Palestinians: Freedom of Expression

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 29th November 2018.

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Photo of Wes Streeting Wes Streeting Labour, Ilford North

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to protect freedom of speech in the Palestinian Territories.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, and the UK is strongly committed to protecting and promoting the right to lawful freedom of speech. We have concerns about increasing restrictions on freedom of expression, and the narrowing of the space for civil society to operate, in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Officials from our Consulate-General in Jerusalem continue to raise these concerns with the Palestinian Authority.

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