Letter to David Cameron

We have now received a reply from Mr Cameron, which can be accessed here.

For an analysis of his response, click here.

 

3rd March 2011

 

Dear Mr Cameron

It is morally untenable to support democracy in the Middle East whilst selling arms that can be used by regimes to subvert the wishes and aspirations of the people under their rule.

We, the undersigned, welcome the UN’s recent embargo on arms to Libya but call upon the government of the United Kingdom to halt immediately the sale of arms to any regimes that engage in repression. The police and armed forces of Bahrain, Israel, Morocco and Yemen continue to use violence to put down popular protest. People across the region are risking their lives to fight for their democratic and human rights.

Britain’s role in the Middle East and North Africa must change fundamentally if we are to be on the right side of the historic realignment we are currently witnessing in the Arab world.

Signed:

  1. Irene Abbotts, teacher
  2. Khaled Abdalla, actor
  3. Dr Sheila Abdullah
  4. Leila Aboulela, author
  5. Amani Abouzeid
  6. Celia Adams
  7. Baroness Afshar, politician/academic
  8. Professor John Akker, Former General Secretary of NATFHE
  9. Monica Ali, author
  10. Razia Ali
  11. Belinda Allan
  12. Jane Allan
  13. Peter Allmond
  14. Shihab Almahdawi
  15. Seem Alsasa
  16. Lord Alton, politician
  17. Mohammed Amin
  18. Tahmina Anam, author
  19. Dr Imad El Anis, University of Nottingham Trent academic
  20. Sara Yasmin Anwar
  21. Sara Apps
  22. Dr Omar Ashour, University of Exeter academic
  23. Denise Atkinson
  24. Natacha Atlas, musician
  25. Janet St John-Austen
  26. John Austin, former MP
  27. Professor Abd al-Fattah El-Awaisi, academic
  28. Christoph Aymanns
  29. Maha Azzam, Middle East expert
  30. Willy Bach
  31. Michael Bailey, humanitarian worker
  32. Caabu Parliamentary Officer
  33. Ray Barkley
  34. Pete Barlow
  35. Barbara Barnett
  36. Lucy Batchelor, child protection consultant
  37. Professor Christopher Bayly, Cambridge academic
  38. Felix Beaulieu
  39. Rosemary Bechler, journalist
  40. Cllr Elise Benjamin
  41. Phyllis Bennis, author
  42. Dennis Bentley
  43. Louis de Bernieres, author
  44. Neil Berry, journalist
  45. Roger Berry, former MP
  46. Stephen Berry
  47. Zarina Bhatia
  48. Fatima Bhutto, poet/author
  49. John Bishop
  50. Cllr Jonathan Bloch
  51. Philip Bond, actor
  52. Marieke Bosman, Development Consultant
  53. Dr Glenn Bowman, University of Kent academic
  54. Dr A.L. Bradshaw
  55. Patricia Brar
  56. Bob Brass
  57. Colin Breed, former MP
  58. Dr Sebastian Brock

  59. Hilary Brooks

  60. Professor John C Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland
  61. Jonathan Busby, journalist
  62. Revd John P Butler
  63. Oliver Butterworth, musician
  64. Diana Buttu
  65. Emre Caliskan, journalist
  66. Celine Cantat, researcher
  67. Paola Casola
  68. Ghalia Chabarek
  69. Dr John Chalcraft, London School of Economics academic
  70. Hanane Ahmed-Chaouch
  71. Michael Carr
  72. Malcom Chapman
  73. Amit Chaudhuri, author
  74. Professor Noam Chomsky, linguist and philosopher
  75. Julie Christie, actress
  76. Norma Cohen
  77. Judy Connor
  78. Dera Cooper
  79. Laura Corballis
  80. Christopher Cotter
  81. Dr Chris Burns-Cox
  82. Nick Craig
  83. Revd Tony Crowe
  84. Suha Al-Dabbagh, Caabu Education Assistant
  85. Rose Dailey
  86. Adel Dajani
  87. Arwa Dajani
  88. Lubna Dajani
  89. Nadia Dajani
  90. William Dalrymple, historian/travel writer
  91. Rada Daniell
  92. Clive Darling
  93. Rana Dasgupta, Commonwealth Writers' prize winner
  94. Humphrey Davies, translator
  95. John Dean
  96. James Denslow, Middle East expert
  97. Kiran Desai, Mann Book prize winner
  98. Arianna Dini
  99. Tishani Doshi, novelist and dancer
  100. Lilian El-Doufani
  101. Chris Doyle, Caabu Director
  102. Roddy Doyle, Booker Prize winning author
  103. Lord Alf Dubbs, politician
  104. Catherine Duckett

