Policy Area 8: International affairs and human rights promotion abroad
Regarding Britain’s foreign and international policies, Muslim countries have consistently been in the spotlight since 2001. The invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan continue to have resonance, as do the allegations of abuse and ill-treatment against citizens of those countries at the hands of the British Armed Forces. These revelations have been accompanied by government inquiries into the kidnapping and rendering of terrorist suspects by the Secret Intelligence Service and the Security Services.
Developments since 2015 also include the rise in hate crimes against Muslims in the aftermath of the vote to leave the European Union, as well as the attempts by US President Donald Trump, to ban people from a number of Muslim countries from entering the USA. Furthermore, the ongoing conflict and continued illegal settlement building in occupied Palestine is of global concern.
It is imperative that there is a return to meaningful negotiations resulting in a much needed resolution. This must be followed by an immediate recognition of the State of Palestine
- Commit to support the creation of an independent state of Palestine and the end to Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories.
- Commit to democracy and human rights promotion abroad, including the rights of religious minorities.