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Israeli Settlements: Companies

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 271545, tabled on 1 July 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will reconsider the Government’s opposition to listing in the UN business and human rights database of companies involved in settlement-related activities in the Palestinian Territories.

Answered on

9 July 2019

We have no plans to reconsider our involvement in the UN business and human rights database. We continue to believe that the database goes beyond the competence of the Human Rights Council. Human rights obligations are directed at states, and not individuals or businesses. Ultimately it is the decision of an individual or company whether to operate in settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The British Government neither encourages nor offers support to such activity.