Urgent: Act Now to Preserve British Law on Arrest of War Criminals

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Dec 1, 2010, 11:55:11 AM12/1/10
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For those that dont know there is currently a very urgent threat to the
UKs system of Universal Jurisdiction, contained in the Police Reform and
Social Responsibility Bill 2010-11 currently going through parliament. ISM
London have written a document containing an explanation of the situation
and lobbying advice over, which can be accessed here;


The key section on what to do is;

'The most effective way to defeat this move to politicise the UK judiciary
is to challenge this one clause in this bill that is important to the UK
government. If enough MPs and/or Lords oppose this clause, the government
may drop it just to ensure the safe passage of the rest of the bill into
legislation. If a member (MP or Lord) refuses to back down over this
clause the government will be forced to a vote.

The Lords are the most vulnerable targets here as they are very sensitive
to attacks on the sovereignty of the UK judiciary. Please lobby MPs but
ESPECIALLY sympathetic Lords. Show that this is a politicisation of the
judiciary, violating the key democratic principal of the separation of the
executive and judicial branch of government.

Known sympathisers in the House of Lords include:

Lord Andrew Phillips, andrew_w...@yahoo.com, 01787 370 856

Rt Hon Lord Whitty, whi...@parliament.uk, 020 7219 3118

Baroness Ashton of Upholland, 020 7219 5353

Rt Hon Lord Woolf, steve...@parliament.uk, 020 7219 3156, Fax: 020 7219

Lords� contact details can be found here:



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