UK and the UN
An advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice in The Hague, found the Chagos Islands had been illegally severed from Mauritius in the 1960s. The president of the ICJ, Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, urged the UK and other member states to “complete the decolonisation of Mauritius” but the UK has defied the UN deadline to return them. The Guardian has more.
The UK has joined 22 other UN nations in condemning China’s detention of Uighur Muslims. Karen Pierce, the UK’s UN ambassador, delivered the statement to the 193- member organisation’s human rights committee.
UK and the International Criminal Court
The International Criminal Court could open its first investigation into the British military following a BBC programme about alleged war crimes. The BBC’s Panorama found evidence the state had covered up killings of civilians by UK troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ICC said it took the findings very seriously. The MoD has said the allegations are unsubstantiated.
Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has promised his Brexit plans will keep the UK closely aligned with EU on trade, the environment and workers’ rights. Meanwhile, the EU is ‘open’ to Corbyn’s Brexit policy, Ireland’s Leo Varadkar has stated. Meanwhile, Nigel Farage is unveiling the Brexit Party’s general election policies, promising “fundamental change” for the UK after it leaves the EU.