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Crimes against Humanity

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 106712, tabled on 18 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment her Department has made of which countries are at risk of mass atrocity crimes.

Answered on

26 January 2022

A significant increase in violations and abuses of international human rights law and breaches of international humanitarian law can be an indicator of atrocity risks. The UK Government is committed to upholding and defending the international rule of law, and the rights and freedoms of people around the world. Our geographic departments lead on this, working closely with our network of UK Embassies and High Commissions overseas as well as relevant thematic experts within FCDO and partners across government to decide on the UK's response. For example, the cross-government Conflict, Stability and Security Fund has been used in Garissa County in Kenya, which has a long history of ethnic violence and conflict related to resource allocation and extremism, to fund confidence building and skills training for mediation, conflict resolution and negotiation for women who work in local peace committees. More broadly, UK action includes condemning human rights violations and abuses in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq, Libya, Myanmar, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and violations of human rights occurring in China. Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the FCDO has been working with partners to protect human rights.