UN Condemns MoD Plans to Grant Veterans Amnesty


A United Nations body has condemned Ministry of Defence plans to grant military veterans amnesty from prosecution for historical offences. The Geneva-based UN Committee Against Torture called on the UK government to “refrain from enacting legislation that would grant amnesty or pardon” to troops accused of ill-treatment. This week the defense secretary, Penny Mordaunt, announced proposals to grant immunity for offences committed more than 10 years ago in Iraq, Afghanistan or anywhere else outside the UK. She also called for such legal protection to be extended to those who served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles – a plan that has been resisted by the Northern Ireland Office. A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said: “We are not proposing an amnesty. Our package of measures, focused on overseas military operations, will help avoid service personnel and veterans being subject to legal proceedings many years after the events in question where there is no new evidence. Wrongdoing in the armed forces will always be investigated in line with our legal and international obligations.”


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