Reaction: Irish Seanad stands with human rights, bans trade with illegal settlements

11 July 2018 - 5:30pm
Press release

Responding to the news that the Irish Senate has voted for a motion to ban goods originating in occupied territories, Ryvka Barnard, senior campaigner on militarism and security at War on Want, says

"We welcome the news that the Irish Senate has voted to take concrete steps towards justice and accountability by voting to ban trade in goods pillaged from or produced in illegal settlements.

Whether it is the occupation of Western Sahara or the occupation of Palestine, illegal settlements are used to kick people off their land and allow companies to illegally profit from that displacement.  

Both the Sahrawi and the Palestinian people have struggled for decades against illegal land grabs, and to make matters worse, they have watched Western governments pledge commitment to human rights and international law on the one hand, while continuing to trade in products pillaged from and produced in the illegal settlements.

Allowing for trade with illegal settlements incentivises regimes like Israel and Morocco to continue their policies of displacement and plunder. The Irish Senate has taken the right step in voting to ban this immoral and illegal trade, and other states, including the UK, should follow suit.

War on Want calls on the UK government to stop rewarding human rights abuse and land grabs and to suspend all trade with Israel until it abides by international law."

Ryvka is available for interviews and further comment on request.


Press Contact

Ryvka Barnard: rbarnard@waronwant.org

Notes to Editors

Text of the bill https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/bills/bill/2018/6/

The bill has passed through the upper house of the Irish parliament (the Seanad) by a vote of 25 to 20.

 

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