High court to hear legal battle over UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia – The Guardian

Posted April 23rd, 2021 in government departments, news, sale of goods, Saudi Arabia, war, war crimes, weapons by sally

‘Anti-arms trade campaigners have been given permission to challenge in the high court the UK government’s decision to resume the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia that could be used in the war in Yemen.’

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The Guardian, 22nd April 2021

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Peers seek to block limit on UK soldiers’ accountability for war crimes – The Guardian

Posted April 13th, 2021 in armed forces, bills, news, prosecutions, torture, war crimes by sally

‘Peers behind a cross-party amendment to halt plans to restrict prosecutions of torture and war crimes by British soldiers serving abroad are hopeful of inflicting a high-profile defeat on the government in the Lords on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 13th April 2021

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The Overseas Operations Bill ‘Does nothing to protect soldiers and breaches international law’ – Each Other

‘A former senior legal officer for the British Army has spoken out against The Overseas Operations Bill currently on its way through parliament, saying it does nothing to protect soldiers and breaches international law.’

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Each Other, 12th January 2021

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Court finds UK war crimes but will not take action – BBC News

Posted December 10th, 2020 in international courts, Iraq, news, prosecutions, war crimes by tracey

‘The International Criminal Court says it will not take action against the UK, despite finding evidence British troops committed war crimes in Iraq.’

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BBC News, 9th December 2020

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Iraq war: All but one war crimes claim against British soldiers dropped – BBC News

Posted June 2nd, 2020 in armed forces, Iraq, news, prosecutions, war crimes by sally

‘British soldiers who have been accused of committing war crimes in Iraq are unlikely to face criminal prosecution.’

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BBC News, 2nd June 2020

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Why British Troops Must Not Be Placed Above The Law – Each Other

Posted May 28th, 2020 in armed forces, bills, news, time limits, torture, war crimes by sally

‘The outbreak of Covid-19 has demonstrated how quickly our established ideas and normalised ways of thinking can be changed. Work that was called ‘low-skilled’ is now recognised as ‘essential’, the nation has hailed nurses as ‘heroes’, and face masks are a part of routine life.’

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Each Other, 22nd May 2020

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Proposed amendments to the Human Rights Act to disadvantage UK war crimes victims – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted April 8th, 2020 in armed forces, bills, compensation, human rights, news, time limits, war crimes by sally

‘On 18 March 2020, the UK Minister for Defence introduced into the UK Parliament his promised package of new legislation designed to ‘protect veterans’. Entitled the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill, the proposed laws would amend the UK’s Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) in ways that impact on its human rights obligations, including under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 6th April 2020

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Torture charges against former Liberia leader’s ex-wife dismissed – BBC News

Posted December 6th, 2019 in conspiracy, evidence, news, rape, torture, war crimes by sally

‘Torture charges against the ex wife of former Liberian president Charles Taylor have been dismissed at the Old Bailey.’

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BBC News, 6th 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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New Judgment: R v TRA [2019] UKSC 52 – UKSC Blog

‘The appellant was arrested in the United Kingdom in 2017 and charged with one count of conspiracy to commit torture and seven counts of torture, contrary to the Criminal Justice Act 1988, section 134. The charges relate to events in the early stages of the first Liberian civil war in 1990 when an armed group, the National Patriotic Front of Liberia took control of parts of Liberia. Its leader, Charles Taylor, subsequently became President of Liberia in 1997. The point of law raised in the appeal related to the correct interpretation of the term “person acting in an official capacity” in the CJA, section 134(1). The Court of Appeal held that CJA, section 134 is not confined to individuals acting on behalf of a State.’

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UKSC Blog, 13th November 2019

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Ep. 57: Mass starvation as a weapon of war – Law Pod UK

Posted December 11th, 2018 in food, human rights, international law, news, war, war crimes by sally

‘Rosalind English talks to 1 Crown Office Row’s Catriona Murdoch about the ways in which international law may be used to prevent it.’

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Law Pod UK, 10th December 2018

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ICC crime of aggression comes into effect without key signatories – The Guardian

Posted July 17th, 2018 in crime, international courts, news, treaties, war crimes by tracey

‘A crime of aggression, under which politicians and military leaders can be held individually responsible for invasions and other major attacks, comes into force at the international criminal court, reviving global legal powers last exercised at the Nuremburg and Tokyo war crimes trials of the 1940s. Claims alleging that armed force has been used against the “sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence” of another state can, from Tuesday, be taken to the tribunal in The Hague.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2018

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Activists bring case at appeal court over UK arms sales to Saudis – The Guardian

‘Human rights campaigners have begun an attempt to overturn a high court judgment that allows the British government to continue to export arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.
The Campaign Against Arms Trade brought the case against Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, seeking permission to appeal against a decision last July that granting licences for the export of arms from the UK to Saudi Arabia was not unlawful. CAAT has warned that British weapons could be used to kill or injure Yemeni civilians.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2018

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Telford pensioner investigated for Nazi war crimes – BBC News

Posted March 21st, 2018 in foreign jurisdictions, news, prosecutions, war crimes by tracey

‘A pensioner has become the first person from the UK to be investigated in Germany for his alleged role in the Holocaust in World War Two.’

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BBC News, 20th March 2018

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Ministers ‘undermined law’ over Iraq war crimes allegations – The Guardian

‘The government has been accused of undermining the rule of law by putting pressure on an independent regulator in its action against a legal firm pursuing claims of human rights abuses involving British troops in Iraq.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2017

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Attorney General’s speech at the International Justice Day event – Attorney General’s Office

Posted July 18th, 2017 in attorney general, evidence, prosecutions, speeches, terrorism, war, war crimes by tracey

‘Attorney General discusses the importance of evidence gathering in Syria and Iraq to enable domestic prosecutions.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 17th july 2017

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Iraq war: judge to review Tony Blair prosecution ban – The Guardian

‘The most senior judge in England and Wales will hear a case attempting to overturn a ban on prosecuting Tony Blair over the Iraq war, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 5th July 2017

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SAS soldiers ‘suspected’ of executing unarmed Afghans and covering up potential war crimes – The Independent

Posted July 3rd, 2017 in Afghanistan, armed forces, news, reports, war crimes by tracey

‘A “rogue” Special Air Service (SAS) unit is suspected of executing unarmed civilians in Afghanistan and fabricating reports to cover up potential war crimes, according to reports.’

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The Independent, 2nd July 2017

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Date set for court challenge to ban British arms sales to Saudi Arabia – The Independent

Posted October 28th, 2016 in international relations, news, Saudi Arabia, war crimes, weapons by sally

‘A date has been set for a High Court court challenge that could halt British arms sales to Saudi Arabia – amid mounting accusations the country is committing war crimes’

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The Independent, 28th October 2016

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Iraq War: Public Interest Lawyers closes down – BBC News

‘The law firm Public Interest Lawyers, which submitted multiple allegations of misconduct by British troops during the Iraq War, is to close.’

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BBC News, 15th August 2016

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