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Anderson welcomes Geneva Convention group’s declaration on Israel

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed a declaration from 126 signatories to the Geneva Convention expressing concern at Israel’s failure to implement human rights law.
Speaking after the declaration was signed in Geneva, Ms Anderson said;
“The recent Israeli bombardment of Gaza which killed more than 2,000 people outraged the international community.
“Now 126 countries who have signed up to the Geneva Convention have backed a declaration expressing concern over Israel’s lack of implementation of international human rights law over Palestine.
“The declaration states that Israel must uphold international human rights legislation which prohibits indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on and targeting of civilians.
“It also expresses deep concern about the impact of the illegal Israeli settlements and the ongoing blockade of Gaza.
“It was also welcome that Palestine attended this meeting in Geneva with the same status as the other countries for the first time.
“The international community have a responsibility to ensure human rights of the Palestinian people are upheld and that Israel is held to account for breaching international human rights legislation.”

EU Palestine vote a step in the right direction – Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said an EU resolution to recognise of the state of Palestine in principle is a step in the right direction.

Speaking after signing a joint resolution to recognise the state of Palestine in principle, Ms Anderson, the chair of the EU’s Delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Assembly, said;

“For us this resolution does not go far enough but it is to be welcomed as a principled step in the right direction.

“This will give protection to the Palestinian territory, its people and its borders.

“It is a long overdue recognition of the international community’s obligation and a positive step towards peace.

“The President of the European Parliament will now forward this resolution to the European Council, the European Commission, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, the governments of the individual member states, the Palestinian Legislative Council and the Knesset.

“All member states, including Ireland, must now formally recognise and protect the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital.

“Sinn Féin calls on all parties to refrain from any activities which would undermine the viability and prospects for a two-state solution.”

Anderson raises concerns over milk prices

Anderson raises concerns over milk prices

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill’s intervention on behalf of dairy farmers who are concerned about milk prices.
Ms Anderson said;
“The current state of milk prices is a great concern to farmers working in the dairy industry.
“We are now in the position where it is costing more to produce milk than the farmers are getting paid.
“This is a result of a number of factors, including the Russian ban on agricultural imports and the increase in milk production within the EU and across the world.
“Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has now written to Elizabeth Truss, the British secretary of state for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) over the concerns of the dairy industry to seek backing in discussions with the European Commission about EU support for the sector.
“I will also be lobbying the EU Commission on behalf of the dairy sector and will continue to campaign for a fair deal for our farmers and agricultural industry.”

Anderson praises the work of men’s sheds

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has praised the work of Men’s Sheds in promoting mental health awareness among men.

Speaking at the launch of the Derry Men’s Shed project in the Brandywell this morning, Ms. Anderson said;

“The men’s shed provides an excellent environment for men to come together and take part in a wide range of actives or to simply have a chat with friends.

“At times men can find it hard to discuss their feelings and as a result many struggle to cope but Men’s Sheds have found a unique way of being able to reach out to men and tackle feelings of isolation.

“It is important that we all feel valued within our community and the ethos of men’s sheds – the promotion of dignity, uniqueness and equality – demonstrates that these core values are the basis of how we should all treat each other.

“As well as raising mental health awareness, men’s sheds also provide opportunities for men to share and learn a whole range of skills. 

“I have been promoting Men’s Sheds in Europe and this week I hosted John Evoy CEO of Irish Men’s Sheds, as part of a delegation to Brussels to explore opportunities for social economy groups.

“I will continue to provide groups like Men’s Sheds with access to European funding streams to ensure that the good work they do can continue and grow.”

Anderson welcomes Oireachtas support for recognition of Palestine

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed the Irish government’s decision to back a Sinn Féin motion to recognise the state of Palestine.

Speaking after both houses of the Oireachtas backed a Sinn Féin motion to recognise Palestinian statehood, Ms Anderson said;
“I welcome the fact that both the Dáil and the Seanad have agreed to back Sinn Féin’s call to recognise the state of Palestine.
“Both houses have now agreed to support the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, to recognise the Palestinian state, and to endorse the right of the people of Palestine to independence and sovereignty.
“Ireland has now moved closer to joining a growing number of countries both in Europe and across the world who support the Palestinian people and recognise their statehood.
“While this is welcome, it has to be followed with meaningful action to demonstrate that support.
“I repeat my call on the Irish government to call an immediate end to the purchase of military equipment from Israeli arms firms.
“Diplomatically the Irish government must also bring pressure to bear on Israel to end its blockade of Gaza, halt its programme of illegal settlements, and its continued aggression towards the Palestinian people.”

Anderson condemns killing of Palestine minister

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has condemned the killing of Palestinian Authority Minister Zeid Abu Ein by the Israeli Defence Forces.

Ms Anderson, the chair of the European Union’s Delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council, said;

“Today’s killing of an elected minister of the Palestinian Authority, Zeid Abu Ein, by the Israeli Defence Forces must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

“Minister Zeid Abu Ein was killed while planting olive trees, a symbol of hope and peace, to mark International Human Rights Day.

“The international community have a key role to play in ensuring Israel is held to account over this killing.

“Israel cannot be allowed to act with impunity in killing a democratically elected representative of the Palestinian people.”

Anderson welcomes Dáil debate on Palestinian statehood

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed a Dáil debate on recognition of the state of Palestine.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s debate, Ms Anderson said;

“I welcome this timely motion from Sinn Féin calling on the Irish government to recognise the state of Palestine.

“135 countries around the world have already recognised Palestinian statehood.

“This includes eight EU member states, and most recently Sweden.

“This important issue was also debated at the November plenary of the European Parliament and I was proud to take part in that debate to call on the EU to recognise Palestine.

“I welcome the fact this will now be debated in Leinster House. I am calling on all parties in the Dáil to listen to the will of the Irish people, which was clearly demonstrated on the streets across Ireland recently, and to officially recognise the state of Palestine.

“Recognising Palestinian statehood would contribute to the momentum building across Europe in support of the Palestinian people.

“It would also increase pressure on Israel to engage meaningful in a process towards a must and peaceful two-state solution.”