EU Human Rights Laws ‘Disastrous’ Dor UK Armed Forces – Ex-Defense Chiefs – 8 April 2015

RT logoSeven former chiefs of defense staff have called for the British armed forces to be exempt from the European Convention on Human Rights, saying their inclusion in the legal framework is putting their effectiveness at risk.

In a joint letter to The Times, the former chiefs said servicemen and women represent “much that is best about Britain,” but added that their operational capabilities are at risk of being compromised under current European human rights legislation.

The creeping legal expansion on to the battlefield is putting that ethos at risk with potentially disastrous consequences. Recent legislation and judicial findings have extended the domestic law of negligence to the combat zone, where civilian norms of duty of care cannot apply,” they wrote.

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