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EDM (Early Day Motion) 975: tabled on 19 January 2016

Tabled in the 2015-16 session.

This motion has been signed by 25 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

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.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.