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Islamic State: Crimes against Humanity

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL14767, tabled on 25 March 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 March (HL Deb, cols 1523–5), what discussions they have had with the government of Iraq in relation to the evidence received from the mass graves’ investigative team established by the UN Security Council Resolution 2379; what is the current estimate of the number of British nationals detained in (1) Iraq, and (2) Syria, awaiting prosecution for involvement and complicity in Daesh atrocities; and what estimate they have made of the number of British nationals related to Daesh fighters remaining in the territory of (1) Iraq, and (2) Syria and who are awaiting transfer to the UK.

Answered on

3 April 2019

Our Embassy in Baghdad has had regular discussions with the Government of Iraq and the UN Investigative Team for the Accountability of Daesh, encouraging close co-operation between them to achieve justice for the victims of Daesh's crimes. For security reasons, we do not comment on the numbers of British nationals who are detained or suspected of being linked to Daesh. We continue to work with partners in the pursuit of justice and ensure that where crimes have been committed, individuals are brought to justice in accordance with due legal process.