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10 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I September 2009
UK must not become safe
haven for evil: British MPs
any charges. evil.”
According to a report released by “The message to those who have
the joint British committee on human perpetrated the most heinous crimes
rights, many war criminals are allowed imaginable must be clear: they are not
to visit the UK with impunity due to the welcome here -- not to visit, not to live,
inconsistencies and legal loopholes in not to holiday, shop or get medical
the British law. treatment.”
The report has asserted that not The committee therefore urged
fully implanting the international lawmakers to reform the legislation
conventions have limited the aiming to re-establish a police war
jurisdiction of British court over crimes crimes unit to chase down criminals,
such as genocide and torture. adding that some 1,863 individuals
In its report, the human rights in Britain are suspected of links
committee said that the British courts to genocide, war crimes or crimes
are unable to allow torture victims to against humanity.
sue the foreign states responsible for It also welcomed the plan of
their abuse. change proposed by the government
It also added that many of these to force British citizens or residents
criminals, in opposition, could not be accused of war crimes in Rwanda and
charged in these courts because the the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s to
offence has occurred before 2001 face trial.
or the criminal is not a legal and It, however, stressed that this
A British parliamentary committee has permanent resident of the UK. should be extended as far back as
denounced loopholes in the country’s The committee criticized the 1948 for genocide and 1949 for war
legislation, which allows war criminals existing laws, stressing that “the UK crimes.
to take refuge in the UK without facing must not become a safe haven for
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