Judge Questions Human Rights of Troops Without Equipment

11 April 2008 (Last Updated April 11th, 2008 10:11)

A UK judge has told the government sending soldiers into the battlefield without the necessary equipment could be an infringement on their human rights. High Court Judge Justice Collins said human rights laws could apply to troops serving abroad. Lawyers for the Ministry of De

A UK judge has told the government sending soldiers into the battlefield without the necessary equipment could be an infringement on their human rights.

High Court Judge Justice Collins said human rights laws could apply to troops serving abroad.

Lawyers for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) argued that it was "impossible" to give soldiers on active service "the benefits of the Human Rights Act", the BBC reports.

The MoD says it will appeal against the ruling.

Lawyers for the Defence Secretary went to the High Court to challenge comments made by a coroner in Oxfordshire after an inquest into the death of Private Jason Smith, 32, who died of heatstroke in 2003.

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