Genocide

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 9th March 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 14 March 2016 (HL6611), what “international judicial system” bodies they accept as legitimate to make a determination on whether genocide has occurred.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

We continue to believe that the recognition of genocide should be a matter for competent courts, and be decided by judges after consideration of all the evidence available in the context of a credible judicial process. A recent example was in November 2017, when the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia convicted Ratko Mladić of genocide for his role in the Srebrenica massacre. The UK position is clear that there must be no impunity for the most serious international crimes.

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