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Palestinians: Oppression

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on whether students from Birzeit University in Palestine are being imprisoned as a result of their political beliefs; and if he will make a statement. (226383)

We are aware of reports of students from Birzeit university being detained earlier this year and have raised our concerns with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

We continue to follow Israeli detention operations closely and monitor the situation with regard to all Palestinian prisoners. We believe all Palestinian prisoners should have access to a fair trial, and call upon Israel to ensure that any actions they take are in accordance with international law.

The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has stressed its commitment to honouring its international obligations with regard to the humane and dignified treatment of prisoners.