Iraq: Armed Forces

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 15th September 2017.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the behaviour of the Iraqi armed forces trained by UK armed forces is compliant with international (a) humanitarian and (b) human rights law.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence takes its role in promoting International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law very seriously. Before we undertake any training of foreign troops around the world, we assess the potential impact of the proposed training in relation to these laws and we seek to mitigate any risks. Our training in Iraq includes instruction on the Law of Armed Conflict. If we are made aware of any credible potential breaches of International Law we engage with the Iraqi authorities.

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