Al-Haq and Partners Send Four Written Submissions Prior to the 55th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council on Al-Haq

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  • Al-Haq, jointly with partners, submitted four written submissions ahead of the upcoming 55th regular session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (the Council), which will be held between 26 February and 5 April 2024. Addressing the Council under different agenda items, the four submissions underlined Israel’s ongoing genocide and the escalation of Israeli military attacks in the West Bank, especially on refugee camps; the importance of annually updating the UN database of businesses operating within Israel’s colonial settlement enterprise; the worrying escalation in arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, and torture of Palestinians; and Israel’s targeting of Palestinian memory, identity and cultural heritage.
  • Overall, the written submissions urged the Council and its Member States to uphold their legal obligations to prevent, end, and refrain from aiding or assisting the ongoing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza, and urgently urge Israel to immediately and unconditionally allow the unimpeded access of fuel, water, food and humanitarian aid, including medical supplies, into the Gaza Strip, as mandated by the International Court of Justice’s provisional measures order. Furthermore, the submissions called for international justice and accountability for Israel’s international crimes, including by recognising and taking effective measures to dismantle Israel’s settler-colonial and apartheid regime imposed over the Palestinian people as a whole; supporting and enabling the exercise of the right of self-determination of the Palestinian people and the return of Palestinian refugees to their ancestral land and homes; and reconstituting the UN Special Committee against Apartheid and the UN Centre against Apartheid.

Continue reading at https://www.alhaq.org/advocacy/22717.html

Letter to HRC members on atrocity prevention priorities at the Council’s 52nd session from Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

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The HRC plays an essential role in the prevention of mass atrocity crimes by responding to situations where populations are at risk of, or are experiencing, genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity or ethnic cleansing. During its 44th session in July 2020 the HRC adopted Resolution 44/14 on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), recognizing the important contribution of the UN human rights system in addressing situations where there is a risk of atrocity crimes being committed. This is in line with the Council’s prevention mandate, enshrined in General Assembly Resolution 60/251, which stipulates that it shall “contribute, through dialogue and cooperation, towards the prevention of human rights violations and respond promptly to human rights emergencies.”

As a current member of the HRC we strongly urge you to uphold this shared commitment to prevent atrocity crimes. The Global Centre respectfully encourages you to consider the following recommendations as you engage in the 52nd regular session:

… During its 52nd session, the HRC will have an opportunity to discuss numerous other atrocity situations. We respectfully urge your delegation to actively participate in the interactive dialogues with the High Commissioner and the Designated Expert on Sudan, the Special Rapporteurs on Afghanistan and Iran and with the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia, the Fact-Finding Missions on Venezuela and Libya, and on the High Commissioner’s report on the Occupied Palestinian Territory. We also urge you to participate in the Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on human rights in Eritrea and on the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in the High-level dialogue on the Central African Republic. During the General Debate under Item 4, we respectfully urge your delegation to note that possible atrocity crimes are also currently being committed in Cameroon, the Central Sahel, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Mozambique, and Nigeria, and that the international community must do more to uphold its collective responsibility to protect.

Continue reading at https://www.globalr2p.org/publications/letter-to-hrc-members-on-atrocity-prevention-priorities-at-the-councils-52nd-session/

UN should urgently put an end to Israeli crimes against Palestinians, Iran’s envoy says on News Broadcasting Service

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A senior official with Iran’s UN mission in Geneva has taken the floor of the Human Rights Council to denounce Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip, calling on the world body to take urgent action to stop the regime’s atrocities.

“Over the past seven decades, Palestine has endured countless crimes, including massacre, ethnic cleansing, demographic change, systematic torture and arbitrary killing, in addition to all forms of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. It seems as though they have become Israel’s routine practice ever since the onset of its endless occupation [back in 1948],” Seyyed Mohammad Sadatinejad said at the Council’s 48th regular session on Saturday.

Continue reading at https://www.nbs24.org/en/2021/10/03/33708/latest-un-should-urgently-put-an-end-to-israeli-crimes-against-palestinians-irans-envoy-says/

Press Release—Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestine Territory by International-Lawyers.org

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International-Lawyers.org, International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (EAFORD), Association Ma’onah for Human Rights and Immigration (AMHRI), and Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ) welcome the Human Rights Council’s decision to convene a Special Session to address the grave human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem… actions by Israel, taken as a whole, are now widely recognized as constituting the crime of apartheid and amount to the international crime of genocide… We urge the Council to encourage the International Criminal Court to ensure accountability for the atrocities committed for years in Palestine, including the determination of whether those acts amount to genocide.

