1960-1969 | Uncategorized | VIetnam

Britain backs escalation of U.S. assault on Vietnam

[ 13 June 1965 ] Today in 1965, Labour MP Tony Benn noted in his diary, regarding the situation in Vietnam, that ‘the Americans are now deciding to invade in full strength and we are left in the embarrassing position of appearing to support them.’1 Washington’s role had previously been limited to deploying military advisers and…

1960-1969 | Torture | Yemen

The routine use of torture against detainees in Aden

18 December 1965 On 18 December 1965, medical reports by the Aden Director of Health Services were submitted which corroborated allegations of torture made against the British run interrogation centre at Fort Morbut in Aden.1 A representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was eventually authorised to visit the prison to investigate on…

1960-1969 | Martial law | Torture | Yemen

Britain suspends the Aden constitution and imposes direct rule

25 September 1965 On 25 September 1965, the British government suspended the constitution in its colony of  Aden, officially known as the South Arabian Federation. All governing powers were placed in the hands of Sir Richard Turnbull, the high commissioner. The state legislature was dismissed and a dusk to dawn curfew imposed.1 A Downing Street…

1960-1969 | VIetnam

Harold Wilson declares his full support for U.S. war crimes

24 March 1965 On 24 March 1965, Prime Minister Harold Wilson made it clear that his government supported the US assault on Vietnam, including the extensive use of chemical warfare and napalm in the south and the bombing of North Vietnam in contravention of international law. He reminded MPs: ‘I have said a number of…