Burma: International Criminal Court

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 27th July 2018.

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Photo of Deidre Brock Deidre Brock Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Devolved Government Relations), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Environment and Rural Affairs), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is the Government's policy to support the drafting of a resolution at the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, to the International Criminal Court so that allegations of atrocities can be impartially investigated.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

We continue to work in the UN Security Council to ensure it remains strongly focused on the Rohingya crisis, including discussing accountability. While we keep this under constant review, we are not pursuing a referral to the ICC at this time for two reasons. First, we know the Council is divided on the issue of an ICC referral. A vetoed resolution now would do nothing to further the cause of accountability. Second, on 31 May the Burmese Government announced its own Commission of Inquiry to investigate human rights violations in northern Rakhine. The UK has welcomed the Commission while making clear that it needs to be credible, transparent and impartial. The ICC only takes up cases if referred when national authorities prove unable or unwilling to prosecute.

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