UN Human Rights Council votes to launch an international investigation into human rights violations in the Palestinian territories


The United Nations Human Rights Council voted during a special session held yesterday to address the grave human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, to form an independent international commission of inquiry into the Israeli aggression in the occupied Palestinian territories including East Jerusalem, and the occupied 48 territories.

This came at the conclusion of the thirtieth special session held yesterday, Thursday, to urgently discuss the grave human rights situation in the occupied  Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem.

The draft resolution was presented by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Palestinian delegation, and it was adopted after 24 states voted in its  favor, 14 abstained, while  9 countries – Uruguay, Britain, the Marshall Islands, Malawi, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Cameroon, and the Czech Republic -opposed it.

The draft resolution was introduced by the representative of Pakistan under the title “ensuring respect for international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem and the 48 territories”.

He said that the draft resolution is determined by the context of the cycle of violence and evictions of Palestinian families and their forced displacement in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem, and what Al-Aqsa Mosque witnessed in the holy month of Ramadan, and this is linked to the unlawful occupation and illegal activities, including the apartheid policy that is practiced within the framework of impunity by the occupying authorities.

According to what the representative of Pakistan said, impunity must be addressed, all perpetrators held accountable, and the implementation of international humanitarian laws and international human rights law must be ensured.

The first part of the text sets out the application of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, and sets out obligations under the Geneva Convention in time of war, as well as the Geneva Conventions applicable to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, concerning the protection of civilians under occupation.
The resolution provides for the establishment of an international commission of inquiry with a mandate to investigate the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and to identify the underlying causes of current tensions and causes of conflict, including discrimination and oppression based on religious and ethnic identity, and make a recommendation to end impunity for such crimes, and redress for the victims.
The draft resolution also called on all states to refrain from selling weapons that may be used in violation of international humanitarian and human rights laws.
The decision calls for ensuring respect for international law and developing a structure that guarantees an end to impunity for the recent unprecedented gross violations of human rights, all parties to deal with the investigation committee and ensure its access to the areas covered by the investigation, to protect people and ensure their rights and dignity.
The representative of Pakistan explained that these goals are central to the mandate of the Human Rights Council called for by the Member States, and we call on the members of the Council to demonstrate this commitment to human rights principles that must be applied to all without discrimination, and this is a real test of consistency between words and actions.

Khreishi: For 73 years we have suffered from an apartheid regime

The Ambassador of the State of Palestine to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ibrahim Khreishi, said that the Palestinian people have suffered from an apartheid regime for 73 years, and the violations committed by settlers in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

He added that what happened at the beginning of this month of attacks on Christian worshipers in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and preventing them from celebrating Easter, and then the attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan, and the violations that happen in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the town of Silwan prove that Israel is not what it claims or promotes as the only democratic country in the region, but rather a state of oppression and occupation.
Ambassador Khreishi denounced what was said by many representatives of countries about “Israel’s right to defend itself,” saying: “What is our right, the Palestinian people, who are under occupation? International law guarantees us our right to struggle and resist. Everyone is talking about Israel’s right to struggle.” To defend itself and no one talks about its hideous practices. ”

“The recent events have sent a message to the world that the Palestinian people are united in the West Bank, Gaza and the occupied Arab territories, and hope that this will be a message to the active forces in the world to recognize a Palestinian state so that our people can exercise their right to self-determination,” Khreishi added.

He said: “We hope that we will all work to preserve the international legal system. Israel monopolizes and manipulates all of you because it acts outside the law




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