Category - Armed Forces

  • May 2, 2011

    The incongruity appeared to raise little comment. At a wedding - perhaps one of the most tender of human ceremonies in its manifestation of love and hope - all the principal male figures wore the uniforms of forces whose business is armed conflict.

  • April 8, 2011

    A report by Egyptian activist Maikel Nabil Sanad has challenged the perception that the the armed forces played a positive role in the country's revolution.

  • March 15, 2011

    Forces Watch has said that a report by MPs reveals confusion at the highest levels over the laws on people aged under 18 in the armed forces.

  • March 10, 2011

    Human rights campaigners have welcomed an MP's attempt to raise the minimum age of enlistment in the UK armed forces to eighteen.

  • March 8, 2011

    Defence Secretary Liam Fox is pushing through an Armed Forces Bill that will make no meaningful changes to the armed forces. Fox and his allies use gung-ho rhetoric about "supporting our boys" while neglecting the human rights of forces personnel.

  • February 7, 2011

    Quakers in Britain are calling for Parliament to amend the Armed Forces Bill in order to to raise the age of enlistment, currently set at sixteen.

  • February 4, 2011

    Armed forces chaplains play a crucial role in providing pastoral support to people who face danger and death on a daily basis. But chaplains' independence is compromised by the fact that they are members of the forces themselves. Churches that take a stand on wider issues of peace and war are rarely willing to question the ethics of the armed forces. Why has this situation arisen? And how can we change it?

  • January 10, 2011

    Defence Secretary Liam Fox is being urged to uphold the right of armed forces personnel to be given a discharge if they develop a conscientious objection.

  • January 9, 2011

    Children and young people's rights groups are calling for a change in the law to end the recruitment of sixteen and seventeen-year-olds into the UK armed forces.

  • November 12, 2010

    The oldest former member of the UK's navy has been described as a “pacifist” by his family. Claude Choules, 109, has refused to mark Armistice Day this week.