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Israel: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 15th September 2008.

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Photo of Phyllis Starkey Phyllis Starkey Labour, Milton Keynes South West

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of proposals for an EU-Israel Association Council Sub-Committee on Human Rights; what agreement has been reached on its (a) constitution, (b) membership, (c) powers, (d) remit and (e) proposed frequency of meetings; whether external organisations will be permitted to provide evidence of alleged human rights abuses to the Sub-Committee; whether the proceedings of the Sub-Committee will be published; whether its findings on human rights abuses will be reported to the Association Council; and in what ways the Sub-Committee will differ from the informal Working Group on Human Rights.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The EU proposed to upgrade the current Human Rights working group into a formal political sub-committee at the EU-Israel Association Council of 16 June. There has been no formal response from Israel. The exact structure, operating procedures and reporting policy require the agreement of both parties.

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