In the United Kingdom there is no clear process for officially recognising events as genocide, but the UK can prosecute people for genocide crimes committed outside the UK. There are nevertheless various ways in which the UK could be seen as recognising mass killings as genocide. The effects of these would largely be political rather than legal; however, the political recognition is arguably as significant as the legal recognition.
The UK Parliament’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Kurdistan Region in Iraq supports strongly international recognition of the genocide. Several MPs have tabled motions calling on the British Parliament and Government to formally recognise the crimes as genocide.
Both the United Nations and the European Parliament have in the past couple of years hosted commemorative events calling on the recognition and increased activism as steps to deter future slaughters.