Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


05 APR 2017

Issa Amro

Thank you for taking the time to email me about Issa Amro.

I understand your concern with regard to Mr Amro's treatment and I hope the following information on this matter from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is of interest:

The charges brought against Mr Amro cumulatively could lead to imprisonment for up to three years. Mr Amro has a long history working in the human rights arena. In 2010 he was named Human Rights Defender of the Year for Palestine by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and in 2013 he was recognised as a human rights defender by the EU.
While, of course, it is not for the UK Government to intervene in the justice system of another sovereign state, the UK Government is firmly committed to the promotion and protection of human rights in Israel and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, as well as compliance with international humanitarian law.
The UK Government regularly discusses those obligations with the Israeli authorities, and the UK Government is following this case closely, including sending representatives from the UK embassy to the trial.

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