UK can take lead in averting mass atrocity crimes, MPs’ report says – The Guardian

‘The UK can take a lead in trying to forecast and avert mass atrocity crimes, MPs suggest in a report published on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2022


Supreme Court to rule on Rwandan genocide extradition this week – The Independent

‘Supreme Court judges will be asked this week to rule whether five men accused of taking part in the 1994 Rwandan genocide should be extradited to face trial.’

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The Independent, 2nd November 2014


Judicial Speeches, Gaza Boycotts and Social Media Crimes – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This week, former leaders of the Khmer Rouge face life imprisonment for crimes against humanity committed in Cambodia. In other news, the on-going conflict in Gaza sparks controversy at home, while the Lords inquiry into social media offences reaches an unexpected conclusion.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th August 2014


Charles Taylor, Liberian president who ‘ate the hearts of his enemies’, sues the UK government for denying him right to family life – The Independent

Posted June 19th, 2014 in appeals, crimes against humanity, human rights, news, United Nations by sally

‘An African warlord serving 50 years in prison for crimes against humanity is suing Britain for denying him the right to a family life.’

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The Independent, 19th June 2014


Al-Byati: Iraqi doctor denies tribunal claims – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2013 in asylum, crimes against humanity, doctors, Iraq, news, torture, tribunals by sally

“An Iraqi doctor has been accused of committing crimes against humanity as part of Saddam Hussein’s regime, a medical tribunal has heard.”

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BBC News, 26th February 2013


Iranian torture guard refused UK citizenship – BBC News

Posted February 20th, 2013 in armed forces, citizenship, crimes against humanity, immigration, Iran, news by sally

“An Iranian army conscript has been refused UK citizenship after a judge ruled he had been too closely linked with ‘crimes against humanity’.”

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BBC News, 19th February 2013


The end of Slobodan Milošević – Gresham College Lecture

Posted October 5th, 2012 in crimes against humanity, genocide, international courts, lectures, war crimes by tracey

“Slobodan Milošević died a few months before the end of his trial.  There were no closing arguments and there was no judgment by the judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia – the ICTY. Sir Geoffrey Nice had been preparing closing arguments as the case proceeded and will explain what some of them were.”


Lecture by Sir Geoffrey Nice

Gresham College, 2nd October 2012


Does a Zimbabwe farm invader get refugee status? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 6th, 2012 in crimes against humanity, news, refugees, treaties by tracey

“SK (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Office 19 June 2012. This case raises the interesting question whether someone who was involved as a member of the ruling Zimbabwe Zanu PF party with farm invasions can be eligible for refugee status.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 5th July 2012


SK (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

SK (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 807; [2012] WLR (D) 178

“The Secretary of State was entitled to refuse asylum to a woman who had participated in two farm evictions in Zimbabwe on the grounds that her participation in the evictions was a crime against humanity under article 1F(a) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The refusal was lawful even though the Secretary of State accepted that she would face a real risk of being subject to serious ill-treatment if returned to Zimbabwe, sufficient to breach her rights under article 3 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.”

WLR Daily, 19th June 2012


R (JS (Sri Lanka)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

R (JS (Sri Lanka)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] UKSC 15; [2010] WLR (D) 79

“An asylum seeker was excluded from protection under the Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees (1951) (Cmd 9171), pursuant to art 1F(a), if there were serious reasons for considering him voluntarily to have contributed in a significant way to an organisation’s ability to pursue the purpose of committing war crimes or crimes against humanity, whilst being aware that his assistance would in fact further that purpose.”

WLR Daily, 19th March 2010


Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Straw: UK will not be a safe haven to those who commit genocide – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 26th, 2009 in crimes against humanity, genocide, news, prosecutions, war crimes by sally

“The UK will not be a safe haven to those accused of heinous crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, Justice Secretary Jack Straw said today as he announced changes to strengthen the law.”

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Ministry of Justice, 26th October 2009


Genocide – Jack Straw to strengthen law – Ministry of Justice

“New plans to strengthen the law on genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity were announced by Justice Secretary Jack Straw today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 7th July 2009


Law targets war crime suspects living in UK – The Guardian

Posted July 8th, 2009 in crimes against humanity, genocide, news, prosecutions, war crimes by sally

“War crime suspects who have fled to Britain after being involved in genocide or crimes against humanity dating back to 1991 will face prosecution in UK courts under proposals announced by the justice secretary, Jack Straw yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 8th July 2009


Regina (JS) (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – Times Law Reports

Regina (JS) (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

Court of Appeal

“In order to establish that an asylum seeker was liable for a joint criminal enterprise such as to exclude him from the protection of the Geneva Convention as complicit in war crimes or crimes against humanity, there had to have been a common design which amounted to or involved the commission of a crime provided for by statute.”

The Times, 11th May 2009