LETTERS SENT

Lord Ahmed of Rotherham
The House of Lords
Westminster,
London SW1A 0PW

27th June 2012

I am writing at the suggestion of Sabine McNeill to ask if you would you be willing to hold a meeting in Parliament to brief MPs, Peers and the media on how to end and prevent war

For fifty years Government Ministers and Law Officers have deceived Parliament and the public over the legality of war. The claim, by the Prime Minister and Attorney General, that the attack on Libya would be lawful, was as false as the claims of legality made by Tony Blair and Lord Goldsmith to justify the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  The truth is that war is never legal, the Security Council is prohibited from using force and the killing of civilians is a crime of genocide.

No State or group of States has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other State.  Consequently, armed intervention and all other forms of interference or attempted threats against the personality of the State or against its political, economic and cultural elements are in violation of international law.

This statement, from the UN Declaration of Principles of International Law, spells out the law.  It is crystal clear. The use of force to attack another State is a violation of international law, and no State, or group of States may intervene in another State’s affairs.

Since 2001 Britain has waged three illegal wars in which 1m adults and 450,000 children have been killed, 3.5m have been injured and 8m have been driven into exile and destitution.  Not one of our victims was allowed to argue in court for their lives or the lives of their family before they were murdered.  These are the worst crimes in British history and they must be stopped.

I’d be very grateful if you would agree to meet with us so that we can explain the issues and get your advice on appropriate ways of disseminating the truth and stimulating action.

Yours sincerely

Chris Coverdale

Sir Menzies Campbell MP
The House of Commons
Westminster,
London SW1A 0AA

27th June 2012

For more than fifty years Government Ministers and Law Officers have deceived Parliament and the public over the legality of war.  The claim, by the Prime Minister and the Attorney General in 2011, that the attack on Libya would be lawful, was as false and deceptive as the claims of legality made by Tony Blair and Lord Goldsmith to justify the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

No State or group of States has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other State.  Consequently, armed intervention and all other forms of interference or attempted threats against the personality of the State or against its political, economic and cultural elements are in violation of international law.

This statement, from the 1970 UN Declaration of Principles of International Law, spells out the meaning of the UN Charter.  It is crystal clear. The use of force to attack another State is a violation of international law, and no State, or group of States such as NATO, ISAF or the EU, may intervene in another State’s affairs. So why does Parliament repeatedly support the UK and US Governments’ illegal wars and blatant violations of international law?

Since 2001 Britain has waged three illegal wars in which 1m adults and 450,000 children have been killed, 3.5m have been injured and 8m have been driven into exile and destitution.  Not one of our victims was allowed to argue in court for their lives or the lives of their family before they were murdered.  These are the worst crimes in British history and they must be stopped.

I am writing to ask if you would you be willing to sponsor a meeting in Parliament in which we can brief MPs and the media on the illegality of war and how to end the conflict in Afghanistan.

Yours sincerely

Chris Coverdale

Karl Turner MP
The Justice Committee
The House of Commons
Westminster,
London SW1A 0AA

26th June 2012

I am writing to you as a member of the Justice Committee to ask for your help in establishing the truth about the illegality of war so that the conflict in Afghanistan can be ended and future wars prevented.

For more than fifty years Government Ministers and lawyers have deceived Parliament and the public over the legality of war.  The claim, by the Prime Minister and the Attorney General in 2011, that the attack on Libya would be lawful, was as false as the claims of legality made by Tony Blair and Lord Goldsmith when justifying the wars and deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq.  The truth, that we are never told, is that war is always illegal, the UN Security Council is prohibited from using force and the killing of civilians during war is a crime of genocide.

To illustrate the gravity of the deception I ask you to read the following extract from the 1970 UN Declaration of Principles of International Law and consider how it accords with the armed attacks on Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya and the killing of 1.5m civilians.

No State or group of States has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other State.  Consequently, armed intervention and all other forms of interference or attempted threats against the personality of the State or against its political, economic and cultural elements are in violation of international law.

The law is crystal clear. The use of force is prohibited; the use of armed force to attack other States is a crime; no State or group of States, such as NATO, ISAF or the EU, may intervene in another State’s affairs and every State must obey, uphold and enforce the laws of war.  So why do our leaders and Governments repeatedly violate these binding international rules?

I therefore ask you to persuade the Committee to initiate an urgent inquiry into the legality of war.  Parliament, the armed forces and the public must learn the truth about the illegality of war, the lies of Ministers, the crimes committed by British citizens and the criminal liability of taxpayers.  The lives of thousands of British soldiers and Afghan civilians depend on your willingness to establish the truth.

Yours sincerely

Chris Coverdale

The Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith
Chairman, the Justice Committee
The House of Commons
Westminster,
London SW1A 0AA

26th June 2012

I am writing to you as a member of the Justice Committee to ask for your help in establishing the truth about the illegality of war so that the conflict in Afghanistan can be ended and future wars prevented.

For more than fifty years Government Ministers and lawyers have deceived Parliament and the public over the legality of war.  The claim, by the Prime Minister and the Attorney General in 2011, that the attack on Libya would be lawful, was as false as the claims of legality made by Tony Blair and Lord Goldsmith when justifying the wars and deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq.  The truth, that we are never told, is that war is always illegal, the UN Security Council is prohibited from using force and the killing of civilians during war is a crime of genocide.

To illustrate the gravity of the deception I ask you to read the following extract from the 1970 UN Declaration of Principles of International Law and consider how it accords with the armed attacks on Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya and the killing of 1.5m civilians.

No State or group of States has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other State.  Consequently, armed intervention and all other forms of interference or attempted threats against the personality of the State or against its political, economic and cultural elements are in violation of international law.

The law is crystal clear. The use of force is prohibited; the use of armed force to attack other States is a crime; no State or group of States, such as NATO, ISAF or the EU, may intervene in another State’s affairs and every State must obey, uphold and enforce the laws of war.  So why do our leaders and Governments repeatedly violate these binding international rules?

I therefore ask you to persuade the Committee to initiate an urgent inquiry into the legality of war.  Parliament, the armed forces and the public must learn the truth about the illegality of war, the lies of Ministers, the crimes committed by British citizens and the criminal liability of taxpayers.  The lives of thousands of British soldiers and Afghan civilians depend on your willingness to establish the truth.

Yours sincerely

Chris Coverdale

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