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Afghanistan: Detainees

Volume 688: debated on Tuesday 9 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When updates to Joint Warfare Publication 1–10 were completed; what changes were made; and how these changes will affect operational practice towards detainees in Afghanistan. [HL819]

The Joint Warfare Publication 1-10 was replaced by the Joint Doctrine Publication 1-10 in May 2006 Prisoners of War, Internees and Detainees. Joint Doctrine Publication 1-10 has been separated into three sections—Prisoners of War, Internees and Detainees—reflecting the requirement for differing approaches to the range of categorisation of those captured, interned or detained by UK Armed Forces deployed on operations abroad.

This publication recognises the change from the post-Cold War environment to the UK's more expeditionary approach and peace enforcement operations. It provides clarification on current detention procedures giving guidance on, among other things, the standards of treatment and facilities for prisoners of war, internees and detainees, and the training of UK Armed Forces on the handling of detained personnel.

Joint Doctrine Publication 1-10 remains in line with domestic UK law, international law and the laws of armed conflict, as does our operational practice towards detainees in Afghanistan which reflects Joint Doctrine Publication 1-10.