Thank you for contacting me about the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs).
I note your concern about this issue, and thank you for bringing it to my attention.
The UK was a founding member of the ICC, which began operating in 2002 when the Rome Statute came into effect, and remains a strong supporter of the ICC and respects the independence of the court and its officials.
I know that whilst the UK Government does not consider that the ICC has jurisdiction in this particular instance, it respects completely the independence of the ICC and the right of its officials to carry out their work without hinderance. In return, of course, as with any such court, it expects due prosecutorial and judicial discipline.
Respect for human rights underpins the UK's foreign policy, and Ministers and officials regularly raise concerns with the Israeli Government, where they exist, for this reason. Indeed, Israel and the OPTs is a human rights priority for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and I am assured that the UK will continue to support, and partake in, international scrutiny of Israel and the OPTs provided it is proportionate.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me about this issue.
Sally-Ann Hart MP