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Crimes against Humanity

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL988, tabled on 1 July 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have made to ensure that early warning systems and country analysis include indicators of genocide and crimes against humanity, and that there is sufficient interdepartmental co-operation to achieve this.

Answered on

13 July 2015

The British Government produces an annual internal risk report on fragile states called Countries at Risk of Instability (CRI). The report is used to help policy makers prioritise countries for Government engagement and ensure that policy responses are best placed to tackle evolving instability risks. As part of the CRI process, indicators that highlight a higher risk of mass atrocities occurring are used, such as levels of internal state repression, levels of inter-communal factionalism and the type of regime a country operates. The reports indicator set reflects best practice from many similar non-governmental organisations and partner governments approaches. Data is collected from a wide range of sources, including academia and Government subject matter expertise. The report is produced by the Cabinet Office and coordinates input from all relevant government departments and agencies.