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Crimes Against Humanity: Jurisdiction

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has any plans to introduce legislation to restrict the universal jurisdiction of UK courts for crimes against humanity; and if he will make a statement. (309027)

The offence of crimes against humanity is found in the International Criminal Court Act 2001. It covers crimes committed in England and Wales and Northern Ireland by any person and crimes committed outside the UK by UK nationals, persons subject to UK service jurisdiction and UK residents (including persons who subsequently become resident in the UK).

The Government have no plans to restrict this jurisdiction of the UK courts for crimes against humanity.