Continue reading at https://www.intlawyers.org/news/press-releasehuman-rights-situation-in-the-occupied-palestine-territory

41st Session UN Human Rights Council – Crime of Genocide in Occupied Palestinian Territories under General Debate Item 7 – Samia Haydar by International-Lawyers.Org and Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ)

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We remind this Council that the crime of genocide is committed by a State or non-State actor which intentionally undertakes to destroy a people in whole or in part. Thus, we call on this Council to initiate an investigation into the activities carried out by the Government of Israel, and the violations to the human rights of the Palestinian people over such a long period of time, to determine whether or not the State of Israel is committing the International crime of genocide.

Continue reading at https://www.gicj.org/videos-and-medias/1604-hrc41-item7-genocide-occupied-palestinian-territories

Human Rights Council holds general debate on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories

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International-Lawyers.Org called the Council to put an end to human rights abuses occurring in Palestine.  In Gaza, unarmed civilians including children, medical personnel, journalists and persons with disabilities had been victims of live ammunition by soldiers, particularly during the great march protests.  As all actions were taken with the intention to destroy Palestinian people, the Council was urged to investigate whether Israel was committing genocide against the people of Palestine.

Continue reading at https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=24354&LangID=E

Hamas’s reflection on the report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza aggression

The report of the UN Human Rights Commission of Inquiry does not reflect the massive destruction caused by the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip, and it is drafted in a biased approach that favors the Israeli occupation. It equates the Israeli executioner with the Palestinian victim, and justifies the war crimes Israel committed in Gaza. Therefore, Hamas demands the UN Human Rights Council to… [2] Re-draft the report to include the war crimes Israel has committed, and charge the IOF of war crimes and crimes against humanity as well as crimes of genocide and aggression against a defenseless people. These crimes are enough ground to bring the Israeli criminal leaders to the ICC.

Continue reading at http://hamas.ps/en/post/82/hamas-s-reflection-on-the-report-of-the-independent-commission-of-inquiry-on-the-2014-gaza-aggression

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Let’s Talk About Genocide: The State of Israel Vs. William A. Schabas

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, two weeks ago, Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, addressed the United Nations calling “to define red lines beyond which an intervention would be necessary to stop acts of genocide”… Simply put, Rivlin is calling for the restriction of the definition of genocide, so that Israel may be excused… Though there’s ample reason for Rivlin to try and spin “Never Again”, the accusations of genocide are still far and in between. In fact, In my last article in this series, I tried to unravel the realpolitik which leads the United Nations to serial inaction in the case of Palestine. In the last week however, we’ve seen a dramatic shift in events, subtle as they may seem… Last week, to much media fanfare, William Schabas resigned from the commission. The reason apparently being Israel providing the Human Rights Council with “incriminating” information…

Continue reading at http://pulsemedia.org/2015/02/08/lets-talk-about-genocide-the-state-of-israel-vs-william-a-schabas/

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Abbas Signs Rome Statute: Hold the Cheers by Stephen Lendman

On September 21, 2010, the UN Human Rights Council accused Israel of failing to distinguish “between civilians and civilian objects and military targets… Both the loss of life and the damage to property were disproportionate to the harm suffered by Israel or any threatened harm. Israel’s actions could not be justified as self-defense… The IDF was responsible for the crime of killing, wounding and terrorizing civilians (as well as) wonton(ly) destr(oying) property and that such destruction could not be justified on grounds of military necessity.” The HRC called IDF crimes so grave, “it was compelled to consider whether (genocide) had been committed.” Israel “committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and, possibly genocide in the course of Operation Cast Lead.”

Continue reading at http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2015/01/05/abbas-signs-rome-statute-hold-the-cheers

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The Israeli Genocide Coverup by Luis Miranda

By not allowing UN representatives to enter its territory to conduct proper research into the allegations of war crimes and mass murder, Israel condemns itself to being labeled as a genocidal regime. The Government of Israel has denied entry to the country to the investigating committee appointed in August by the Human Rights Council of the UN, which aimed to clarify whether war crimes were committed in Gaza this summer during the Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Continue reading at http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/israeli-genocide-coverup/

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