Backfire Manual: Tactics Against Injustice

Brian Martin’s manual provides practical guidance on using the backfire model. It is for those who are taking action against injustice and who want to think carefully about the most effective steps to take. https://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/resource/backfire-manual-tactics-injustice/

Sarah Atherton | MP for Wrexham

Sarah Atherton is a British politician, who has served as the Member of Parliament for Wrexham since the 2019 general election. In this extract she questions Sir General Nick Carter about diversity within the armed forces.

Widow of Armed Forces Captain, killed in unclear circumstances, calls for Inquiry

The widow of a British serviceman who was run over and killed by a forklift truck, driven by an American soldier, is to meet the US ambassador and request an independent inquiry into his death. Linda Sprouting, from Denny near Falkirk, Scotland, told Sky News she felt the circumstances surrounding her husband’s death were “uncertain” […]

Why the Armed Forces needs its own Military #MeToo moment

By Deborah Haynes.  @haynesdeborah Retired Lieutenant-Colonel Diane Allen OBE, asks other serving women to get in touch and share their stories, after resigning due to alleged discrimination. https://news.sky.com/story/british-army-needs-its-metoo-moment-says-former-top-female-officer-11994384

MoD agrees to look again at rape cases in the Armed Forces.

Armed Forces rape cases could be heard in civilian courts, after the Ministry of Defence agreed to consider proposals following appeals by victims. In a letter seen by The Daily Telegraph, it is stated that Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary, “has decided to give fresh consideration” to a legal challenge brought by three women who claim […]

It wasn’t just army banter – it was racism

When David Nkomo joined the Army in 2009 he was full of ambition. Awarded best recruit when he passed out of training age 23, he served one tour in Afghanistan with the Rifles. But four years later the career he had hoped for was over because he says he could no longer tolerate the racial […]

Armed Forces Chief says we must do more to stamp out racism.

In response to the most recent report of on-going racism in the Armed Forces, the current Armed Forces Chief signalled his intent to ‘double-down’ on efforts to stamp out racism. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8411443/Armed-forces-chief-General-Sir-Nick-Carter-says-confront-racism-military.html

Internal report (the Wigston Review), finds serious failings and inappropriate behaviours

The Wigston Review reports serious ongoing failings and inappropriate behaviours. The review was conducted by Air Chief Marshal Wigston. Published 15 July 2019. The MoD accepted all findings and agreed to set up an independent Defence Authority. For the full document link.  https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/817838/20190607_Defence_Report_Inappropriate_Behaviours_Final_ZKL.pdf The report was commissioned by the Ministry of Defence to look into inappropriate […]

British Army Sexual Harassment report, 2015. Sexual harassment still a problem.

British Army Sexual Harassment report, 2015. Technical report detailing the findings from a study investigating the nature, prevalence, and management of sexual harassment within the British Army. Published 20 July 2015 Source. Ministry of Defence. 2015. READ MORE. 2015.  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/british-army-sexual-harassment-report-2015  

Hidden Figures? The True Scale of Military Sexual Allegations.

Video Link, 21st July 2019 Text: At least 60 sexual offence allegations investigated by military service police in two years were not reported in official figures, the BBC has found. Figures for 2017 and 2018 did not include alleged offences such as possessing indecent images of children or stalking involving fear of violence. Human rights […]

Military staff fear redundancy if they complain about bullying, says report

The UK Defence select committee review urges appointment of Armed Forces Ombudsman to oversee cases of victimisation. “Without accurate figures, the MoD is unaware of how severe a problem it is dealing with in relation to sexual offences within the armed forces.” The report adds: “We are concerned that the commissioner and others are reporting that […]

Mother wins MoD apology over ‘Snatch’ Land Rover death

In July 2005, Sue Smith’s son, Pte Phillip Hewett, was killed by a roadside bomb while travelling in a lightly armoured “snatch” Land Rover in Iraq. He was the ninth of 37 service personnel to be killed in the vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan, which came to be known as “mobile coffins”.  Following a legal […]

Army bullying a ‘factor in suicide’ for Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement

In summary, the inquest into her death, found: Bullying and the “lingering” effect of an alleged rape were factors in the suicide of a soldier found hanged in her barracks, a coroner has ruled. Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement, 30, from Bournemouth, died in October 2011. The inquest heard she was “absolutely devastated” at a decision by […]

Recruiting Deaths at DeepCut barracks – families fight lengthy legal battle.

DeepCut was a tragedy for the families of those who died. It also became a lengthy legal contest, with the family compelled to fight for years to compel the Police authorities to investigate further. The details that emerged over nearly 2 decades of Police and media investigation, illustrated a plethora of changes required for the […]