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Anderson welcomes Geneva Convention group's declaration on Israel

18 December, 2014 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed a declaration from 126 signatories to the Geneva Convention expressing concern at Israel's failure to implement human rights law.

Speaking after the declaration was signed in Geneva, Ms Anderson said;

"The recent Israeli bombardment of Gaza which killed more than 2,000 people outraged the international community.

"Now 126 countries who have signed up to the Geneva Convention have backed a declaration expressing concern over Israel's lack of implementation of international human rights law over Palestine.

"The declaration states that Israel must uphold international human rights legislation which prohibits indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on and targeting of civilians.

"It also expresses deep concern about the impact of the illegal Israeli settlements and the ongoing blockade of Gaza.

"It was also welcome that Palestine attended this meeting in Geneva with the same status as the other countries for the first time.

"The international community have a responsibility to ensure human rights of the Palestinian people are upheld and that Israel is held to account for breaching international human rights legislation."

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