Iraq: Trials:Written question - 229682

Q
(Islington South and Finsbury)
Asked on: 07 March 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Iraq: Trials
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Iraqi counterpart on the judicial process for the trial of non-combative civilians living in Daesh-controlled areas in that country, and the sentences handed down to those people.
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Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 14 March 2019

The British Government has regularly raised human rights concerns relating to the judicial process for persons suspected of support for Daesh with the Iraqi governmental and judicial authorities. In these discussions, including with the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council and the Iraqi Chief Justice, we have reiterated the importance of due process and our opposition to the death penalty. Our Embassy in Baghdad has also encouraged and facilitated contacts between the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council and the Royal Courts of Justice, who are looking at ways to provide support and capacity-building to their Iraqi counterparts.

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