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Mr. Dugard’s reports add to mountains of documents of how Israel, thanks to US veto power in the Security Council, has continued to defy the resolutions of the Security Council, the resolutions of the General Assembly, and now the ruling of the International Court of Justice. Yet Israel is still a member of the United Nations and allowed to persist in its violation of the rights of the Palestinian people, of neighboring states and of the Charter of the United Nations. It is still allowed to violate international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions with impunity, and the other parties to these Conventions still fail to take any action in discharge of their obligation under the Conventions to ensure respect for their provisions.
The double standard applied by some members of the international community through the United Nations regarding the enforcement of resolutions and respect for the Charter are seriously affecting the credibility of the UN, and, of course, the credibility of those states who have drawn the United Nations into that course. The result of this is for everyone to see and suffer.
It is high time that one standard is rigorously applied: respect for the rule of law by all, respect for the Charter of the United Nations and resolutions of its organs by all, and no discrimination. It is high time to respond to Israel’s apartheid and violations with sanctions the way the international community responded to apartheid in South Africa
Our organization calls upon the members of the Human Rights Council and nongovernmental organizations to draw the attention of the international community to these issues, especially the rulings of the International Court of Justice in order for states to take seriously their human rights obligations.
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