seekers are to be told they must go home or face destitution in Britain as the government considers Iraq safe enough to return them, according to leaked Home Office correspondence seen by the Guardian.”

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The Guardian, 13th March 2008

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Court gags ex-SAS man who made torture claims – The Guardian

Posted February 29th, 2008 in armed forces, injunctions, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“A former SAS soldier was served with a high court order yesterday preventing him from making fresh disclosures about how hundreds of Iraqis and Afghans captured by British and American special forces were rendered to prisons where they faced torture.”

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The Guardian, 29th February 2008

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