Archive for 'Human Rights' Category

UK officials slammed over “non-answers” on Iraq

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Friday, May 10, 2013

by Chris Ames The Guardian’s Ian Cobain reports that: The UK has faced tough questions this week from a UN panel closely scrutinising the UK’s human rights record, following a series of disclosures about involvement in so-called extraordinary rendition and torture in the years following the 9/11 attacks. Over two days in Geneva, the UK [...]

Is Britain guilty of systemic torture in Iraq?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Sunday, January 20, 2013

By Chris Ames Is the question posed by an article in the Observer by Ed Vulliamy and, as the piece explains, is the main question “before a judicial review hearing at the high court in London next week in a claim seeking to demonstrate that Britain broke international laws of war by pursuing a policy [...]

Covering up the abuse

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Saturday, December 22, 2012

by Chris Ames As the Iraq Inquiry falls further and further into the background and possible irrelevancy, arguably as a result of the breadth of its remit, the one issue that it has insisted on ignoring keeps making the news. In the last week the doctor who joined in the cover up of the killing [...]

Top military legal adviser slams mod over human rights abuses

By chrislamb - Last updated: Friday, October 14, 2011

by Chris Lamb On Wednesday night Channel 4 News ran an exclusive on Lieutenant Colonel Nick Mercer’s scathing criticism of the MOD over human rights abuses by the military in Iraq following the March 2003 invasion. Lieutenant Colonel Mercer was the top legal affairs commander for British land forces in Iraq. The story follows a [...]

Human rights abuses cannot be ignored

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, July 7, 2011

by Chris Ames The Guardian reports that: Britain was an occupying power after the invasion of Iraq and failed to carry out effective investigations into the killing of civilians, the European court of human rights has ruled. The decision by the Strasbourg court could open the Ministry of Defence to a deluge of claims and [...]

Iraq abuse probe “is a shambles”

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

by Chris Ames Looking at the issues that the Iraq Inquiry has not covered, the BBC reports that: “The team investigating allegations UK troops abused Iraqi civilians has been called ‘a shambles’, after interviewing just one alleged victim.” The head of the Iraq Historic Allegations (IHAT) team denies this but Phil Shiner of Public Interest [...]

A whitewash won’t wash

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, February 24, 2011

by Chris Ames The Guardian’s leader today covers growing doubts about the ability of Sir Peter Gibson’s inquiry into UK complicity in torture to establish the truth. It begins its argument by reference to the Iraq Inquiry: “With Iraq, the last inquiry was always the reason for not calling the next – but the defence [...]

Margaret Aldred and the rendition cover-up

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, February 8, 2011

by Chris Ames In January 2006 the New Statesman published a leaked Foreign Office memo from the previous month that discussed what the UK government knew about rendition, extraordinary rendition and torture at US interrogation centres. Having established that the US was using its own definitions of torture to ignore international conventions, the memo asked: [...]

No Iraq abuse inquiry – yet

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, December 21, 2010

by Chris Ames The High Court has rejected an attempt by Iraqis who claim they were mistreated by British troops to force a public inquiry. According to the BBC: “Two judges upheld Defence Secretary Liam Fox’s refusal to order a wide-ranging investigation, but said one could be ‘required in due course’.” There are currently two [...]

Guantanamo settlement paves way for cover-up

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, November 16, 2010

by Chris Ames The BBC report on the settlement agreed between the government and 16 men who allege that the British state was complicit in them being tortured takes an interesting line on the government’s motives. The settlement has implications for the promised inquiry into torture and rendition, which will include allegations – partially confirmed [...]