Early day motion 2123

EU-SYRIA EURO-MEDITERRANEAN ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT

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Total number of signatures: 15

Breed, Colin Bruce, Malcolm Cook, Frank Davey, Edward
Dismore, Andrew Flynn, Paul Hancock, Mike Hemming, John
Hunter, Mark Jones, Lynne Leech, John McDonnell, John
Rennie, Willie Simpson, Alan Swinson, Jo

That this House notes media reports that the EU-Syria Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement is due to be signed on 26 October 2009; further notes that the Association Agreement can be suspended in the event of human rights violations; recalls that Syria is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; is appalled at the ongoing detention of Kamal al-Labwani, artist and campaigner for peaceful democratic reform in Syria; draws attention to the opinion of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention that concluded his imprisonment by the Syrian authorities is illegal; is very concerned at reports of the disappearance of human rights lawyer Haythem al-Maleh on 17 October 2009; commends European Parliament resolution P7_TA-PROV(2009)0024 which calls for the release of political detainees; is alarmed at the Syrian government's disregard for human rights, including civil and political rights; and calls on the Syrian government to release political detainees, including Kamal al-Labwani, human rights lawyers and Damascus Declaration activists, prior to the signing of the EU-Syria Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement.