Israel: Palestinians

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 28 November 2023.

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Photo of Dan Carden Dan Carden Labour, Liverpool, Walton

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether the Government plans to support independent investigations into alleged breaches of international law during the conflict in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Photo of Dan Carden Dan Carden Labour, Liverpool, Walton

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what diplomatic steps he is taking to help ensure collaboration of relevant parties with the (a) the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel and (b) Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on the investigation opened in March 2021.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK is a strong supporter of international justice and respects the independence of the International Criminal Court. However, the UK has been clear that we oppose the open-ended nature of the Commission of Inquiry on the situation in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza and its vaguely defined mandate. We have also been clear that the UK supports justified and proportionate scrutiny of the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories at the Human Rights Council. The British Government has consistently called for all parties to meet their responsibilities under International Humanitarian Law.

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