Paying tax in the UK could be an international crime

parliament_001With all of the fuss in the press about corporations not paying tax to the government, they may inadvertently be obeying the law, and those who pay tax may well be international criminals – who would have thought it!

If you pay taxes in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland you are committing an offence under the International Criminal Court Act 2001 (Section 59 in Northern Ireland, and Section 52 in England and Wales).

Under the Act, it is illegal for a person or organisation to provide the means for another person or organisation to commit acts of genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes anywhere in the world. In providing the means the person or organisation commits and ancillary offence.

Section 55(1) of the Act states “References in this Part to an ancillary offence under the law of England and Wales are to—

  • aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the commission of an offence,
  • inciting a person to commit an offence,
  • attempting or conspiring to commit an offence, or
  • assisting an offender or concealing the commission of an offence.”

This means that giving financial support to a person or organisation who you suspect of committing an offence of genocide, war crime, or crime against humanity is illegal, and you are responsible and must cease such support as soon as you are aware of your legal obligations and complicity in in the crime(s). Not to do so means that you are fully accountable for the ancillary offence(s).

You may be wondering what this has to do with you.

The government of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland have committed multiple crimes against the peoples of other sovereign nations, including genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity (as defined by the legislation).

For example, sending a missile into a populated area such as a town, village, or other populated place which is not primarily a military installation is an act of genocide under the Act.

By engaging in military action the government has committed crimes under international law, which expressly forbids the use of military action except in very specific circumstances, or aiding and abetting those engaged in military action either within their own sovereign state or in another sovereign state.

Acts of war and military aggression have been illegal since 1950 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the primary seven Nuremburg Principles as international statute criminal law.

The seven Nuremburg Principles are:

1)      Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefor and liable to punishment.

2)      The fact that internal law does not impose a penalty for an act which constitutes a crime under international law does not relieve the person who committed the act from responsibility under international law.

3)      The fact that a person who committed an act which constitutes a crime under international law acted as Head of State or responsible Government official does not relieve him from responsibility under international law.

4)      The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.

5)      Any person charged with a crime under international law has the right to a fair trial on the facts and law.

6)      The crimes hereinafter set out are punishable as crimes under international law:

a)      Crimes against peace:

i)        Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances;

ii)       Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the acts mentioned under (i).

b)      War crimes: Violations of the laws or customs of war which include, but are not limited to, murder, ill-treatment or deportation to slave-labor or for any other purpose of civilian population of or in occupied territory, murder or ill treatment of prisoners of war, of persons on the seas, killing of hostages, plunder of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.

c)       Crimes against humanity: Murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation and other inhuman acts done against any civilian population, or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, when such acts are done or such persecutions are carried on in execution of or in connection with any crime against peace or any war crime.

7)      Complicity in the commission of a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against humanity asset forth in Principle VI is a crime under international law.

The illegality of engaging in war was reinforced further in 1970 through the ‘DECLARATION ON PRINCIPLES OF INTERNATIONAL LAW CONCERNING FRIENDLY RELATIONS AND CO-OPERATION AMONG STATES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CHARTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS (GAR 2625)’ which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 24th October 1970 (Resolution 2625 (XXV)).

Each member state is obliged to adhere to the charter, which forbids the use of military force against the integrity of any State.

The charter consists of seven main sections, which detail the requirements member states must adhere to. The seven sections are:

1)      The principle that States shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations.

2)      The principle that States shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security and justice are not endangered.

3)      The principle concerning the duty not to intervene in matters within the domestic jurisdiction of any State, in accordance with the Charter.

4)      The duty of States to co-operate with one another in accordance with the Charter.

5)      The principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples.

6)      The principle of sovereign equality of States.

7)      The principle that States shall fulfil in good faith the obligations assumed by them in accordance with the Charter.

All of the national and international legislation is still in force, and has not been changed through amendments or other legislation. The government has signed up to these international agreements and are obliged to adhere to them.

In the case of Iraq, Blair came up with some smokescreen of an excuse for his arrangement with the Bush administration to invade the country. This was planned long before the invasion took place, and according to the evidence of an ex-security service agent, MI6 was told by Blair to find justification for the invasion before the public were fully aware of their illegal plans.

In more recent times, the assistance being given to the rebel faction in Syria is contrary to international law.

No matter what the world thought about Saddam Hussein in Iraq, or thinks about the Assad regime in Syria, the fact remains that the action taken against these countries is and was illegal, whether it is the direct action of invasion or the support of the puppet rebels in Syria.

The appalling statistics for civilian casualties in Iraq are that at least 250,000 CIVILIANS have been killed as direct action of the coalition forces, with estimates of up to one million indirect deaths. In Syria the statistics continue to rise as the people continue to suffer incredible hardship from both sides of the conflict (if the mainstream press is to be believed).

That is what a large proportion of tax paid in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland goes towards – the illegal activities of the government which results in millions around the world suffering. If you pay tax, or contribute in any way to facilitate the illegal actions of the government in these conflicts, you are guilty under international law.

The system is corrupt, with government, judicial system, and policing organisations not daring to take on the might of the powerful government. There have been attempts to being those responsible for these atrocities to justice, but they have been blocked somewhere along the line – not because the attempted prosecutions are not valid, but because of fear.

Of the 650 MPs elected to serve the people, not one has had the guts to pursue the government’s illegal activity. Under the regulations, if an MP suspects that the government are acting illegally then they are expected to resign their seat in protest, but we think that is highly unlikely to happen with the rich pickings on offer.

Years if research have gone into investigating the illegal actions of the government to ensure accuracy. This article is a brief synopsis and full credit goes to Make War History who we strongly recommend you visit for more in-depth information and ways in which you can make a real difference through simple actions.

Forget protesting and petitions – they are like throwing flowers at a tank. We need to cut off the fuel source so the illegal war machine is unable to operate.

Iraq and Syria are by no means the only conflicts that have taken place illegally. Since being on the throne, the Queen has signed 17 authorisations to start wars, but has never signed a directive to stop one.

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