War Crimes APPG

First Registered: 21/04/2021 • Last updated on: 25/08/2021

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To look into matters relating to the presence of alleged Rwandan war criminals in the UK and the prosecution of those who participated in the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsis in 1994.

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Recent Documents related to War Crimes

1. HL Bill 94 (as introduced)
05/02/2020 - Bill Documents

Found: [HL]CONTENTS1Determination of cases of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes 2Referrals to the International

2. Written Evidence: David Lloyd Roberts, MBE, LLM and Charlotte Harford, PhD (OOB01)
07/10/2020 - Bill Documents

Found: member of the British armed forces accused of war crimes being prosecuted many years after the alleged

3. Carla Ferstman - written evidence
04/09/2018 - Inquiry: Statute of limitations – veterans protection - Defence Committee
- View source

Found: limitations in the United Kingdom (UK) covering crimes committed in armed conflict.  The submission responds

4. HL Bill 13 (as introduced) (PDF)
21/10/2019 - Bill Documents

Found: alleged genocide, cr imes against humanity or war crimes; and for the subsequent refe rral of such findings

5. Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect - written evidence
03/07/2018 - Inquiry: Responsibility to protect and humanitarian intervention - Foreign Affairs Committee
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Found: protect civilian populations from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing. Firstly

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to War Crimes

1. Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill
21/04/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: the effect of excluding genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture offences from the measures - Speech Link
2: presumption against prosecution in the case of war crimes, because that leaves open the risk of UK troops - Speech Link
3: forces would never resort to acts of genocide or crimes against humanity, and that it would be extremely - Speech Link

2. Sri Lanka
18/03/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: Government has refused to investigate accusations of war crimes including by key members of the current government - Speech Link
2: Government has refused to investigate accusations of war crimes including by key members of the current government - Speech Link

3. Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill
27/04/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: under the law of England and Wales. Including war crimes in schedule 1 of the Bill will have little practical - Speech Link
2: five-year presumption against prosecution all war crimes covered by articles 6, 7 and 8 of the Rome statute - Speech Link
3: of the amendments removing genocide, torture and crimes against humanity, some of the most egregious errors - Speech Link

4. Rwandan Genocide: Alleged Perpetrators
09/04/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: I can confirm that the Metropolitan police’s war crimes unit, within the counter-terrorism command, received - Speech Link
2: commenced a mere seven months after the end of the war and were concluded within 10 months. In the interests - Speech Link
3: number of individuals in relation to potential war crimes. My right hon. Friend will also understand that - Speech Link

5. Nagorno-Karabakh: Genocide Emergency Alert
02/11/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: is going on, because knowing that if you commit crimes you pay a price might be a way of reining people - Speech Link
2: That is a war crime. What action are we taking to ensure that those responsible for war crimes are held - Speech Link
3: no impunity for the most serious international crimes. We continue to voice our support for this principle - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to War Crimes
1. War Crimes
asked by: Chris Green
25/02/2021
... if he will make an assessment of the implications for British military personnel of the International Criminal Court’s ruling that it has jurisdiction to open a probe into allegations of war crimes initiated by non-state actors.

2. War Crimes
asked by: Alicia Kearns
10/06/2021
... what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the centre makes atrocity prevention the focus of the Government's work on conflict; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the centre makes use of expertise from outside of government.

3. Army: War Crimes
asked by: Bambos Charalambous
14/12/2020
... what assessment he has made of the effect of the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill on future prosecutions for war crimes committed by British soldiers.

4. Syria: War Crimes
asked by: Wayne David
07/12/2020
... what steps his Department is taking with (a) international organisations and (b) other countries to ensure that those responsible for international war crimes in Syria are held to account.

5. Afghanistan: War Crimes
asked by: John Healey
26/06/2020
... on what date was Operation Northmoor concluded by his Department.

Latest Questions
22 Current APPG Officers
Andrew Mitchell Portrait
Andrew Mitchell
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - Sutton Coldfield
Joined: 21st April 2021
Lord Mendelsohn Portrait
Lord Mendelsohn
Co-Chair
Labour - Life peer
Joined: 21st April 2021
Lord Polak Portrait
Lord Polak
Secretary
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 21st April 2021
2 APPG Memberships
Holocaust Memorial , Isle of Man (Manx)
Rushanara Ali Portrait
Rushanara Ali
Vice Chair
Labour - Bethnal Green and Bow
Joined: 21st April 2021
Lord Dannatt Portrait
Lord Dannatt
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 21st April 2021
1 APPG Membership
Armed Forces Covenant
Lord Falconer of Thoroton Portrait
Lord Falconer of Thoroton
Vice Chair
Labour - Life peer
Joined: 21st April 2021
1 APPG Membership
Hong Kong
Patrick Grady Portrait
Patrick Grady
Vice Chair
Scottish National Party - Glasgow North
Joined: 21st April 2021
Baroness Grender Portrait
Baroness Grender
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Life peer
Joined: 21st April 2021
Harriet Harman Portrait
Harriet Harman
Vice Chair
Labour - Camberwell and Peckham
Joined: 21st April 2021
Margaret Hodge Portrait
Margaret Hodge
Vice Chair
Labour - Barking
Joined: 21st April 2021
Baroness Kennedy of Shaws Portrait
Baroness Kennedy of Shaws
Vice Chair
Labour - Life peer
Joined: 21st April 2021
Alison McGovern Portrait
Alison McGovern
Vice Chair
Labour - Wirral South
Joined: 21st April 2021
Lord Richards of Herstmonceux Portrait
Lord Richards of Herstmonceux
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 21st April 2021
1 APPG Membership
Bahrain
Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington Portrait
Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 21st April 2021
1 APPG Membership
General Aviation
Baroness Sugg Portrait
Baroness Sugg
Vice Chair
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 21st April 2021
Jeremy Wright Portrait
Jeremy Wright
Vice Chair
Conservative - Kenilworth and Southam
Joined: 21st April 2021
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Mr Andrew Mitchell MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 8516.

Email: andrew.mitchell.mp@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Dana Peters

Email: Dana.peters@parliament.uk

No benefits in kind are on record for the War Crimes APPG

No direct financial benefits are on record for the War Crimes APPG