UK Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt recently declared that army veterans should not be “pursued unfairly for events that took place decades ago”, backing an effective amnesty for the soldiers.
The panel emphatically voiced the need for an independent public inquiry, strongly urging the UK to “refrain” from bringing in laws granting amnesty to troops who could have been implicated in war crimes.
Members of the UN committee stated there was growing concern over the glaring lack of prosecutions for war crimes, including torture, in the wake of probes by the “discredited” Iraq Historic Allegations Team.
The UN committee also said it was “seriously concerned” that allegations of mistreatment and murder by the Army during the Troubles in Northern Ireland have not been “effectively investigated”.
Newly-appointed UK Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt recently declared that army veterans should not be “pursued unfairly for events that took place decades ago” as she openly favoured an amnesty for British soldiers from historical prosecutions, The Guardian reported earlier.
“We will always hold our armed forces and the chain of command to account, but I want to ensure our service personnel are not going to be victims of unfounded allegations, as we saw…