It is illogical to apply improper extensions of human rights law when, like other Western nations, the Law of Armed Conflict is the appropriate and specific choice for military operations.
We have been clear that we need to end the unfair trials of people who served their country when no new evidence has been produced and when the accusations have already been exhaustively questioned in court.
This restores the intended scope of the Act.
We are considering establishing a ‘Legacy Commission’ as part of these initiatives, one of whose responsibilities will be to ensure that ongoing prosecutions remain consistent with our obligations under the HRA, especially Article 2.
The Act should only apply within the territory of the UK.
Preventing new vexatious investigations, inquests and prosecutions from the Northern Ireland Troubles.
Preventing investigation or prosecution of allegations unless the court is satisfied that there is significant fresh evidence and that such a prosecution would be in the interests of justice.
We said we would take action on this issue and a Conservative majority will allow us to do so. This is overdue and we intend to put it right.
Both have now concluded and we are developing responses to the findings which will form part of the overall package on Historical Investigations.
We legislated to give the Armed Forces Covenant a statutory foundation, introducing a requirement for the Secretary of State for Defence to report annually to Parliament on progress in delivering Covenant commitments.
This supports Armed Forces communities in four areas: removing barriers to family life; extra support after service for those that need help; measures to integrate military and civilian communities; and non-core healthcare services for veterans.
In signing the Armed Forces Covenant we have committed – among other things – to striving to support the employment of Service spouses and partners; seeking to support employees who choose to be members of the Reserve forces, including by accommodating their training and deployment; and pro-actively marketing all vacancies to the veteran community. We will also offer serving and retired military personnel a discounted rate for Party Conference.