UK ministers accused of 'engineering' vote on genocide claims

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Tory rebels wanting to back move to give courts a role would also have to back a Labour-sponsored plan

A Conservative backbench rebellion designed to give the UK courts a role in determining whether a country is committing genocide appears to have been frustrated by what rebels claimed was government chicanery and a denial of democracy.

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Ministers arranged Tuesday’s vote so that if the rebels back an amendment passed by the Lords giving the court a role, they will also be backing a separate Labour-sponsored amendment passed in the Lords imposing human rights audits before trade deals are signed.

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