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Source: Human Rights Council
27 February 2017


PRESIDENT OF STATE OF PALESTINE CAUTIONS AGAINST UNILATERAL ACTIONS AND ENCOURAGEMENT OF OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE BY ANY PARTY

27 February 2017

The Human Rights Council today started its high-level segment, hearing statements by dignitaries from 28 States and one organization.

Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, updated the Human Rights Council on the current situation in the occupied State of Palestine, underlining that the occupying power was undermining the letter and the spirit of the United Nations Charter and the Geneva Conventions. He cautioned any party against any unilateral actions and any encouragement of the occupation of Palestine, including any transfer of embassies in the occupied territories.

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High-Level Segment

MAHMOUD ABBAS, President of the State of Palestine, updated the Human Rights Council on the current situation in the occupied State of Palestine, stressing that the occupying force was undermining the letter and the spirit of the United Nations Charter and the Geneva Conventions. Israeli forces had compelled one half of the Palestinian population to live in exile. Approximately 50 years had passed since Israel had begun occupying Palestinian lands. That disastrous reality had led to systematic human rights violations. There was more than ever a need for the United Nations specialized agencies to ensure Israel’s accountability for those violations, and to guarantee the end of the confiscation of lands, the taking of underground water reserves, the destruction of houses, and the racist practices of the Israeli regime. Mr. Abbas reiterated the appeal to end the occupation and bring an end to all the consequences of the occupation to ensure the establishment of a fully independent Palestinian State. Israel had continued to practice human rights violations and arrests, leaving thousands of Palestinians in prison. Palestine today was a reality anchored in history and international relations, while Israel was trying to withdraw from the progress previously achieved.

Mr. Abbas called on all States to recognize the State of Palestine, noting that the Government of the State of Palestine was extending a hand of peace. It was against any form of terrorism or violence, and it was disposed to work with everyone, including the administration of Donald Trump. Mr. Abbas cautioned against any unilateral actions and any encouragement of the further occupation of Palestine. He also cautioned against any transfer of embassies to the occupied territories, and called for the establishment of a database of businesses which violated human rights. As for the working of the national bodies to uphold the rule of law, Mr. Abbas announced the upcoming submission of the first report on the fight of all forms of discrimination against women. He called for the end of the occupation of the State of Palestine, which would end all human rights violations there and was crucial for upholding the credibility of the Council.

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AYMAN SAFADI, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Jordan, said …Finding a just and global solution to the Palestinian question was a major priority, and the people of the Middle East would only enjoy peace and security if there was a two-State solution with a restoration of a sovereign Palestinian State. It was crucial to find a daring solution which reflected international resoluteness on that matter. The current complications threatened the status of Jerusalem, and Jordan was working on better coordination in order to maintain the sacred sites.

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KHEMAIES JHINAOUI, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Tunisia, said …Lastly, the Minister reiterated his support for the plight of the Palestinian people, who have been suffering under the occupation.

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JEAN ASSELBORN, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, said…The principle of two States of Israel and Palestine was the only path to follow.

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MOHAMED ASIM, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Maldives, said …The Government of Maldives called on Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian and Arab lands that it had illegally occupied since 1967, and to strictly adhere to the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.

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HRC17/003E 



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