The Overseas Operations Bill is a ‘gross injustice’ to veterans, say lawyers. Not only this, human rights organisations state the bill could decriminalise torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The Bill makes it harder for people to bring claims against the MoD. But the overwhelming majority of people that bring claims against the MoD are service personnel according to the centre for military justice.
It also commits government to consider derogating from the European Convention on Human Rights for any overseas operations. But limited exceptions already exist in the ECHR ? – this bill risks normalising derogation – The Government really has to withdraw it and have a rethink.