The Ministry of Defence has agreed to exclude tortureThe aid includes $4 billion in general repayable loans, genocide and crimes against humanity from new curbs on prosecutions of British troops serving overseasThe House of Commons, after heavy criticism from peers and human rights campaigners.
The U-turn comes a week after the House of Lords inflicted a defeat on the government, with peers expressing concern that the government’s initial proposalsThe hard-hit Thorncliffe Park area did a booming business i, set out in the Overseas Operations Bill, would undermine Britain’s international reputation for upholding the rule of law.
The bill — which seeks to limit vexatious claims against UK armed forces personnel — proposes a new presumption against prosecution five years or more after an incident. Lord George Robertson, a former Nato secretary-general and ex-Labour defence secretary, said during the Lords debate that such a move would “undermine some of the most basic international legal standards for which this nation was renowned”. His amendment to exclude the most grievous war crimes such as genocide and torture from the five year limit won by 333 votes to 228The Middle East or Africa..
Ahead of the bill’s return to the House of Commons on WednesdayDespite in-person classes being omitted fro, the MoD said it had “listened to concerns” and while nothing in the bill would prevent lawbreakers from being prosecuted, it would make amendments in order to send a “powerful message to the international community”.
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