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Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Justice: Public Protection Update (30 Mar 2022)

Dominic Raab: Today, the Government is publishing the ‘Root and Branch Review of the Parole System: The Future of the Parole System in England and Wales’. As Secretary of State for Justice, I am committed to protecting the public and improving victims’ experience of the Criminal Justice System. The parole system has a critical part to play in ensuring both aims are met – it prevents criminals that...

Justice: Ukraine: Potential War Crimes by Russia (22 Mar 2022)

Dominic Raab: With your forbearance, Mr Speaker, may I join the expression that you gave on the fifth anniversary of the murder of PC Palmer? I send my sympathies to the family and our total solidarity in this House with those who risk their lives on the frontline. Vladimir Putin’s regime is responsible for an illegal invasion. There is strong evidence of war crimes and we believe that those responsible...

Justice: Ukraine: Potential War Crimes by Russia (22 Mar 2022)

Dominic Raab: We are doing two things in particular. First, I have convened a cross-Whitehall group, which we have done in the past, to ensure that we can provide whatever support may be needed for everything from witness protection services to the gathering of evidence and information co-operation. Secondly, I have been to The Hague and I will be going back this week. I am working with a coalition of...

Justice: Ukraine: Potential War Crimes by Russia (22 Mar 2022)

Dominic Raab: My hon. Friend will know that, because of the Sergei Magnitsky regime for asset freezes and visa bans for anyone who has committed serious human rights abuses, we already have that capacity in place. That is on top of the further co-operation that we will provide with the ICC and, I should mention, that the Attorney General will provide with the prosecutor general of Ukraine.

Justice: Ukraine: Potential War Crimes by Russia (22 Mar 2022)

Dominic Raab: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. I am always careful to allow the ICC, of which both the prosecutor and the chambers of the Court are independent, to make those determinations, but the points of principle that he has set out are absolutely right. There must be no impunity for those in Moscow or the commanders on the ground who commit those atrocities.

Justice: Ukraine: Potential War Crimes by Russia (22 Mar 2022)

Dominic Raab: My hon. Friend is right. We secured the election of Karim Khan and Jo Korner. They operate independently on the Court but it is a sign of how well regarded this country’s legal profession is that we have two such senior figures there, as well as the registrar. Again, they operate independently, but we are working with the Ukrainian authorities, led by the Attorney General. I am also going...

Justice: Ukraine: Potential War Crimes by Russia (22 Mar 2022)

Dominic Raab: My hon. Friend is right, although, of course, we have a war going on and we need to be realistic that that will take time and strategic patience. We had Radovan Karadžić, the butcher of the Balkans, delivered to a British jail cell last year under a sentence enforcement agreement that I happened to negotiate with the UN in 2004. These things will take time; that is the realpolitik that we...

Justice: Ukraine: Potential War Crimes by Russia (22 Mar 2022)

Dominic Raab: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right, and I thank him for what he has said. I would be happy to update the House through oral questions or other means, and I am very happy to meet him. It is absolutely right that there will not be a peaceful settlement to this. I think we can all agree that trusting Vladimir Putin to keep his word is going to be a very tall order for anyone in the...

Justice: Ukraine: Potential War Crimes by Russia (22 Mar 2022)

Dominic Raab: I thank the hon. Gentleman, who makes a really important point. Of course, I must at this point say that it will be for the ICC, which operates independently, to determine the temporal scope of its jurisdiction.

Justice: Ukraine: Potential War Crimes by Russia (22 Mar 2022)

Dominic Raab: I thank the hon. Gentleman, and I think he is right. Of course, one of the things Putin has done is to clamp down on all independent sources of media, but that is of course something that we are looking at trying to support so that Russians get the facts on the ground. He is also right to say that the conscripts, as well as the commanders, are at risk here. Many of those young Russian...

Justice: Ukraine: Potential War Crimes by Russia (22 Mar 2022)

Dominic Raab: I thank the hon. Gentleman, who I know has long had an interest in this area of accountability, and he is absolutely right. Of course, one of the critical issues right now is the preservation of evidence—not just that crimes were committed, but on whose orders they may have been committed. Those are all things we are looking at, and I think it is important that we work with all our allies...

Justice: Bill of Rights and Human Rights Act 1998 (22 Mar 2022)

Dominic Raab: The Government were elected on a manifesto commitment to replace the Human Rights Act 1998, and we have launched a consultation on a UK-wide Bill of Rights. We intend to bring forward legislation in the next Session.

Justice: Bill of Rights and Human Rights Act 1998 (22 Mar 2022)

Dominic Raab: I thank my hon. Friend, and he is absolutely right that the Nationality and Borders Bill is crucial for dealing with those issues—not just as a matter of the protection of our borders, but in stemming this appalling trade in misery. The Bill of Rights would make sure that we have the right balance of protecting our freedoms by ensuring that the Executive can be held to account, but also...

Justice: Bill of Rights and Human Rights Act 1998 (22 Mar 2022)

Dominic Raab: My hon. Friend is bang on; he speaks in a very straightforward way, but I think that is what the public expect. We are not talking about undermining the fundamental freedoms—in fact, we are going to strengthen them, including free speech. We are making sure that those who do us harm or have been convicted of serious offences can be returned home without elastic interpretations of rights...

Justice: Bill of Rights and Human Rights Act 1998 (22 Mar 2022)

Dominic Raab: We are of course familiar with the views of the Law Society and others but respectfully disagree, and in the end it is not solely our job to listen to legal practitioners, important as they are, or indeed to serve their interests, but also to stand up for victims and the public and make sure we have a common-sense approach to justice. [Interruption.] I respectfully disagree with the hon....

Justice: Bill of Rights and Human Rights Act 1998 (22 Mar 2022)

Dominic Raab: Although I disagree with the hon. Gentleman, I pay respect to the way he has introduced this question. There is a school of thought—I have been up to Edinburgh and discussed this with the Scottish Government—that we should expand a wider range of policy issues, social and economic, and environmental goals, and turn them into judicially enforceable rights. Many of those areas involve...

Justice: Bill of Rights and Human Rights Act 1998 (22 Mar 2022)

Dominic Raab: I am afraid that I will not, and I respectfully disagree. I will side with the local authorities of whatever political colour or composition who are trying to serve their constituents. They of course need to be held to the rule of law and be accountable, but I am not on the side of the lawyers suing local authorities.

Justice: Bill of Rights and Human Rights Act 1998 (22 Mar 2022)

Dominic Raab: It is really important that the hon. Lady raises the question of the Windrush scandal. Hon. Members across the House would agree that that should never have happened, but of course it happened throughout the entirety of the entry into force of the Human Rights Act and there was nothing about the Act that led to the situation being addressed in this House—that was down to hon. Members who...

Justice: Topical Questions (22 Mar 2022)

Dominic Raab: Last week, I went to The Hague to offer British assistance to the International Criminal Court in bringing those responsible for war crimes in Ukraine to justice. Russian commanders carrying out war crimes should know that they cannot act with impunity and that, like Karadžić and Charles Taylor before them, their actions risk landing them in a jail cell. I also set out proposals to tackle...


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