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British Government Explains Delay on Ratification of Genocide Pact

March 2, 1966
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A Government spokesman said in the House of Commons today that the Government was delaying action on ratification of the international pact against genocide until domestic law could be changed to conform to the pact.

Minister of State Walter Padley was asked by a Conservative member what action the Government was taking on the pact which Britain decided last November to ratify. Mr. Padley replied that “it is now necessary to introduce legislation to bring our domestic law into line with the Convention. This will be done as soon as the legislative program permits and accession will take place as soon as possible after legislation is enacted.”

The United Nations Convention outlawing genocide was adopted in December, 1948. So far, 68 governments have acceded to the instrument, the USSR among them. The United States has not yet ratified the Convention.

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