This briefing, co-authored by Redress, Amnesty International (UK), the International Federation for Human Rights, Global Witness, Human Rights Watch, and Justice, express our grave concerns on the proposed change to law that would allow the Attorney General to interfere with the arrest warrant procedure.

By allowing such arrest decisions to fall subject to political considerations rather than being based on the legal merits, this proposal would seriously undermine the UK’s capacity to hold the perpetrators of serious international crimes to account where they came within the UK’s jurisdiction. Suspects may therefore find a safe haven in the UK, and victims find further barriers in their fight for justice and reparations.