Crimes Against Humanity: Jurisdiction

Justice written question – answered on 7th January 2010.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has any plans to introduce legislation to restrict the universal jurisdiction of UK courts for crimes against humanity; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Claire Ward Claire Ward Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

The offence of crimes against humanity is found in the International Criminal Court Act 2001. It covers crimes committed in England and Wales and Northern Ireland by any person and crimes committed outside the UK by UK nationals, persons subject to UK service jurisdiction and UK residents (including persons who subsequently become resident in the UK).

The Government have no plans to restrict this jurisdiction of the UK courts for crimes against humanity.

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