The Supreme Court has deemed that British soldiers serving in battle abroad are to be protected under the Human Rights legislation, according to a report by the BBC.
The judgement will have huge effects upon how the Ministry of Defence treats and protects serving troops.
The case follows the deaths of Lee Ellis, Phillip Hewett and Kirk Redpath, who died serving between 2005 and 2007.
All three soldiers were killed in a weakly protected Land Rover, which has been dubbed by many in the military as a “mobile coffin” due to the amount of injuries and deaths which have occurred within the vehicle.
Several issues were considered by the Supreme Court, though the focus primarily covered the issue of British soldiers serving abroad and their protection under human rights legislation, alongside whether it is fair and just to impose a duty of care upon the Ministry of Defence.
The court also commented that it was important that certain situations will not allow soldiers to be covered by this legislation, during situations such as high level policy decisions made by the MoD, or during decisions made in the heat of battle.
Emma Norton, legal officer of campaign group Liberty, told the Daily Mail: “Those sent abroad to fight do not leave their small bundle of fundamental rights with anxious families at home. It may be little consolation to those grieving for lost loved ones but it is vital to future generations of UK military personnel that they have the protection of the Human Rights Act.”
Susan Smith, mother of Phillip Hewett, spoke to the Guardian, saying: “We have won at last. To be honest we didn’t expect to. The MoD will now have to make sure our soldiers are safe abroad. What we have done now will make a lot of difference to people in the future. There will have to be protection in place.
“Phillip is dead. Nothing is going to bring him back. But there are other boys out there. We don’t understand why the MoD didn’t just admit they got it wrong years ago.”
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