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Armed Conflict

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 113161, tabled on 27 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what mechanisms are in place to enable members of the UK's armed forces or legal officers to report concerns about the legality of a military action.

Answered on

4 February 2022

The UK is bound to ensure that the Law of Armed Conflict is widely disseminated and this includes the provision of training by service lawyers for all military personnel. Members of the UK's armed forces must individually comply with the Law of Armed Conflict and report any concerns surrounding potential violations to their chain of command. Military commanders are responsible for preventing violations of the law, for reporting possible serious offences to the service police and for taking any necessary disciplinary action.