Will Charles Taylor end up in a British jail? – BBC News

Posted August 12th, 2010 in news, war crimes by sally

“The war crimes trial of the former Liberian President, Charles Taylor, has hit the headlines in the UK after the dramatic evidence of supermodel Naomi Campbell and her former agent, Carole White. If convicted, Mr Taylor will serve his sentence in a British jail. Why is this and where might he be housed?”

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BBC News, 12th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Campaigners try to force MoD to court over Afghan killings – The Guardian

Posted August 2nd, 2010 in Afghanistan, armed forces, homicide, news, war crimes by sally

“The prospect of a judicial review into previously covered-up civilian shootings in Afghanistan has opened up after human rights campaigners launched an attempt to take the Ministry of Defence to court.”

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The Guardian, 1st August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New rules on universal jurisdiction – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 22nd, 2010 in human rights, jurisdiction, Ministry of Justice, news, torture, war crimes by sally

“The Government is proposing new rules about how courts in England and Wales deal with people accused of serious human rights violations.”

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Ministry of Justice, 22nd July 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Jury clears activists who broke into Brighton arms factory – The Guardian

Posted July 1st, 2010 in conspiracy, criminal damage, defences, news, war crimes by sally

“Five activists who caused £180,000 damage to an arms factory were acquitted after they argued they were seeking to prevent Israeli war crimes.”

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The Guardian, 30th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ministers move to change universal jurisdiction law – The Guardian

Posted June 1st, 2010 in diplomats, jurisdiction, news, war crimes, warrants by sally

“The government is moving swiftly to change the law on universal jurisdiction to abolish the ability to bring private prosecutions for international crimes in the UK.”

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The Guardian, 30th May 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Army to be sued for war crimes over its role in Fallujah attacks – The Independent

Posted May 4th, 2010 in armed forces, birth, chemical weapons, news, war crimes by sally

“Allegations that Britain was complicit in the use of chemical weapons linked to an upsurge in child deformity cases in Iraq, are being investigated by the Ministry of Defence.”

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The Independent, 4th May 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Police ‘lack resources’ to pursue war criminals – The Guardian

Posted April 12th, 2010 in news, police, war crimes by sally

“New laws to crack down on suspected war criminals living in the UK will have little effect, campaigners warn, because police lack the resources to investigate. Referrals from the UK Border Agency suggest that as many as 50 suspected war criminals are living freely in Britain, but the fact that there have so far been no arrests or prosecutions has prompted claims that there is continuing impunity.”

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The Guardian, 9th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Exclusive: Britain: A ‘safe haven’ for war criminals – The Independent

Posted April 6th, 2010 in news, war crimes by sally

“Record numbers of alleged mass murderers and torturers have found safe haven in the UK, making this country one of the war criminal capitals of the world, it is claimed today.”

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The Independent, 6th April 2010

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R (JS (Sri Lanka)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

R (JS (Sri Lanka)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] UKSC 15; [2010] WLR (D) 79

“An asylum seeker was excluded from protection under the Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees (1951) (Cmd 9171), pursuant to art 1F(a), if there were serious reasons for considering him voluntarily to have contributed in a significant way to an organisation’s ability to pursue the purpose of committing war crimes or crimes against humanity, whilst being aware that his assistance would in fact further that purpose.”

WLR Daily, 19th March 2010

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.

Plan to change war crimes law delayed by general election – The Guardian

Posted March 5th, 2010 in international law, news, private prosecutions, war crimes by sally

“Changes in the law to remove the threat of foreign politicians becoming victims of ‘politically motivated’ war crime arrests every time they visit Britain have been postponed until after the general election. The justice secretary, Jack Straw, said the decision to delay immediate legislation had been taken because the government recognised it was a controversial issue that involved the long-standing right of private prosecution.”

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The Guardian, 5th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

British government will fight legal attempts to indict Israeli leaders in UK – The Guardian

Posted January 6th, 2010 in Israel, jurisdiction, news, war crimes, warrants by sally

“Baroness Scotland announces plans to alter laws after attempts to obtain warrants against Israeli generals for war crimes.”

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The Guardian, 5th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Outcry over plan to give attorney general veto on war crimes warrants – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2009 in attorney general, news, veto, war crimes, warrants by sally

“The attorney general will be asked to approve warrants before suspected war criminals can be arrested in future under a plan being negotiated by the Foreign Office in response to the row over attempts to arrest Israel’s former foreign minister.”

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The Guardian, 16th December 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Straw: UK will not be a safe haven to those who commit genocide – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 26th, 2009 in crimes against humanity, genocide, news, prosecutions, war crimes by sally

“The UK will not be a safe haven to those accused of heinous crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, Justice Secretary Jack Straw said today as he announced changes to strengthen the law.”

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Ministry of Justice, 26th October 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

‘UK is safe haven for war criminals’ – The Independent

Posted August 11th, 2009 in news, war crimes by sally

“Britain has become a ‘safe haven’ for war criminals because the Government has failed to close loopholes that grant them protection under the law, an influential committee of MPs and peers warns today.”

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The Independent, 11th August 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Genocide – Jack Straw to strengthen law – Ministry of Justice

“New plans to strengthen the law on genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity were announced by Justice Secretary Jack Straw today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 7th July 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Law targets war crime suspects living in UK – The Guardian

Posted July 8th, 2009 in crimes against humanity, genocide, news, prosecutions, war crimes by sally

“War crime suspects who have fled to Britain after being involved in genocide or crimes against humanity dating back to 1991 will face prosecution in UK courts under proposals announced by the justice secretary, Jack Straw yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 8th July 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

War crime suspects may see UK immunity loophole closed – The Observer

Posted July 6th, 2009 in genocide, immunity, news, war crimes by sally

“There has been a huge increase in action against suspected war criminals by the UK authorities, the Guardian has learned, as anti-genocide campaigners await an announcement on Tuesday on whether the government will act to end immunity for genocide suspects.”

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The Observer, 5th July 2009

Source: www.http://observer.guardian.co.uk/

Call to close genocide loophole – BBC News

Posted June 16th, 2009 in genocide, news, war crimes by sally

“Legal loopholes which allow foreign war criminals to escape prosecution in the UK should be closed, a report says.”

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BBC News, 15th June 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina (JS) (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – Times Law Reports

Regina (JS) (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

Court of Appeal

“In order to establish that an asylum seeker was liable for a joint criminal enterprise such as to exclude him from the protection of the Geneva Convention as complicit in war crimes or crimes against humanity, there had to have been a common design which amounted to or involved the commission of a crime provided for by statute.”

The Times, 11th May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Foreign Office accused of hindering human rights lawyers in Gaza Strip – The Guardian

Posted April 21st, 2009 in news, war crimes by sally

“British lawyers attempting to build a war crimes case against Israel have been blocked from entering the Gaza Strip because the Foreign Office has refused to support their work, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 21st April 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk