Alistair Burt (parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament)
parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament

 

Palestine Solidarity Campaign has received a reply from Alistair Burt, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office.  Although he says he ‘shares concerns about the treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention’ he does not commit the Government to any action other than raising the issues with the Israeli Government.

He also welcomes steps taken by the Israeli authorities who have issued a recent military order reducing the length of time children should be held in pre-trial detention, and an announcement in December that the period of time a Palestinian child can be held before being brought before a judge.

Mr Burt says that the UK’s Attorney General has got the agreement from his Israeli counterpart for further detailed discussions on the recommendations included in the Foreign Office funded report produced by leading British lawyers.

Read  Alistair Burt’s reply to #3wishes campaign, January 2013