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12 actions for 12 years of sanctions
1 - Write to your MP
Below are two possible topics for letters to your MP, including points to make and questions you might like to ask about the Government’s sanctions policy. You can also ask your MP to forward your concerns to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Letters to MPs inform them of the strength of public concern over a given issue. For every letter they receive on a specific topic, MPs know there are a significant number of other people who share the opinion. As few as five or six letters on the same subject are often enough to persuade an MP to take an issue seriously.
- If you need to find out who your MP is, you can do so at your local library or town hall, or by phoning 020 7219 4272 and giving your postcode. If you have internet access, you can look your MP up at www.locata.co.uk/commons.
- You can send letters to your MP at:
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.
- You can also send a fax to your MP at www.faxyourmp.com.
‘Smart Sanctions’ - Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1409
(More information on SCR 1409 can be found in CASI’s July newsletter.)
Conditions for lifting/suspending sanctions
You will probably receive in return from your MP a letter toeing the party line. If they do contact the FCO on your behalf, the response they pass on to you will probably be based on a standard letter setting out government policy. Replying to this letter with counter arguments will let your MP know that you did not accept the government line and may also be informative for her/him. Ask them what their own opinion is, rather than that of their party.
If you would like help responding to any points raised in a reply please contact CASI.
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