Lord Archer does something right

Finally, Lord Archer of Sandwell does something
right, by way of a private members bill introduced through the House of Lords. 

The bill called the
(Damages) Bill [HL] 2006-07
received its first reading in the House of
Lords today and is to make provision for actions for damages for torture. 

The purpose of
this Act is to make a person who commits torture, and any State whose servants
or agents commit torture, liable to an action for damages for the benefit of
the victim, in particular where the torture occurs in a country outside the
United Kingdom and it is impracticable for the victim or other person bringing
the claim to obtain effective redress in that country.

“State” means any
foreign or
commonwealth State (including the United Kingdom); and references to a State include
references to—

  • the sovereign or other head of that
    State in his public capacity;
  • the government of that State;
  • any department of that government;
  • where the act or omission
    constituting the torture arises from the exercise of sovereign authority,
    any entity which is distinct from the executive organs of the government
    of that State and is capable of suing and being sued.

The Bill also
amends the Civil Procedure Rules 1998, and the State
Immunity Act 1978, by inserting a new section 8a, which says,
A State is
not immune as respects proceedings in
England and Wales concerning an action for damages in
respect of torture or death caused by torture.

This is a bold
move on the part of Lord Archer and paves the way to find some justice on those
who would torture, especially State torture.

Perhaps we will
now see some justice over the Renditions issues,
Iraq and Zimbabwe.




About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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