UN rights council demands halt to arms sales to Israel on AFP

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Geneva (AFP) – The UN Human Rights Council on Friday demanded a halt in all arms sales to Israel, highlighting warnings of “genocide” in its war in Gaza, which has killed more than 33,000 people. The resolution — which passed with 28 of the council’s 47 member states voting in favour, six opposed and 13 abstaining — marked the first time the United Nations top rights body has taken a position on the bloodiest-ever war to beset the besieged Palestinian territory.

…”We need you all to wake up and stop this genocide, a genocide televised around the world,” Palestinian ambassador Ibrahim Mohammad Khraishi told the council before the vote.

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Anatomy of a Genocide by Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Francesca Albanese

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  • After five months of military operations, Israel has destroyed Gaza. Over 30,000 Palestinians have been killed, including more than 13,000 children. Over 12,000 are presumed dead and 71,000 injured, many with life-changing mutilations. Seventy percent of residential areas have been destroyed. Eighty percent of the whole population has been forcibly displaced. Thousands of families have lost loved ones or have been wiped out. Many could not bury and mourn their relatives, forced instead to leave their bodies decomposing in homes, in the street or under the rubble. Thousands have been detained and systematically subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment. The incalculable collective trauma will be experienced for generations to come.

  • By analysing the patterns of violence and Israel’s policies in its onslaught on Gaza, this report concludes that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the threshold indicating Israel’s commission of genocide is met. One of the key findings is that Israel’s executive and military leadership and soldiers have intentionally distorted jus in bello principles, subverting their protective functions, in an attempt to legitimize genocidal violence against the Palestinian people.”

Continue reading at https://www.ohchr.org/sites/default/files/documents/hrbodies/hrcouncil/sessions-regular/session55/advance-versions/a-hrc-55-73-auv.pdf

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Attacks on the humanitarian aid distribution system  by UN Human Rights Office – OPT

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  • Israel, as the occupying power, has the obligation to ensure the provision of food and medical care to the population commensurate with their needs, and if it is unable to do so, it must at the very least facilitate the work of humanitarian organizations to deliver that assistance and the access of the population to it in a safe and dignified manner. Israel must also ensure entry of humanitarian aid and all other goods necessary for the survival of the civilian population at the required scale, facilitate the rebuilding of civilian infrastructure and ensure the safety of convoys, routes, warehouses, distribution sites, aid seekers and those securing and delivering aid.

Continue reading at https://reliefweb.int/report/occupied-palestinian-territory/un-human-rights-office-opt-attacks-humanitarian-aid-distribution-system-enar

Gaza: Halt the war now to save children from dying of imminent famine by UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

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  • Deliberate actions such as blocking and restricting humanitarian aid appear to be calculated to bring about the physical destruction of Palestinian children, and we refer in this regard to the interim ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 26 January 2024, which found some rights claims by South Africa under the Genocide Convention to be “plausible”. 
  • We draw attention to the ICJ’s order to Israel to “take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of all acts within the scope of article II of the Convention”, including killing members of the group; to “prevent and punish the direct and public incitement to commit genocide”; and to “enable the provision of… humanitarian assistance”. 

Continue reading at https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2024/03/gaza-halt-war-now-save-children-dying-imminent-famine-un-committee-warns

Famine imminent in northern Gaza, new report warns (World Food Program, March 2024)

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  • Famine is imminent in the northern part of the Gaza Strip and the entire population of Gaza is facing crisis levels of food insecurity or worse, according to the new Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report released today.

Overall, the new report shows that 1.1 million people in Gaza – half of the population – have completely exhausted their food supplies and coping capacities and are struggling with catastrophic hunger (IPC Phase 5) and starvation. This is the highest number of people ever recorded as facing catastrophic hunger by the IPC system, and double the number in IPC Phase 5 just three months ago.

“People in Gaza are starving to death right now. The speed at which this man-made hunger and malnutrition crisis has ripped through Gaza is terrifying,” said WFP Executive Director Cindy McCain. “There is a very small window left to prevent an outright famine and to do that we need immediate and full access to the north. If we wait until famine has been declared, it’s too late. Thousands more will be dead.”

