Carmichael calls for government pressure on “desperate” Gaza situation

19 Dec 2023

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael has called on the government to urge Israel to become a state party to the International Criminal Court in light of the “desperate” situation in Gaza following months of attacks. Mr Carmichael raised the issue in an Urgent Question on Gaza secured by Liberal Democrat Layla Moran MP, who spoke about her family members trapped in an ongoing siege on the Catholic Holy Family Church complex in recent days.

Speaking in the House, Mr Carmichael said:

“Will the UK government urge the Israeli government to ratify the Rome Statute and thus become a state party to the International Criminal Court?”

Responding for the Government, FCDO minister Andrew Mitchell MP said:

“He will know that Britain is a signatory to the International Criminal Court because we think that it is a vital piece of the international architecture, but it is for all countries to make a decision in that respect, and he will know that a number of countries including the US have so far declined to join.”

Reacting after the exchange, Mr Carmichael said:

“If we believe in the international rule of law then we should not be afraid to stand up for it. That is true with our friends just as much as with our enemies.

“The reports coming out of Gaza currently – particularly those highlighted by my friend and colleague Layla Moran – are only becoming more desperate as time goes on. The government must take a stronger line on international law and push for a durable ceasefire and political solution.”

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