Boris Johnson is committed last night to amend the law to protect the veterans of Northern Ireland.

On the eve of Armistice Day, he unveiled a plan to end a legal "witch hunt" against our former soldiers and told them, "We will always support you."

The Prime Minister wants to amend the Human Rights Act so that it does not apply to any incident until it comes into force in October 2000.

Authorities would have an obligation to investigate the veterans, many of whom are now 60, who served during the unrest.

The Prime Minister (pictured) wants to amend the Human Rights Act so that it does not apply to any incident until it comes into effect in October 2000.

Ben Wallace said that "the armed forces have been subject to decisions made by British courts, which has led to a weapon against the law against our armed forces".

He stated that it was "illogical to apply inappropriate extensions of human rights law" while the law of armed conflict already applies to military operations.

Wallace said the Conservatives "will put an end to the unfair trials of people who served their country when no new evidence was produced and when the charges have already been widely questioned in court," he said. text.

Before going to the Black Sea today, Mr. Johnson said: "If elected on December 12, I wish my government's message to our armed forces to be stronger and clearer than ever: you salute and we always support you. & # 39;

Ben Wallace (photo) said that "the armed forces have been subject to rulings by British courts, which has led to a weapon against the law against our armed forces".

Following a campaign led by the Daily Mail, Theresa May announced in 2017 her intention to prevent troops from being investigated in future conflicts.

Today's announcement represents a huge victory for ex-soldiers who have lived through years of uncertainty.

Veterans Affairs Minister Johnny Mercer said, "The military has always ensured that those who break the law are accountable – our ability to do so sets us apart from those with whom we fight. There has never been a hiding place in uniform for those who can not operate within professional boundaries.

"But war and conflict are changing, and the so-called" right "is now part of it. We must protect our service personnel accordingly.

"With a conservative majority government, the law of armed conflict will be the appropriate and specific choice for military operations."

Mr Mercer, former captain of the army, added: "The Human Rights Act will be amended to make it clear that it does not apply to problems – including the deaths in unrest in Northern Ireland – which took place before the law entered into force in October 2000. This will restore the scope of the law.

The Mail highlighted the fact that veterans have been the subject of repeated investigations into alleged incidents, several decades earlier. And David Petraeus, a former American general, yesterday issued an extraordinary condemnation of the legal "witch hunt".

His comments came in a preface to a report by the think tank Policy Exchange, which calls on the government to amend the Human Rights Act.

The law gives effect to the principles set out in the European Convention on Human Rights, such as the prohibition of torture and the right to a fair trial.

It is understood that as part of the proposed reshuffle, the government would not be forced to force veterans to testify during investigations in Northern Ireland.

Former soldiers have appeared before nearly 70 investigations, an experience that Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has declared "scary".

Veterans Affairs Minister Johnny Mercer (pictured) said, "The military has always ensured that those who break the law are accountable – our ability to do so sets us apart from those with whom we fight. "

The change would also be aimed at limiting the number of criminal cases that soldiers face, although the details are unclear. It is understood that the Conservatives plan to make further reforms to ensure that criminal cases are eliminated.

They also unveiled tax relief proposals for companies by removing their national insurance contributions for one year for each committed veteran.

The party is committed to providing "wraparound" childcare services to military families, including breakfast clubs and extracurricular clubs. This would cover the early beginnings and late arrivals of parents who work with children aged 4 to 11 to persuade women to stay in uniform.

Veterans will also be guaranteed a job interview regardless of the public sector position they are applying for in order to overcome barriers to employment. Mr. Johnson said, "With these measures, children currently serving will benefit from more help.

"And that will mean we are exploiting the enormous contribution that veterans can make to our businesses and public sector organizations."

Mr. Wallace added, "In the era of advanced technologies and automation, it is easy to forget that the most important equipment of the armed forces are the men and women who serve. This policy demonstrates our commitment to them and recognizes the pressures they face. & # 39;

Jeremy Corbyn also announced a series of reforms, promising decent housing for the military and their families and better access to schools.

The Labor Party announced that it would consult on the establishment of a similar body to the Police Federation in order to give a "voice" to the military and women.

US general condemns witch hunt

By Larisa Brown Editor-in-Chief of Defense and Security

A former American general today denounces the United Kingdom's "unjust" legal witch hunt for soldiers and veterans.

General David Petraeus, who led the coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, will say with dismay that the troops who served in Northern Ireland remain at risk of prosecution decades later.

His intervention comes in a report of a think tank resistant to the "judicialization" of the war. General Petraeus wrote: "British soldiers are increasingly subject to a different legal regime from that of their American counterparts".

The former CIA chief said that the extension of the European Convention on Human Rights to the battlefield had made "inevitable a lengthy lawsuit against British soldiers," adding: "This risk promoting a culture of risk aversion in the ranks.

"The unfair pursuit of British soldiers and veterans in the aftermath of operations is of particular concern. This has caused tremendous stress and anxiety to those involved in investigations, sometimes years, even decades after their military service.

"The extent to which those who served in Northern Ireland decades ago, including the distinguished scholar and soldier-scholar Sir Frank Kitson, remain exposed to legal risk is striking and appalling.

"This is not only unfair to those who have served and made sacrifices for their country, it seriously undermines the morale of those who serve now and raises unnecessary concern for potential recruits."

Professors Richard Ekins and Julie Marionneau, who drafted the Policy Exchange report, say ministers must maintain the policy of derogation from the ECHR in future fights, as promised by the conservative party.

The two men also argue that the human rights law needs to be changed.

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