Richard Burden MP, chair of Britain-Palestine All Party Parliamentary Group, announced that he and a group of parliamentarians will submit an Early Day Motion on Wednesday 7 February 2018 to the British Parliament calling for the release of Ahed Tamimi, and all child prisoners, from the Israeli jails. The paper will also demand that Israel should respect human rights and provide decent living conditions inside the prisons.
This came at the end of a session in the British Parliament that the General Union of Palestinian Students in the United Kingdom organised in cooperation with the Britain Palestine Communication Centre. Twelve members from across the parties were represented, along with four members of the House of Lords, in addition to representatives of a group of human rights and media organisations and a large number of Palestinian students.
The MPs listened to a number of statements by a group of Palestinian students about the occupation’s practices against Palestinians in general and against children, students and women in particular. Bassem Tamimi, activist in the Popular Resistance and the father of the captive child Ahed Tamimi, presented his testimony through a video conference. He reviewed the circumstances of the arrest of his daughter, and other children, and the poor detention conditions experienced by the child prisoners in the occupation prisons, before answering the questions of MPs on the developments in Ahed’s case, and his demands regarding his daughter’s case.
This also comes in light of the Palestinian child prisoners Campaign run by the PSC calling upon the British government to make a public statement that it will take immediate, effective and meaningful action- including through international bodies-to ensure a list of requirements to be implemented by the Israeli government without delay in regards to detaining children.
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