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Promoting dialogue and preventing atrocities: the UK government approach

Inquiry

Report published

The International Development Committee has now published a Report on From Srebrenica to a safer tomorrow: Preventing future mass atrocities around the world and concluded Russia’s likely mass atrocities in Ukraine underline the urgent need for the UK to adopt a national strategy for preventing and responding to such crimes.

The report also highlighted the need to confront recent suspected mass atrocities in many other regions of the world, at a time when the United Nations Security Council is often prevented from acting by veto-wielding members and highlighted trends that can fuel future violence, including the strains caused by climate change, threats to democracies, hate speech online and the role of non-state actors in conflict. It judged that, without concerted action, “mass atrocities are likely to become more common, which will constrain global development”.

The Committee said that the UK’s new strategy must: 

  • give greater priority to preventing atrocities by addressing this issue at the highest level of government, within the UK’s recently-created Foreign Policy and Security Council; 
  • allocate appropriate funds and staff to the new atrocity prevention team in the Foreign Office; 
  • ensure that our diplomats abroad are getting the training and support they need to recognize and act on warning signs; and   
  • re-assess whether enough UK aid is reaching countries at risk of atrocities.  

Read the Report here: From Srebrenica to a safer tomorrow: Preventing future mass atrocities around the world 

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Third Report - From Srebrenica to a safer tomorrow: Preventing future mass atrocities around the world
Inquiry Promoting dialogue and preventing atrocities: the UK government approach
Committees International Development Committee
HC 149
Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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24 May 2022
Inquiry Promoting dialogue and preventing atrocities: the UK government approach
Witnesses Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Minister for South Asia, the United Nations and the Commonwealth at Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office), and Leigh Stubblefield (Office for Conflict, Stabilisation and Mediation at Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office)
Committees International Development Committee
Oral Evidence
24 May 2022
Inquiry Promoting dialogue and preventing atrocities: the UK government approach
Witnesses Matthew Field (Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina), and Pete Vowles (Chargé D’Affaires ad interim at the British Embassy Yangon)
Committees International Development Committee
Oral Evidence
11 January 2022
Inquiry Promoting dialogue and preventing atrocities: the UK government approach
Witnesses Savita Pawnday (Executive Director at Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect), and Natalie Samarasinghe (Chief Executive Officer at United Nations Association – UK)
Committees International Development Committee
Oral Evidence
DPA0032 - Promoting dialogue and preventing atrocities: the UK government approach
Witnesses Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Committees International Development Committee
Written Evidence
DPA0030 - Promoting dialogue and preventing atrocities: the UK government approach
Witnesses US Holocaust Memorial Museum's Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide
Committees International Development Committee
Written Evidence
DPA0031 - Promoting dialogue and preventing atrocities: the UK government approach
Witnesses Protection Approaches
Committees International Development Committee
Written Evidence

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  • Address: International Development Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA