Promises are sacred in politics as in life, and despite all that has happened, governments usually do their utmost to keep them.Many fair-minded people welcomed a pledge in the 2019 Conservative Party manifesto that a Tory administration would introduce legislation to 'create a system which prevents vexatious claims being brought against Armed Forces veterans'.
AN ARMY veteran facing trial over a shooting in Northern Ireland 46 years ago is seeking to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.Lawyers for Dennis Hutchings say his prosecution is "discriminatory and vexatious" and will urge the court to halt the prosecution.
An unexpected U-turn on legislation that would have helped soldiers get away with torture has been hailed as a huge ‘victory’ by a British Army veteran.The Overseas Operations Bill, which enters its final stages in Parliament today, was drawn up to protect soldiers from ‘vexatious and repeated’ allegations of crimes.
The Prime Minister has told the House of Commons there is “more to be done” for veterans of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, following the resignation of defence minister Johnny Mercer.The Prime Minister was responding to DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, who called on Mr Johnson to “stand by” his commitment to introduce legislation protecting veterans of the Troubles from “vexatious prosecutions”.
I arrived in the United Kingdom two decades ago after fleeing torture and violence in my native country, DR Congo.Having found sanctuary and new citizenship, I rebuilt my life here.Advocating for refugees and torture survivors all over the world, I felt proud when I was appointed one of two Survivor Champions for the British government’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI).
The House of Lords inflicted a massive defeat on plans to protect crimes like genocide in the Overseas Operations Bill - which a former NATO Secretary-General branded 'outrageous' Boris Johnson has suffered a huge House of Lords defeat over his bid to restrict British troops being prosecuted for war crimes.
UN blasts UK on 'war crimes' bill: Bid to curb prosecutions of British soldiers on torture allegations 'could threaten human rights'
The United Nations last night claimed a government bid to restrict war crimes investigations involving UK troops risks undermining human rights obligations..The Overseas Operations Bill, which is entering the final stages of the legislative process, would introduce a 'presumption against prosecution' for British personnel accused of historical war crimes.
Legislation under consideration in the UK regarding armed forces personnel could limit accountability for war crimes if it is passed in its current form, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday.In a statement, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, urged Parliament to heed warnings that the proposed new Overseas Operations Bill risks undermining key human rights obligations that lawmakers have previously agreed to.
This is the News in Brief from the United Nations.UK armed forces bill would limit war crimes accountability: UN rights chief Legislation under consideration in the UK regarding armed forces personnel could limit accountability for war crimes if it is passed in its current form, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday.
A presumption against prosecution creates 'a very real risk that British personnel may be investigated by, and tried in, the ICC' The Overseas Operations Bill, which returned to the House of Lords this week, aims to shield soldiers, sailors and airmen who serve abroad from vexatious claims and the
Government's attempt to protect service personnel from unwarranted criminal prosecutions could backfire if they are tried in the ICC The Overseas Operations Bill is the Government's attempt to protect our service personnel from unwarranted criminal prosecutions and to limit the exposure of individuals and the Ministry of Defence to
Former commanders call for ‘duty of care standard’ for legal and mental health support for troops facing possible prosecution Armed Forces personnel who face investigations linked to overseas operations should have stronger legal rights to lawyers and mental health support, former military chiefs have said.
As it stands, the Overseas Operation Bill risks seriously harming Britain's reputation abroad When I entered the Royal navy in 1965, servicemen and women assumed that if they undertook actions in good faith in war and peace that the nation would protect them. I do not question the fact that our people on sea, land and air hold themselves to the highest of standards: a force for good, and seen to be so, both at home and abroad. I support the Government’s wish to prevent false allegations and prosecutions