Under-fire Tories launch inquiry into war crimes investigations after human rights committee hammering

Defence ministers have ordered a new inquiry into how war crimes are investigated, after their new combat zone immunity bill was ripped apart by the human rights committee. Since the second reading of the Overseas Operations Bill on 23 September, the legislation has been attacked by members of the human rights committee. With the proposals proving deeply unpopular and controversial, panicked Tories have launched a judge-led inquiry into how war crimes are investigated. Panicked In a press release on 13 October, defence secretary Ben Wallace said: Nobody wants to see service personnel subjected to drawn-out investigations, only for the allegations to prove to be false or unfounded. At…

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Inquiry hears child abuse victims felt they ‘would not be believed’

Children in care homes allegedly abused by the late lord Janner did not immediately contact police because they felt “fear, shame, embarrassment and confusion”, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has heard.Brian Altman QC, counsel to the inquiry, said complainants feared they “would not be believed”, while another said social care staff were “very dismissive” when their concerns were raised.The latest strand of the IICSA began on Monday, examining institutional responses to allegations of child sexual abuse against Lord Janner dating back half a century. Lord Janner was accused of 22 sexual offences (Anthony Devlin/PA) Lord Janner, a Labour MP from 1970 until 1997 when he…

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‘Schools aren’t always able to support young people.’ Charity launches inquiry into mental health in education.

Mental health charity Mind has launched an inquiry into how secondary schools support young people with mental health problems. The inquiry, ‘Educating Mental Health’, encourages young people, parents, and staff to speak out about their experience with mental health support in schools. The charity warned that going back to school with little support could have serious long-term effects on young people’s mental health. Vicki Nash, head of policy and campaigns at Mind, said: The pandemic has already had a devastating impact on the lives of millions of children in England and Wales. It’s good that for many, a return to school may mark something of a return to…

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