On 26th April 2016 the Bishop of Leeds, Rt Revd Nick Baines, received answers to two written questions about support to victims of Daesh and the Kurdistan Regional Government’s committee on genocide and committee on mass graves:
The Lord Bishop of Leeds: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 5 April (HL7332), what financial assistance they have given to human rights defenders in Iraq to improve victim support and case documentation of sexual violence committed by Daesh. [HL7706]
Baroness Anelay of St Johns: The UK has provided over £800,000 of financial support for gender equality and tackling sexual violence in conflict – £750,000 to help implement Iraq’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and over £65,000 to the Iraqi Al-Amal Association to support their work with young people. Furthermore, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is funding a project (£199,000) through our Human Rights and Democracy Programme which aims to improve the documentation of Sexual Violence in Erbil, Kirkuk, Sulaymaniyah, Dohuk and Zakho and to assist in the development of cases. The project is training a team of human rights defenders to document Sexual Violence and establishes a database of cases across a two year period to inform policy development in the Government of Iraq.
The Lord Bishop of Leeds: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 5 April (HL7332), what assessment they have made of the documentation work undertaken by the Kurdistan Regional Government’s committee on genocide and committee on mass graves. [HL7707]
Baroness Anelay of St Johns: We have not carried out an assessment of any documentation work undertaken by the Kurdistan Regional Government committees on genocide and mass graves. However, we are working with our partners in the international community to find further ways to support the gathering of evidence which could be used by courts to hold Daesh to account.