Continue reading at https://www.wfp.org/news/famine-imminent-northern-gaza-new-report-warns

Full IPC report can be accessed here https://www.ipcinfo.org/fileadmin/user_upload/ipcinfo/docs/IPC_Gaza_Strip_Acute_Food_Insecurity_Feb_July2024_Special_Brief.pdf

Two days following Palestinian human rights organizations demand from United Nations Secretary General to inquire into the failure of Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, to fulfill her mandate, she issued this statement

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  • New York, 9 February 2024 – The United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, reiterates that she remains horrified at the situation in the Middle East and at the unbearable loss of life in the region, with allegations of violations of international law.
  • … Echoing the words of the Secretary-General, the Special Adviser reiterates that violations of international humanitarian law can never justify the collective punishment of the people in Gaza. “Civilians must be protected at all times on both sides,” Special Adviser Wairimu Nderitu reminded. The Special Adviser also calls all relevant actors to strengthen their resolve to find solutions to end this conflict.

Continue reading at https://www.un.org/en/genocideprevention/documents/USG_Special_Adviser_Nderitu_Middle_East_Order_ICJ_9022024.pdf

Read the Palestinian human rights organizations statement at https://israelgenocide.com/2024/02/07/palestinian-organisations-demand-inquiry-into-un-genocide-prevention-offices-inexcusable-failure-to-address-israels-ongoing-genocide-in-gaza-by-al-haq/

UN experts urge States to unite for peace and push for ceasefire in Gaza on United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

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They reiterated their previous statement warning against the commission of genocide and their recommendations:

  1. 1- Allow unimpeded delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid to the people in Gaza, including reproductive health supplies;
  2. 2- Ensure the immediate, unconditional, safe and secure release of the hostages taken by Hamas;
  3. 3- Ensure that all Palestinians arbitrarily detained by Israel are released immediately;
  4. 4- Ensure that all persons, including women and girls, are protected from gender-based violence, including sexual assault and abuse. Allegations of such crimes must be fully and independently investigated;
  5. 5- Ensure that pregnant women have access to adequate health care;
  6. 6- Open humanitarian corridors toward the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Israel, especially for those that have been most affected by this war, the sick and wounded, persons with disabilities, older persons, pregnant women and children;
  7. 7- Collaboration of all parties with the Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel, and the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on the investigation opened in March 2021, as well as crimes arising from the recent events, underlining that the crimes committed today are partly due to a lack of deterrence and continued impunity;
  8. 8- Implement an arms embargo on all warring parties; and
  9. 9- Address the underlying causes of the conflict by ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory and fulfilling the Palestinian right of self-determination.

Continue reading at https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2023/12/un-experts-urge-states-unite-peace-and-push-ceasefire-gaza

Gaza: UN experts call on international community to prevent genocide against the Palestinian people by UN Special Rapporteur Francesca Albanese and others

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“Many of us already raised the alarm about the risk of genocide in Gaza,” the experts said. “We are deeply disturbed by the failure of governments to heed our call and to achieve an immediate ceasefire. We are also profoundly concerned about the support of certain governments for Israel’s strategy of warfare against the besieged population of Gaza, and the failure of the international system to mobilise to prevent genocide,” they said.

…“The international community has an obligation to prevent atrocity crimes, including genocide, and should immediately consider all diplomatic, political and economic measures to that end,” the experts said. They urged immediate action by UN Member States and the UN system as a whole.

…“The international community, including not only States but also non-State actors such as businesses, must do everything it can to immediately end the risk of genocide against the Palestinian people, and ultimately end Israeli apartheid and occupation of the Palestinian territory,” the experts said.

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UN Special Rapporteur on occupied Palestinian territories addresses Press Club on ABC News

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“War crimes, crimes against humanity must be accounted for, but also must be prevented. Together with other Special Rapporteurs [I] have warned, already three weeks ago, against the risk that Israel might commit the crime of genocide against the Palestinian people, as genocide is the intentional targeting of a population based on racial, national, ethnic or religious lines, with intent to destroy, it in all or in part. And certainly the statements made by Israeli politicians and military unveil a genocidal intent to wipe out Gaza and its residents, and this should not be ignored.”

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Guterres: We Cannot Prevent Genocide in Gaza by Palestine Chronicle

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“(We have) no power, no money, but a voice and a platform where people can (bring) together governments, civil society, businesses, and at least try to find ways to address the dramatic problems of our time,” Guterres said.

His comments were a response to a question about what levers the UN had at its disposal to stop a potential genocide in the Gaza Strip.

Earlier, Libya’s Permanent Representative to the UN Taher El-Sonni said at a UN Security Council meeting that without taking action and holding those responsible for the Gaza crisis accountable, the international community may see a genocide rivaling Rwanda in the 1990s.

Israel has, thus far, killed over 10,569 – including 4,324 children and 2,823 women – and wounded 26,475.

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