The Irish Senate approves a law that controls economic activity related to occupied territories

By a small vote difference (from 20 to 25), the Irish Senate passed a law banning the importation of goods from occupied territories.

The bill is unprecedented for an EU member state, but it is not yet law.

The Senate bill provides for a ban on trading goods and services originating in the occupied territories based on the 4th Geneva Convention for the Protection of Civilians in Time of War and under customary international humanitarian law.

This is the first bill of its kind in the EU. To become law, it must be ratified by the lower house of parliament. That is not likely to happen, as the ruling Fine Gael Irish government wants an EU response rather than unilateral measures. Read more

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