Life in jail proposed for UK soldiers who refuse to ‘occupy foreign states’
Legalbrief Today, 24 May 2006

A Bill has been introduced in the UK that will impose life sentences on soldiers who object to taking part in a military occupation of a foreign country.

The Scotsman reports the Armed Forces Bill changes the definition of desertion to include soldiers who go absent without leave and intend to refuse to take part in a ‘military occupation of a foreign country or territory’. The move comes as tensions escalate with Iran and follows a reported rise in soldiers absconding from the British Army since the invasion of Iraq. Anti-war campaigners claim the change means it would expressly legitimise occupation and force soldiers to contravene the Nuremberg Principles, limiting their right to becoming conscientious objectors.
Full report in The Scotsman

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