UK Peers Pass Lord Alton’s Genocide Amendment for Third Time

In a final attempt to give legal backing to the recognition of state genocide in relation to trade, the UK’s House of Lords on Tuesday passed a “genocide amendment” for the third time. The amendment to the UK’s post-Brexit Trade Bill, proposed by Lord Alton of Liverpool, seeks to establish an ad-hoc Parliamentary Judicial Committee (PJC) that could make a preliminary determination on whether a partner in a relevant bilateral trade agreement with the UK has committed genocide. If such a determination is made, the Secretary of State must give a satisfactory statement on the actions the government will take, or the committee will set out the wording of a motion for Parliament to debate and vote on. Lord Alton’s amendment was passed on Tuesday by 367 votes to 214. All the amendments to the Trade Bill are due back in the House of Commons for a final vote—the last step of a bill’s amendment consideration …

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