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No investigation into new SAS abuse allegations following BBC report, defence chief says

Hannah O’Grady, Published 15th July 2022

Following a BBC Panorama report on the abuses carried out by an SAS unit in Afghanistan, the chief of defence staff has told the BBC that no new investigation will be carried out. Furthermore, the Ministry of Defence said it could not comment on specific allegations, but that declining to comment should not be taken as acceptance of the allegations’ factual accuracy. In light of the severity of the allegations, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drones and Modern Conflict and Parliamentary Human Rights Group released a joint statement saying that the Government ‘should heed growing calls for a robust and independent inquiry, which is appropriately resourced, has access to all relevant evidence and whose findings can be made public.’

Read the Article here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-62182848

Read the Joint Statement here: http://appgdronesmodernconflict.org.uk/joint-appg-statement-on-bcc-panorama-allegations-of-uk-special-forces-abuses-in-afghanistan/

UK accused of reviving ‘targeted killing’ policy against Islamic State in Syria

Edna Mohamed, Published 6th January 2022

“Following a reported drone strike carried out by the Royal Air force in northern Syria questions have been raised about the UK’s policy of targeted killing and the MoD’s commitment to transparency and accountability.   Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, and vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drones and Modern Conflict, commented: The strike, and the lack of information available about it, illustrates a growing trend of secrecy around UK military operations.”

Read the Article here: https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/syria-uk-accused-reviving-targeted-killing-policy-islamic-state

Our Co-Chairs write about civilian protection in 21st century warfare for The House Magazine

Annie Shiel and Katherine Kramer, Published 02nd December 2021

In a UK-US legislators dialogue hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drones and Modern Conflict featured a conversation with US Congressman Jim McGovern and Gill Furniss MP who discussed lessons learned for legislators in promoting the protection of civilians.

Read the Article here: https://www.interaction.org/blog/transatlantic-dialogue-highlights-importance-of-legislative-oversight-over-the-protection-of-civilians/

Transatlantic Dialogue Highlights Importance of Legislative Oversight over the Protection of Civilians

Annie Shiel and Katherine Kramer, Published 02nd December 2021

In a UK-US legislators dialogue hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drones and Modern Conflict featured a conversation with US Congressman Jim McGovern and Gill Furniss MP who discussed lessons learned for legislators in promoting the protection of civilians.

Read the Article here: https://www.interaction.org/blog/transatlantic-dialogue-highlights-importance-of-legislative-oversight-over-the-protection-of-civilians/

Transatlantic Dialogue Highlights Importance of Legislative Oversight over the Protection of Civilians

Annie Shiel and Katherine Kramer, Published 02nd December 2021

The APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict hosted a UK-US legislator’s dialogue in which Annie Shiel notes that the UK and the US have so much to learn in particular from civil society and the communities impacted by military operations.

Read the Article here: https://civiliansinconflict.org/blog/us-uk-event/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=us-uk-event

Clive Lewis damns UK’s failed foreign policy after Afghanistan catastrophe

The Owen Jones Podcast, Published 24th August 2021

“Clive Lewis is a Labour backbencher who served in Afghanistan – and yet scandalously wasn’t called to speak in the emergency Parliamentary debate about the US withdrawal. Here he tells us about his experiences, about how it all went wrong – and whether the calamity of Western foreign policy will ever change.”

Listen to the Podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-owen-jones-podcast/id1550331378?i=1000533166537

 

TyskySour: Calls For Dominic Raab To Resign For Abandoning Afghan Interpreters

Novara Media, Published 20th August 2021

Clive Lewis praises the work being done by the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict to promote civilian protection and the UK government’s use of drone strikes.

Listen to the Podcast here:  https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/novara-media/id1001507547?i=1000532661768

 

We must rethink ill-judged Overseas Operations Bill which will only make matters worse for troops

Nick Parker and Jeff Blackett, Published 9th March 2021

The government’s Overseas Operations bill is ill-conceived and misses key issues. The problem which needs addressing is not prosecutions but unwarranted investigations. The government should follow the recommendations of the ICC and exclude crimes which would trigger their jurisdiction from the bill.

Read the Article here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2021/03/09/must-rethink-ill-judged-overseas-operations-bill-will-make-matters/

 

WarPod Ep #21 Dissecting the Overseas Operations Bill

Abigail Watson is joined by Camilla Molyneux and Mark Goodwin-Hudson to discuss the Overseas Operations Bill, Published 30th October 2020

Listen to the Podcast here:  https://www.saferworld.org.uk/multimedia/warpod-ep-21-dissecting-the-overseas-operations-bill

 

After the killing of Soleimani, we need clarity on UK involvement in drone strikes

Baroness Stern and Lord Hodgson, Published 27th January 2020

The US drone strike against Iranian General Qasem Soleimani is one amongst many controversial drone operations carried out in recent years but represents a dangerous precedent that undermines international law.

