STUC supports Palestinian Human Rights Case against the UK Government

June 17th 2009

STUC supports Palestinian Human Rights Case against the UK Government

June 17th 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) today (Thursday 18 June) added its support to the challenge of the Palestinian Human Rights organisation Al-Haq against the UK Government in British Courts.


The state of Israel is in breach of international laws, having committed serious violations of Geneva Convention principles. Specifically Israel has breached laws outlawing indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on civilians after its attacks in Gaza earlier this year.  


As a signatory to the Geneva Convention, the UK Government has a duty under international law to act when Convention principles are broken.     Al-Haq, represented by Phil Shiner of Public Interest Lawyers, is pursuing the UK Government over its failure to do so.


Speaking before the UK Divisional Court in London hears preliminary motions on the case brought by Al-Haq, STUC Assistant Secretary Mary Senior said:


“The STUC very much welcomes the actions being pursued by Al-Haq.  Earlier this year during the STUC’s visit to Israel and Palestine, we met with Al-Haq’s Director, Shawan Jabarin, in Ramallah.  Mr Jabarin explained to us why international sanctions against the state of Israel for its breaches of international laws are not only legitimate, but absolutely necessary to maintain the integrity of international laws”.


Ms Senior continued:


“The STUC is clear that the UK Government must do much more to show the state of Israel that its actions against Palestinians are wrong and breach agreed international laws.   The STUC has already made representations on the case for British sanctions against Israel to the Foreign Secretary.  Next month we will make the case in person when we meet with the new Minister for the Middle East, Ivan Lewis MP”.




For further information

Mary Senior, STUC      Tel 0141 337 8100


Notes for editors


Case of Al-Haq v UK Government, UK Divisional Court Hearing, 18-19 June 2009.



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