Iraq: Trials

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 14th March 2019.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iraqi counterpart on the judicial process for the trial of non-combative civilians living in Daesh-controlled areas in that country, and the sentences handed down to those people.

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 British Government has regularly raised human rights concerns relating to the judicial process for persons suspected of support for Daesh with the Iraqi governmental and judicial authorities. In these discussions, including with the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council and the Iraqi Chief Justice, we have reiterated the importance of due process and our opposition to the death penalty. Our Embassy in Baghdad has also encouraged and facilitated contacts between the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council and the Royal Courts of Justice, who are looking at ways to provide support and capacity-building to their Iraqi counterparts.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.