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Britain to allow troops to opt-out of human rights law

The British government said it would allow soldiers to sidestep the European Convention on Human Rights during times of conflict, depending on an assessment of the circumstancesBritain on Tuesday announced plans to allow its soldiers to opt out of European human rights law, in a move Prime Minister Theresa May said would end “the industry of vexatious claims” against troops. Under the new proposal the British government said it would allow soldiers to sidestep the European Convention on Human Rights during times of conflict, depending on an assessment of the circumstances. The plan, announced during the ruling Conservative Party’s annual conference, is intended to prevent legal claims against members of the armed forces which Defence Minister Michael Fallon said amounted to “false charges”.

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