Tuesday, July 12, 2011

ECHR Ruling's Impact on UK

The Spectator reports on a European Court of Human Rights ruling that held that the UK's human rights obligations apply to its acts in Iraq, and that the UK had violated the European Convention on Human Rights in its failure to adequately investigate the killing of five Iraqi civilians by its forces there. The judgment overturns a House of Lords majority ruling four years ago that there was no UK human rights jurisdiction regarding the deaths.  The article suggests that with this ruling the British government will be pressured by activists to accept that human rights law applies to its acts anywhere in the world.