The Ministry of Secrets? Patterns of secrecy and accountability evasion revealed in the MoD

AOAV’s research highlights the Ministry of Defence’s troubling patterns of secrecy, delays, and accountability evasion, calling for urgent reforms in its transparency practices.

Selective secrecy: AOAV criticises UK Minister Johnny Mercer’s lack of transparency on military misconduct

Minister Johnny Mercer outlined alleged British military misconducts in a 2021 interview but then denied FOI request and later.refused to disclose similar information to an independent inquiry.

Action on Armed Violence condemns the imprisonment of whistleblower David McBride for exposing Australian military unlawful killings

Action on Armed Violence condemns the imprisonment of whistleblower David McBride, who exposed Australian military war crimes in Afghanistan, highlighting the need for stronger whistleblower protections.

N1466: how a senior British army officer blew the whistle, alleging war crimes by SAS in Afghanistan

A senior SAS officer, known as N1466, exposed potential war crimes committed by SAS units in Afghanistan, leading to a significant investigation after revealing discrepancies in enemy casualties versus weapons recovered, and advocating for a deeper inquiry into these disturbing patterns.

Opinion: Conservative minister Johnny Mercer’s refusal to disclose identities of critical witnesses in SAS war crimes inquiry undermines the rule of law

Veterans Minister Johnny Mercer’s decision not to provide whistleblower names to an independent inquiry into alleged British special forces war crimes in Afghanistan raises critical concerns about the supremacy of democratic principles and the rule of law over personal loyalties.

Veteran’s minister Mercer given ultimatum in Afghanistan Inquiry

Johnny Mercer faces a legal ultimatum to disclose whistleblower identities in an inquiry into alleged unlawful SAS killings in Afghanistan, with potential jail or fines for non-compliance.

SAS members detained over alleged war crimes in Syria comes amid wider scrutiny of Britain’s ‘elite’ forces

British military police have detained five SAS members for alleged war crimes in Syria, spotlighting the elite unit’s conduct amidst ongoing investigations into unlawful killings in Afghanistan and involvement in a domestic drug network

Veterans Minister withholds suspects’ names in SAS war crimes inquiry

Johnny Mercer, Veterans Minister, refuses to disclose suspects’ names during a public inquiry into alleged extrajudicial killings by the SAS in Afghanistan, despite acknowledging the severity of the claims

The dates and number of those allegedly murdered by UK Special Forces in Afghanistan

AOAV details the evidence of widespread extrajudicial killings by UK Special Forces in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, with at least 26 specific operations and 84 Afghan males killed, including children.

Ministry of Defence refuses to detail Prince Harry’s 25 ‘combat kills’; claims it would cost too much

The British Ministry of Defence has refused a Freedom of Information request by AOAV to disclose details about Prince Harry’s reported killing of 25 Taliban fighters during his military service in Afghanistan.

University of Cambridge’s Wilberforce Society report on allegations of extrajudicial killings by UK Special Forces

This report allegations into extrajudicial killings by UK Special Forces in Afghanistan analyses both domestic and international factors and provides key recommendations.

British military deliberates: is releasing details of alleged war crimes to AOAV in public interest?

The UK Ministry of Defence delays releasing details on alleged war crimes by the UK military, citing a need to balance public interest and investigations, amidst AOAV’s call for transparency and accountability.