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14 January 2009

Barrett calls for Gaza investigation into human rights violations

Edinburgh West MP John Barrett is stepping up pressure on the Government to lead calls for a UN investigation into allegations of human rights violations during the Gaza conflict.

Mr Barrett has written to foreign secretary David Milliband calling for the Government to gather evidence on allegations of human rights violations and breaches of international law by Israel and Hamas.

This follows allegations that Israel is using illegal weapons during the conflict including white phosphorous in civilian areas. 

Speaking ahead of a special full-day debate on Gaza in the House of Commons, Mr Barrett said:

“The UK government should be leading efforts by the international community to achieve a ceasefire and to fully investigate allegations of human rights violations by both sides.

“Britain must lead calls at the UN for an investigation into the use of weapons such as white phosphorous in civilian areas, and the killing of large numbers of civilians including medical and aid workers. All allegations against Hamas must also be fully investigated.

“Not only is such an investigation essential to the upholding of justice and international law, it would also send a strong signal to those who continue to fight and drive home to all involved that they can be held to account.”

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