Islamic State: International Criminal Court

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Economy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the International Criminal Court to reconsider its decision not to open a preliminary examination into crimes committed by Daesh.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

‚ÄčIn her press statement of 8 April 2015, the ICC Prosecutor set out some of the complicated issues associated with any potential investigation of Daesh by the ICC. The UK fully respects the independence of the ICC Prosecutor in this matter. On 14 August 2017, the Government of Iraq wrote to the UN Secretary General, requesting support to hold Daesh accountable for their crimes. The UK is working with the UN Security Council to deliver this support.

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