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Source: Human Rights Council
7 June 2017


Human Rights Council holds general debate on High Commissioner’s oral update

MORNING

GENEVA (7 June 2017) - The Human Rights Council this morning held a general debate on the oral update of Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The High Commissioner addressed the opening of the Council’s session on Tuesday, 6 June, and a summary of his statement can be found here.

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Pakistan, speaking on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation,…The Organization condemned the occupation of Palestine.

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Venezuela, speaking on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement…Human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territories were condemned. Israel should bring an end to systematic violations of human rights.

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Qatar said it was committed to continue its collaboration with the High Commissioner. With regard to the history of the Jews that was outlined in the High Commissioner’s statement, Qatar highlighted the suffering of the Palestinian people under Israel’s occupation.

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Saudi Arabia …The Palestinian people deserved to live like any other people without occupation. Saudi Arabia therefore called on the international community to implement necessary measures to put an end to the suffering of the Palestinian people and to stop Israel’s conduct which was contrary to international law.

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South Africa shared the concern expressed by other speakers on the question of the Palestinian people. Session after session, the Council received reports on the violations of international obligations by the State of Israel with absolute impunity

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The Palestinian question remained an open wound at the international level and Tunisia called for the Palestinian people to be authorized to enjoy their full rights.

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Ecuador supported the continued monitoring of the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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Senegal welcomed the call for solidarity with the Palestinian people and supported an approach based on a two-State solution.

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Algeria stated …The colonization of Palestine and Western Sahara should be ended, and monitoring of human rights situations there should be supported.

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Jordan commended the efforts by the High Commissioner and called for a global approach to address challenges facing the world today. The Palestinian issue remained the key issue due to the inherent sense of injustice in this long-standing occupation, while terrorism was a threat to the world as a whole.

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Syria said that with respect to the occupation by the Israeli forces of Palestine, including East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, the residents there had fundamental rights which were being violated. The continuation of such practices was unacceptable, as was the fact that the United States Representative to the United Nations had allowed herself to hand out lessons. The High Commissioner was relaying information without verifying it

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BADIL Resource Centre for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights said that Israel’s belligerent occupation of the Palestinian territory was the longest occupation in history and pointed to the Israeli intent to permanently change the composition of the population in those territories, including through illegal and forced transfers of the population. The coercive behaviour of Israel left no choice to the Palestinians but to leave their homes

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United Nations Watch staunchly opposed the comparison of the Holocaust with the suffering of the Palestinian people by the High Commissioner for Human Rights. He failed to mention that the Government of Jordan had placed its military forces under the command of Egypt during the 1967 war against Israel. –

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