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PCHRO Presents Oral Statement on Apartheid to Human Rights Council

Monday, 19 March 2012 12:02 Ref.: 68/2012
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Today, 19 March, Al-Haq will present a joint oral statement on behalf of the Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organisations* to the UN Human Rights wall-ApartheidCouncil for its 19th session during the General Debate on Item 7: The Human Rights Situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories. The statement  highlights Israel’s policies and practises of apartheid and racial segregation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), increasing cases of settler violence against Palestinians and their property, and Israel’s policy of displacing Palestinians from their land.

On 13 February, Al-Haq submitted its joint written statement to the 19th session of the Human Rights Council.

The written submission, "Israel’s Policies Increase Levels of Forcible Transfer in the OPT," examines how Israel's discriminatory practises including house demolitions, restrictions on building permits, the denial of the right to water and access to  natural resources, coupled with  restrictions on freedom of movement, fundamentally deny the Palestinian people their right to self-determination.

In the submission Al-Haq urges the Human Rights Council:

  • To form a UN Fact-Finding Mission to investigate the widespread and systematic nature of Israel’s policies and practices that lead to the forcible transfer of the protected Palestinian population;
  • To call on the Occupying Power to comply with its obligations under international humanitarian law, in particular by immediately discontinuing all illegal policies leading to the forcible transfer of the Palestinian population;
  • To demand that the Occupying Power end all discriminatory policies against Palestinians, including restrictions on freedom of movement, right to housing, and access to and use of natural resources;
  • To call for the reconvening of the Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions, as suggested in the Report of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, with a view to finding clear mechanisms to enforce the Occupying Power’s obligations under the Conventions;
  • To urge the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons to conduct a visit to the OPT without delay and to report on his findings to the Council;
  • To suggest practical steps to ensure that all Member States respect their erga ommes obligations and refrain from providing any support to Israeli policies denying the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.

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*The Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organisations (PCHRO):

Adameer Addameer Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Association
Sahar Francis
General Director
aaldameer

Aldameer Association for Human Rights
Khalil Abu Shammala
General Director

Al-Haq-Small

Al-Haq
Shawan Jabarin
General Director

Mezan Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
Issam Younis
General Director
Badil

Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights
Najwa Darwish
General Director

DCI

Defence for Children International
Palestine Section
Rifat Kassis
General Director

Ensan

Ensan Center for Human Rights and Democracy
Shawqi Issa
General Director

Hurryyat

Hurryyat - Centre for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights
Helmi Al-araj
General Director

JLAC

Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights
Issam Aruri
General Director

PCHRS

Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies
Iyad Barghouti
General Director

wclac2

Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling
Maha Abu Dayyeh
General Director