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Lebanon: War Crimes

Volume 685: debated on Monday 9 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will gather any available evidence of war crimes against humanity from the Middle East conflict since 1 July with a view to presenting cases to the International Criminal Court.[HL7144]

We remain deeply concerned by the situation in the Middle East and have called for all sides to act with restraint. We share the serious concern of the UN and others about the number of deaths, casualties and displaced persons that have been caused as a result of this conflict. As my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary said on 20 July, “from the outset we have urged on all parties that they should act proportionately, and that they should do everything possible to avoid civilian violence” (Official Report, Commons, col. 511). We have no plans to gather evidence to present to the International Criminal Court.