  105. Peter Durant, photographer
  106. Lord Hugh Dykes, politician
  107. Nadia Dzigal
  108. Baroness Hussein-Ece, politician
  109. Liz Edwards
  110. Rowan Eisner
  111. Michael Ellman
  112. Cllr Gareth Epps, politician
  113. Paramo Ernesto
  114. Emanuelle Degli Esposti, journalist
  115. Adam Fabry
  116. Abdullah Faliq
  117. Steve Fallows
  118. Tawna Farmer
  119. David Farr, writer/director
  120. Ralph Fiennes, actor
  121. Sylvia Finzi
  122. Sally Fitzharris
  123. Stephen Frears, oscar nominated film director
  124. Jane Frere
  125. Esther Freud, author
  126. Nancy Fromer
  127. John Furmanek
  128. Marina Galanti
  129. Alan Gaunt
  130. Professor Sharif Gemie, university lecturer
  131. Hamze Giaffar
  132. Dr David Gibbon
  133. Cllr Roger Giles
  134. Charles Glass, journalist
  135. Angela Glendenning
  136. James Goddard MBE
  137. Tricia Goddard
  138. Carmen Perrera-Goher
  139. Jeremy Gray
  140. Michael Graubart, composer
  141. Anthony C Grayling, philosopher/author
  142. Sharon Green
  143. Paul Greengrass, director
  144. Ana Griffiths
  145. Flora C M Griffiths
  146. Inas Hafez
  147. Sanaa Hafez
  148. Margie Haig
  149. Judith Vidal-Hall
  150. Anna Halloran
  151. Toby Halloran, journalist
  152. Mohsin Hamid, author
  153. Robin Cole-Hamilton
  154. Professor Daphne Hampson, academic
  155. Mohammed Hanif, author/journalist
  156. Cliff Hanley
  157. Anthony Hannay
  158. Jeremy Hardy, comedian
  159. Samira Hassassian
  160. Jenny Hawes
  161. Abe Hayeem
  162. Rosamine Hayeem
  163. Lucy Hayter
  164. Rob Hazlehurst
  165. Canon Garth Hewitt
  166. George Hishmeh
  167. Gehad Homsey
  168. Sally El Hosaini, screenwriter/director
  169. Jocelyn Hurndall, campaigner/author
  170. Lord Hylton, politician
  171. Sammi Ibrahem
  172. Dr Lamees Ibrahim

  173. Revd Geraint ap Iorwerth
  174. Leila Ingrams, researcher and writer
  175. Omar Ismail
  176. Bianca Jagger, human rights advocate/campaigner
  177. Cllr Dr Ismail Jalili
  178. Rohan Jayasekera, journalist/editor
  179. Julie Mason-Jebb
  180. Isabel Johnston
  181. Ghalia Kabbani, writer and journalist
  182. Mustapha Karkouti, commentator, writer
  183. Dr Ghada Karmi, doctor/academic/author/activist
  184. Matthew Kaufeler
  185. Brigid Keenan, journalist and author
  186. Bruce Kent, political activist
  187. Hannah Khalil, playwright
  188. Professor Jim Al-Khalili, University of Surrey academic
  189. Sajid Ali Khan
  190. Imran Khan, cricketer/politician
  191. Jemima Khan, human rights activist
  192. Professor Mushtaq Khan, academic
  193. Aidan L. Kiernander
  194. Nerissa Kisdon
  195. Stevie Krayer, poet
  196. Wendy Kristianasen, journalist
  197. Hari Kunzru, author
  198. Hanif Kureshi, author
  199. Nadira Jaffer Kurtha
  200. Emeritus Professor Ailsa Land
  201. Emeritus Professor Frank Land
  202. Hugh Lanning, PalestineSolidarity Campaign Chair
  203. Sherif Abdel Latif
  204. Rhia Lawrence, vocalist
  205. Khalil M Lawry
  206. Anna Lermon
  207. Valerie Lermon
  208. Marsha Levine
  209. Emeritus Professor Raymond Levy

  210. Ken Loach, film director
  211. Carol Logan
  212. Susan Loppert
  213. Leven Loskun
  214. Andy Love MP, Chair of Caabu
  215. Caroline Lucas MP, leader of the Green Party
  216. Tim Ludford, humanitarian worker
  217. Gillian Lunnon
  218. Daniel Machover, Chair of Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights
  219. Deborah Maccoby
  220. Mohamed Ben-Madani, journalist/broadcaster
  221. Beryl Maizels
  222. Michael Mansfield QC, human rights barrister
  223. Richard Le Mare
  224. Jake Marsden
  225. Dr Michael Marten, academic
  226. Dr Dina Matar, School of Oriental and African Studies academic
  227. Almendra McBride, journalist
  228. Iwan McBride
  229. Bridget McCall
  230. Sally McCarter
  231. John McHugo, international lawyer
  232. Cassidy McKenna
  233. Neil McLaren, teacher
  234. Dee McLoughlin
  235. Hilda Meers
  236. Reyes Menes
  237. Jane Miller
  238. Pankaj Mishra, author
  239. Bdour Mohamed
  240. John Mood
  241. Pat Mood
  242. Elizabeth Morley
  243. Georgina Mortimer
  244. Daniyal Mueenuddin, Pulitzer Prize winning author
  245. Dr Corinna Mullin, academic
  246. Dr Karma Nabulsi, Oxford academic and former PLO representative
  247. Ramsey Pietro Nasser
  248. Dr Daniel Neep
  249. Diana Neslen
  250. Professor Tim Niblock, academic
  251. Lorna Nix
  252. Margaret Obank
  253. Andrew O'Hagan, author
  254. Yamama Al-Oraibi
  255. Caitlin Moriaty-Osborne
  256. Mark Osborne, artist
  257. Llewellyn Osbourne, musician
  258. Kais Osman
  259. Patrick Owen
  260. Roger Lloyd Pack, actor
  261. John Padley
  262. I. S. Parkin
  263. Edward Parsons, Caabu Education Officer
  264. Alison Payne
  265. Ben Pearce
  266. Oliver Pearce
  267. Gordon Pearson
  268. Roshan Pedder
  269. Basharat Peer, journalist
  270. Kathryn Perry
  271. Alexandra Lort Phillips

