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04 October 2016 - Theresa May seeks to suspend European human rights laws in wartime to protect troops

Publié par Marion Coste le 10/04/2016
Plan for UK military to opt out of European convention on human rights
Peter Walker and Owen Bowcott (The Guardian, 04/10/2016)
Controversial plans for the military to opt out from the European convention on human rights (ECHR) during future conflicts will be introduced by ministers, to see off what the prime minister described as an “industry of vexatious claims” against soldiers.
The long-mooted idea will be announced on Tuesday at the Conservative party conference by Theresa May and the defence secretary, Michael Fallon, although it was immediately criticised by human rights groups who said it was based on a false narrative of spurious lawsuits.
May said the change would “put an end to the industry of vexatious claims that has pursued those who served in previous conflicts”. It would be implemented by introducing a “presumption to derogate” from the ECHR in warfare.

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Protecting the troops

Theresa May vows to protect troops from 'legal witch hunt' by opting out of European human rights rules
Peter Dominiczak and Robert Mendick (TheTelegraph, 04/10/2016)
British soldiers will never again face a legal witch hunt, Theresa May will pledge as she says that European human rights laws will no longer apply on the battlefield.
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.

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Automatic "opt-out"

European Convention On Human Rights To Be Dropped For UK Military In Battle Situations
Louise Ridley (The Huffington Post UK, 04/10/2016)
Theresa May is to release British troops from observing some human rights responsibilities in battle, in an attempt to protect them against vexatious legal claims from future conflicts.
The PM plans to introduce an automatic ‘opt-out’ from certain aspects of human rights law, under changes being announced at the Conservative conference in Birmingham.
The Government will adopt a presumption that it will “derogate” from the European Convention on Human Rights at times of war, after the Ministry of Defence spent more than £100 million on Iraq-related investigations, inquiries and compensation since 2004.
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"Abused" legal system

UK troops to be 'protected from vexatious claims' - ministers
(BBC News, 04/10/2016)
The government is to unveil a legal measure it says will protect UK troops from "vexatious" legal claims.
The change in policy, to be announced at the Conservative conference, would mean parts of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) could be suspended during future conflicts.
Much of the litigation faced by the Ministry of Defence comes from claims under the ECHR, the government says.
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"04 October 2016 - Theresa May seeks to suspend European human rights laws in wartime to protect troops", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), avril 2016. Consulté le 20/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2016/04-october-2016-theresa-may-seeks-to-suspend-european-human-rights-laws-in-wartime-to-protect-troops