Foreign Office Minister condemns attack on Human Rights Activist in Gaza

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Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt today expressed his deep concern on hearing about the attack on Human Rights Activist Mahmoud Abu Rahma in the Gaza Strip.

“I condemn the cowardly stabbing of Mahmoud Abu Rahma, Director of Communications and International Relations at the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, in Gaza on 13 January. Mr Abu Rahma, who studied human rights in the UK, had received a number of death threats over an article he had written in which he argued for greater respect for the rights of ordinary Palestinians in Gaza. Those who carried out this attack must be brought to justice. The freedom of brave activists like Mr Abu Rahma to speak out against the worsening human rights situation in Gaza must be protected.”