Petition — Gaza

– in the House of Commons at 7:15 pm on 21 October 2009.

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Photo of Michael Lord Michael Lord Deputy Speaker (Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means)

Order. An important petition is being presented. If hon. Members are leaving, will they please do so quickly and quietly?

Photo of David Lepper David Lepper Labour, Brighton, Pavilion

I present a petition on behalf of residents of Brighton and others. It is signed by Brenda Brown and 141 other residents of the Brighton area.

The petition states:

The Petition of residents of Brighton and others,

Declares that the Government should fulfil its responsibilities as a high contracting party to the 4th Geneva Convention.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to immediately take steps to institute a war crimes investigation in the UK into Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip between 27 December and 18 January 2009 and for the UK prosecuting authorities to search out and prosecute (or extradite for trial elsewhere) all suspected war criminals identified by the investigation; and urges the Government to seek a binding resolution at the UN Security Council to establish an international commission of inquiry into the Gaza attacks and the referral of potential cases to the International Criminal Court.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.