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Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL1550, tabled on 7 July 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the publication of the Yazidi Justice Committee Report on State Responsibility and the Yazidi Genocide on 6 July, what steps they have taken, or are planning to take, to refer (1) Syria, (2) Iraq, or (3) Turkey, to the International Court of Justice for alleged violations of the Genocide Convention to make a formal determination of genocide and associated international obligations.

Answered on

21 July 2022

We note the findings from the Yazidi Justice Committee's report. The UK has focused its response to the abhorrent crimes that Daesh inflicted by supporting the Government of Iraq to take the necessary actions to secure justice for the Yazidi people and many other victims of Daesh's crimes.

This includes leadership in ensuring that the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2379 to establish a UN Investigative Team for the Accountability of Daesh (UNITAD) and supporting this with £2 million in funding. We are encouraging close co-operation between UNITAD and the Government of Iraq to achieve justice for Daesh's victims.

We will continue to use our position at the UN, including as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to raise situations of concern and to support the deployment of all appropriate tools available to the UN in dealing with potential mass atrocities. Our focus is always on securing an end to violence and protecting civilians.