Read the Article here:  https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/after-the-killing-of-soleimani-we-need-clarity-on-uk-involvement-in-drone-strikes

 

Civilians need protection from British drones

Lucy Fisher, Published 16th August 2019

The benefits of drone-based weapons systems are apparent as is their increasingly prominence in UK’s military operations. However, their use has escaped the immediate attention of both MP’s and the public, a situation which needs to change as newer models become more deadly and the UK’s armed forces more reliant on them.

Read the Article here:  https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/civilians-need-protection-from-british-drones-7ltshjfrk

 

We need to act – 85% of casualties in conflict are civilians

Ann Clwyd and Tom Brake, Published 14th June 2019

This high level of civilian casualties is not historically normal, and it is clear that a greater understanding of how military operations impact civilians is needed. The UK needs to adopt a whole government approach to  comprehensively tackle this issue.

Read the Article here:  https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/we-need-to-act–85-of-casualities-in-conflict-are-civilians

 

ICCS Professor invited to address the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drones

Published 28th May 2019

At an event hosted by the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict a panel discussed the risks posed by increasingly cheap and capable drone technology. In which Professor David H Dunn shared his research on the future implications of drone technology and offered recommendations.

Read the Article here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/iccs/news/2019/iccs-professor-invited-to-address-the-all-party-parliamentary-group-on-drones.aspx

 

Britain’s armed drone policy is failing to keep up with rapidly evolving changes

Adam Holloway MP, Published 23rd July 2018

Adam Holloway MP examines the risks posed to the UK by partners using UK bases, intelligence and personnel to engage in potentially unlawful drone operations. Working on the back of the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict report he outlines safeguards which should be in place.

Read the Article here:  https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/britains-armed-drone-policy-is-failing-to-keep-up-with-rapidly-evolving-changes

 

APPG on Drones Inquiry

Clive Lewis MP, Published 18th July 2018

“Delighted to attend the APPG on Drones Inquiry, ‘The UK’s use of Armed Drones: Working with partners’ yesterday. It was a privilege to hear of the culmination of work that is being done on this very serious matter regarding the use of drones with partners and the UK’s involvement in foreign engagements.”

Read the Article here:  https://www.clivelewis.org/uncategorised/2018/07/18/appg-on-drones/

 

UK ‘complicit in killing civilians and risks being prosecuted over illegal drone operations’, major report suggests

Lizzie Dearden, Published 17th July 2018

The chair of an inquiry by the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict describes the UK’s claim that only one civilian was killed in Syrian and Iraq airstrikes as “ridiculous”. The inquiry found that under the current paradigm British military personnel could be prosecuted for civilian deaths.

Read the Article here:  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/drone-strikes-uk-us-illegal-civilian-deaths-war-crimes-dead-appg-report-a8450206.html

 

UK personnel ‘could face murder trials’ over drone strikes, MPs warn

Simon Hooper, Published 17th July 2018

APPG on Drones and Modern conflict report finds that the UK government is without a “clear policy and sound legal basis” for its drone operations, putting civilian lives at risk.

Read the Article here: https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uk-personnel-could-face-murder-trials-over-drone-strikes-mps-warn

Britain must lead the way to create a global legal framework on drones

Adam Holloway MP, Published 17th July 2018

Adam Holloway MP announces the launch of the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict inquiry into the “UK’s Use of Armed Drones”.  This report will seek to make nineteen recommendations for the government which can act as the foundation of UK drone policy going forward.

Read the Article here:  https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/britain-must-lead-the-way-to-create-a-global-legal-framework-on-drones

 

MP’s call on Theresa May to release ‘kill list’ for UK drone strikes

Alice Ross, Published 23rd February 2017

A letter addressed to Theresa May organised by the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict calls for greater transparency on the UK’s use of “kill lists” for drone targeting. As the government appears to be specifically targeting British fighters, increased accountability should be required.

Read the Article here:  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/23/mps-theresa-may-release-kill-list-for-uk-drone-strikes

 

GCHQ Surveillance Likely Illegal, Says Leading UK Barrister

Ruchi Parekh, Published 30th January 2014

Leading Lawyers in the UK submit evidence to the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict, providing expert testimony to the legality of GCHQ surveillance programs. This action is seen as an important development and likely to foster cross party interest in the issue.

Read the Article here: https://www.justsecurity.org/6506/gchq-surveillance-illegal-leading-uk-barrister/