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4 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I December 2009
UK governement need to
act on the Goldstone report
A meeting to mark the UN’s
International Day of Solidarity with
the Palestinian people was held in
the British parliament last month and
focused on the need for the UN and
the UK government to act on the
Goldstone Report.
The all-party meeting, organised
by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign,
was hosted by Labour backbench
MP, Jeremy Corbyn, who is also vice-
lawyer Bob Marshall-Andrews. report, which evidence the extent of
chair of the Campaign for Nuclear
Also in attendance were the Israeli war crimes committed in Israel,
Disarmament, Britain’s oldest and
Palestinian General Delegate to the and called on the British government
Europe’s largest single-issue peace
UK, Professor Manuel Hassassian to ensure all parties are brought to
organisation.
and Israeli human rights lawyer, account.
Other speaker included chair of
Daniel Machover, who has been at The UK government has claimed
Labour Friends of Palestine, Martin
the forefront of attempts to arrest that the report is flawed, but
Linton, the Liberal Democrat’s shadow
Israeli leaders for war crimes when Northover has challenged minister
international development minister,
they visit the UK and Europe. to publish the “legal advice” used to
Baroness Lindsay Northover, her
An Early Day Motion to parliament, justify Britain abstaining when it was
outspoken predecessor Baroness
so far signed by 77 MPs, has overwhelmingly endorsed by the UN
Jenny Tonge and veteran MP and
welcomed the UN-mandated Golstone General Assembly.
UK plans to drop restrictions on
parliament protests welcomed
Campaign organisations have Voluntary Organisations, who said
welcomed the government’s that government attempts to limit
confirmation that it plans to abolish protests and undermine democracy.
restrictions on protests around the The restrictions were part of the
British parliament. government’s latest failed attempt to
A Constitutional Reform and remove Brian Haw, who has continued
Governance Bill, announced in the a solitary peace camp outside the
Queen’s Speech the re-opening British parliament since 2001, first
of parliament on, intends to repeal against Iraq sanctions then against
provisions of the Serious Organised the 2003 US-led war.
Crime and Police Act 2005, under But the controversial law affected
which protesters must first seek police all demonstrations that also covered
permission. government departments and the
Among those who have Prime Minister’s Office sited within
campaigned for the restrictions to be one mile of parliament, even though it
abolished is Belinda Pratten, head was often defied by many protesters,
of policy at the National Council for including anti-war campaigners
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