  272. John Pilger, journalist
  273. D Pilgrim
  274. Selma Piro
  275. Dr Dan Plesch, School of Oriental and African Studies academic
  276. Caroline Poeseul
  277. Alison Prager
  278. Peter Prager
  279. Sylvia Prager
  280. Hilda Pressdee
  281. Dr Hassan Qasrawi
  282. M A Qavi
  283. Joanna Rabiger
  284. Maha Rahwanji
  285. Dr Adam Ramadan, academic
  286. Maud Ramadan
  287. Stephanie Ramamurthy
  288. Anna Raphael
  289. Ahmed Rashid, author
  290. Lord Rupert Redesdale, politician
  291. Cllr Lorna Reith
  292. Dave Rendle
  293. Neville Rigby
  294. Dr Brian Robinson
  295. Max Rodenbeck, journalist
  296. Steve Roman
  297. Professor Caroline Rooney, academic
  298. Dr Geoffrey Roper, academic
  299. Professor Hilary Rose, London School of Economics academic
  300. Professor Steven Rose, Open University academic
  301. Lucy Rouse, journalist
  302. Mary Russell
  303. Desmond Ryan
  304. Karl Sabbagh, author
  305. Mortaza Sahibzada
  306. Frankie Sahni
  307. Jehan Saleh
  308. Luca Salice, translator
  309. Patricia Salti OBE
  310. Maxim Sansour
  311. Ziauddin Sardar, writer/broadcaster
  312. Margaret Sarosi
  313. Anthony Sattin, journalist/broadcaster
  314. Nadim Sawalha, actor
  315. Alexei Sayle, comedian/actor
  316. May Sayonas
  317. Peter Sayonas
  318. Patrick Seale, journalist
  319. Dr Aimee Shalan, Caabu Head of Development
  320. Kamila Shamsie, novelist
  321. Anoushka Shankar, musician
  322. Shaza Shannan, management consultant/teacher
  323. Michael Shaw
  324. Dr Nadia E El-Shazly, academic
  325. Nadim Shehadeh, academic
  326. Professor Avi Shlaim, Oxford academic
  327. Jacqueline Shoen
  328. Martin Short, journalist/broadcaster
  329. Andy Slaughter MP, politician
  330. Andy Smart
  331. Jill Smith
  332. Kayleigh Smith
  333. Keith Sonnet, Deputy Secretary General of UNISON
  334. Ahdaf Soueif, author
  335. Jenny Speller
  336. Janet Sproule
  337. Dr Bruce Stanley
  338. Dr Phyllis Starkey, former MP
  339. Rt. Hon Lord Steel of Aikwood, former Liberal Party leader
  340. Dorothy Stein

  341. Andy Stelman
  342. Averil Swanton
  343. Tilda Swinton, actress
  344. Susannah Tarbush, journalist
  345. Elizabeth Taylor
  346. Jane Taylor
  347. Colin Thubron, author and President of the Royal Society of Literature
  348. Baroness Tonge, politician
  349. Stafania Trassari
  350. Antoinette Turkie, higher education professional
  351. Dr Rim Turkmani, academic
  352. Denni Turp
  353. John Turp
  354. Marcus Ulmefors
  355. Carole Underwood
  356. Yvette Vanson, producer/director
  357. Kees de Vries
  358. Benedetta Viti
  359. Margaret Voggenauer
  360. Timothy Wakefield
  361. John Waller
  362. Michael Walling, Director
  363. Dr Ammar Waraich
  364. Lord Watson of Invergowrie, politician
  365. Alan Weaver, blogger
  366. Frances Webber
  367. Irvine Welsh, author
  368. Bob Wennington
  369. Sam West, actor
  370. Claire Whitehead
  371. Professor Keith Whitelam, academic
  372. Angela Williams, retired United Nations official
  373. Ruth Williams
  374. Stephen Williams MP, politician
  375. Pete Williamson
  376. Susan Holmes Willock
  377. Hilary Wise, campaigner/linguist
  378. Ann Wright, human rights campaigner
  379. Joe Wright, film director
  380. Derek Wyatt, former MP
  381. Valerie Yorke, Middle East expert
  382. Edna Young
  383. Charles Zacharia
  384. Nadia Abu-Zahra, academic
  385. Angie Zelter