HC Deb 22 June 1999 vol 333 cc357-8W
34. Dr. Starkey

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the latest human rights situation in the occupied territories of the west bank. [86611]

Mr. Hoon

We follow closely the human rights situation in the Occupied Territories. We have repeatedly expressed our concern to the Israeli Government about settlement activity, house demolitions and land confiscation. These activities are in breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, an obstacle to peace and worsen the climate for final status negotiations.

We have also supported a project to promote human rights within the Palestinian community through the Palestinian Rights Programme, which has been funded by the FCO Human Rights Project Fund and managed by the British Council.

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