Genocide: Islamic State

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 9th October 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, whether the Government has formally recognised that Daesh has committed genocide.

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)

The UK Government believes that genocide should be a matter for judicial authorities to determine. However, this Government shares the House's condemnation of Daesh atrocities and led the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2379 with the Government of Iraq to hold Daesh to account for their crimes.

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