Tuesday 20 February 2018 the Iraq War Families Campaign Group (IFCG), campaigning for the families of the 179 servicemen and women killed in the Iraq War, launched another crowdfund “to hold the government to account for not implementing any of the recommendations from the Chilcot Inquiry”.
After the publication of the Chilcot Report on 6 July 2016, the IFGC launched a crowdfund to instruct their lawyers to find out whether the British state officials involved in the decision-making process that led to military action in Iraq could face trial.
As ICFG spokespersons Roger Bacon and Reg Keys explain, the English courts prevented this possibility from happening, so today the only way forward to ensure that such wrongdoing never happens again is through Parliament.
As Mr. Bacon and Mr. Keys put it: “We don’t want to see any other of our service men and women sent to fight and die unnecessarily and without just cause or purpose. We are taking action to force the government to introduce the recommendations and in particular to ensure they put in place safeguards to decision making that would stop another conflict like Iraq taking place.”
On 10 January 2018 the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) of the House of Commons published its Report in which it stated that “Government still rejects need for stronger decision-making safeguards” adding that the Committee “is disappointed with the Government’s response given the clear evidence of the need for improvements to public inquiries and Government decision making that the Committee received.”
The Global Committee for the Rule of Law “Marco Pannella” and the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational Transparty fully support the new initiative in that it is crucial to promote and enforce the rule of law through the citizens’ right to know how and what decisions governments make on their behalf.
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