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Detention Of Tair Kaminer In Israel

EDM number 975 in 2015-16, proposed by Caroline Lucas on 19/01/2016.
Categorised under the topics of Armed forces, Human rights, Middle East and Prisons.

That this House notes with concern reports that on 10 January 2016, a 19-year-old Israeli conscientious objector, Tair Kaminer, was sentenced to 20 days of imprisonment for her refusal to enlist in the Israeli army; further notes that, with tensions high in Israel, this is a particularly difficult time to be a conscientious objector in a country where military service is compulsory for almost all of its young people; expresses concern that there is currently no exemption from military service for conscientious objectors who refuse to join the army because they do not support Israeli policies towards the Palestinians; notes that the right to object to military service on grounds of conscience is protected under international human rights law; further notes that although Israeli law allows for pacifists to be exempted, the review committee for this process frequently rejects most cases; applauds the courage, tenacity and principles of Tair Kaminer, and all other conscientious objectors, in taking a brave position in a country which has been at war since its creation in 1948 and in a society which continues to become increasingly militarised; calls for the immediate and unconditional release of these prisoners of conscience; and further calls on the Government to request the Israeli authorities to accept the conscientious objection of Israeli citizens who do not wish to bear arms against a civilian population under military occupation.

This motion has been signed by a total of 25 MPs.

Caroline Lucas19/01/2016Brighton, PavilionGreenProposed
Margaret Ritchie19/01/2016South DownSocial Democratic and Labour PartySeconded
Mark Durkan19/01/2016FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySeconded
Philippa Whitford19/01/2016Central AyrshireScottish National PartySeconded
Michael Weir20/01/2016AngusScottish National PartySeconded
Jonathan Edwards20/01/2016Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSeconded
Paul Monaghan20/01/2016Caithness, Sutherland and Easter RossScottish National PartySigned
Chris Stephens20/01/2016Glasgow South WestScottish National PartySigned
Alasdair McDonnell20/01/2016Belfast SouthSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Peter Bottomley20/01/2016Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Chris Law21/01/2016Dundee WestScottish National PartySigned
Liz Saville Roberts21/01/2016Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSigned
Yasmin Qureshi25/01/2016Bolton South EastLabourSigned
Martyn Day25/01/2016Linlithgow and East FalkirkScottish National PartySigned
Kelvin Hopkins26/01/2016Luton NorthLabourSigned
Roger Godsiff27/01/2016Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourSigned
Margaret Ferrier28/01/2016Rutherglen and Hamilton WestScottish National PartySigned
Dennis Skinner28/01/2016BolsoverLabourSigned
Mary Glindon28/01/2016North TynesideLabourSigned
Pete Wishart01/02/2016Perth and North PerthshireScottish National PartySigned
Mark Williams03/02/2016CeredigionLiberal DemocratSigned
Ruth Cadbury10/02/2016Brentford and IsleworthLabourSigned
Helen Goodman11/02/2016Bishop AucklandLabourSigned
Valerie Vaz22/02/2016Walsall SouthLabourSigned
Jo Cox23/02/2016Batley and SpenLabourSigned

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