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Tory MP seeks to derogate armed forces from international human rights law

Tory MP seeks to derogate armed forces from international human rights law

Points of order arefinally concluded, and Tory MP Leo Docherty tables his Armed Forces (Derogation from European Convention on Human Rights) Bill as a ten minute rule motion.

This would seek to ensure that the UK sought derogation from international human rights law, when it deployed troops abroad, to avoid them being taken to the international court, later on.

He says the bill aims that the armed forces are protected from legal pursuit and to ensure that the power of the military to carry out action is "undiminished".

"Soldiers do not want to be above the law," he says, "they just want to be protected by the correct laws."

There has been a "catalogue of injustices" involving soldiers since the adoption of the European Convention on Human Rights, he explains. Ten countries have taken themselves out of parts of the ECHR to prevent this, he says, and calls on the UK to do the same.

The bill proceeds without division.

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