Immunity for soldiers who worked in Northern Ireland.

Do not prosecute the military for its work in Northern Ireland. Our military should be excused all criminal investigations after a period of time.

This petition closed on 13 Sep 2019 with 150,324 signatures


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Recent Documents related to Immunity for soldiers who worked in Northern Ireland.

1. Immunity for soldiers who worked in Northern Ireland.
02/03/2019 - Petitions

Found: Do not prosecute the military for its work in Northern Ireland. Our military should be excused all criminal

2. Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd - written evidence
26/06/2018 - Inquiry: Statute of limitations – veterans protection - Defence Committee
- View source

Found: veterans in northern ireland and launches fresh inquiryjune 2018 Summary   In recent times the military have

3. Armed forces and investigation and prosecution of historical cases
22/02/2017 - Parliamentary Research

Found: Sarah Pepin Subject specialists: Paul Bowers (Northern Ireland), Claire Mills (Armed Forces) Opposition

4. Written Evidence: Dr Jonathan Morgan, Reader in English Law, University of Cambridge (supplementary) (OOB09)
21/10/2020 - Bill Documents

Found: However, the Bill should also restate combat immunity in tort claims alongside an expanded scheme for

5. Briefing Paper on the Bill
22/09/2020 - Bill Documents

Found: Service Police Legacy Investigations (SPLI) 13 Iraq Fatalities Investigations (IFI) 14 1.3 Operation

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Immunity for soldiers who worked in Northern Ireland.

1. Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill
23/09/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: Defence Secretary, HC 295, and on 7 July 2020 on work of the Chief of the Defence Staff, HC 594; Defence - Speech Link
2: beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.The men and women of our armed forces are - Speech Link
3: meantime, our troops had to endure repeated investigations, interviews and, in some cases, prosecutions - Speech Link

2. Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill
03/11/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: new clause would set a timetable for police investigations into alleged conduct during overseas operations - Speech Link
2: the following:New clause 2—Limitation of time for minor offences—“No proceedings shall - Speech Link

3. Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill
09/07/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: offence relates to events which took place in Northern Ireland and which have been the subject of an investigation - Speech Link
2: want to say at once to our colleagues from Northern Ireland that I deliberately did not speak on Second - Speech Link
3: across all of the United Kingdom who gave of their time, their duty and, for too many, their lives in defence - Speech Link

4. Immunity for Soldiers
20/05/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: considered e-petition 243947 relating to immunity for soldiers.It is a pleasure to serve under your - Speech Link

5. Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill (Seventh sitting)
20/10/2020 - Public Bill Committees

1: public interest in maintaining public trust in the criminal justice system and upholding the principle of - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Immunity for soldiers who worked in Northern Ireland.
1. Time Zones: Northern Ireland
asked by: Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown
26/02/2020
...To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Northern Ireland will operate in a different time zone to the rest of the UK for half of the year after December 2020.

2. Criminal Investigation: Northern Ireland
asked by: Lord Empey
26/03/2020
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their definition of "compelling new evidence" for any investigation of cases related to the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

3. Military Bases: Northern Ireland
asked by: Colum Eastwood
11/01/2021
... what the estimated value is of each his Department's sites in Northern Ireland.

4. Military Aid: Northern Ireland
asked by: Gavin Robinson
18/01/2021
... how many Military Aid to Civil Authority (MACA) requests were (a) made of and (b) approved by his Department from Northern Ireland up to 12 January 2021.

5. Military Bases: Northern Ireland
asked by: Stephen Farry
26/02/2020
... County Down.

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After the Good Friday Agreement prisoners were released. Our military should be excused criminal investigations after a certain period of time.


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Government Response

This Government is unequivocal in our admiration for the Armed Forces whose sacrifices ensured terrorism would never succeed. However, our approach to the past must be consistent with the rule of law.


Criminal investigations and prosecutions are a matter for the police and prosecuting authorities who act independently of government and politicians.
This Government believes in the rule of law. Where there is evidence of wrongdoing it is right that this should be investigated and, where the evidence exists, for prosecutions to follow. We do not support amnesties or immunity from prosecution.

This Government will always salute the heroism and bravery of the soldiers and police officers who served to protect the people of Northern Ireland, and in too many cases paid the ultimate price. It is only due to the courageous efforts of our security forces that we have the relative peace and stability that Northern Ireland enjoys today. Our security forces ensured that Northern Ireland’s future will only ever be decided by democracy and consent, and never by violence. Over 250,000 people served in Northern Ireland during Operation Banner, the longest continuous military deployment in our country’s history, the vast majority with courage, professionalism and great distinction. This Government will never forget the debt of gratitude we owe them.

The Government has been clear that the current system for dealing with the legacy of Northern Ireland’s past is not working well and is in need of reform. The system to investigate the past needs to change to provide better outcomes for victims and survivors of the Troubles and to ensure that all, including members of the Armed Forces and police officers, are treated fairly.

That is why across Government we are working on proposals on how to best move forward, to address the legacy of the past. As part of this, we recently carried out a consultation a draft Stormont House Agreement Bill which set out how improvements could be made.

We are carefully considering the large number of responses (over 17,000) to our consultation on this issue and aim to publish our next steps shortly. No final decisions have yet been taken but we are committed to a way forward that works for everyone and is balanced, proportionate, transparent, fair and equitable.

Northern Ireland Office.


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