Nagorno-Karabakh: Genocide Emergency Alert Debate

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Department: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Nagorno-Karabakh: Genocide Emergency Alert

Baroness D'Souza Excerpts
Monday 2nd November 2020

(3 years, 8 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Baroness Sugg Portrait Baroness Sugg (Con) [V]
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My Lords, we will continue to do our utmost to end violations of international human rights law and, where appropriate, international humanitarian law. We are working to prevent the escalation of conflict and to help alleviate the suffering of those who are affected. I mentioned the new aid package to which the UK has contributed. We do not believe that there is a military solution. We think the best thing for the people of the region is for both parties to put aside any preconceived judgments and come to the negotiating table to bring about a peaceful settlement.

Baroness D'Souza Portrait Baroness D'Souza (CB) [V]
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My Lords, the UK’s obligations are clear and binding—to prevent and suppress actions of genocide. Will Her Majesty’s Government refer the matter to the appropriate judicial authority in the UK or request a competent body of the UN to mandate the International Criminal Court to initiate investigations?

Baroness Sugg Portrait Baroness Sugg (Con) [V]
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My Lords, we will continue to support the work of the International Criminal Court and international tribunals to tackle any war crimes that have been committed. We are looking carefully at Genocide Watch’s report and will continue to work with all our international partners to ensure that anybody who commits war crimes or other atrocities is properly investigated and prosecuted and, if appropriate, punished.