Theresa May vows to protect troops from ‘legal witch hunt’ by opting out of European human rights rules

Theresa May vows to protect troops from ‘legal witch hunt’ by opting out of European human rights rules, by Peter Dominiczak.

In a joint announcement with Sir Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, the Prime Minister will say that UK troops will be protected from the “industry of vexatious claims that has pursued those who served in previous conflicts”.

Mrs May and Sir Michael will say that in future conflicts Britain will opt out of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), protecting our frontline forces from “spurious” legal claims. …

“What we’ve seen in recent times is human rights legislation being used to generate all these vexatious claims and troops finding themselves inn some difficulty and worrying and concerned about the future as a result of that. …

Didn’t have EU fighting rules in the era of Rule Britannia.

The Iraq Historic Allegations Team (Ihat) is investigating almost 1,500 allegations of mistreatment and unlawful killing of Iraqis, while a separate inquiry, Operation Northmoor, is looking at more than 550 allegations of abuse in Afghanistan dating back to 2005. …

Mrs May stressed that UK forces will at all times be required to operate in accordance with international humanitarian law – including the Geneva Conventions – and service law.

hat-tip Stephen Neil