Monday, February 1, 2010

More on universal jurisdiction

Remember the Israelis, including former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, who declined to travel to the United Kingdom after discovering that they'd be arrested for war crimes if they did? Well, the British government pledged to fix that problem ... but hasn't.

As the weeks go by, it appears that Justice Minister Jack Straw is the chief obstacle. He is "known to be highly sensitive to the views of his Muslim constituents in Blackburn and is close to the Muslim Council of Britain, which opposes a change to the law."

On the other hand, Prime Minister Gordon Brown hasn't taken a clear position in support of the proposal; were he to do so, Straw would presumably have to act. If no proposal is submitted to Parliament by February 12, it is unlikely that the law will be changed in the coming months, due to upcoming elections. (Thanks to Daily Alert.)

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