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Source: Human Rights Council
1 March 2016


HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL HEARS STATEMENTS BY DIGNITARIES FROM
24 STATES AND ORGANIZATIONS AS IT CONTINUES ITS HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT

1 March 2016

The Human Rights Council continued its High-Level Segment today, hearing statements by dignitaries from 24 States and international organizations who spoke about their concerns regarding the situation in a number of countries and regions around the world and outlined some of their efforts in the promotion and protection of human rights.

Riyad Al Malki, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the State of Palestine, commended the Human Rights Council for revealing to the world Israel’s practices against the Palestinian people. Collective punishments, including the destruction of houses, were being perpetrated. The occupying power continued to promote settlements and to plunder natural resources in order to impose a new de facto situation based on racial discrimination.

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Bassam Talhouni, Minister of Justice of Jordan, said that the problems of terrorism and extremism posed a great threat to the values of human rights, which was why all States needed to work together to combat those phenomena. Settling the Palestinian question was the key to resolving the conflicts in the Middle East and in the world. The failure of the international community to find a solution for the Palestinian question had exacerbated terrorism and extremism.

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High-Level Segment

RIYAD AL MALKI,
Minister for Foreign Affairs of the State of Palestine, commended the Human Rights Council for revealing to the world Israeli practices against the Palestinian people. The sound of Israeli bulldozers establishing illegal settlements covered the cries of the Palestinian victims. Following the reports by the Council and the Commission of Inquiry on the Gaza Conflict, the State of Palestine had established a fact finding commission, which had not been able to carry out its mandate due to Israeli restrictions. Collective punishments, including the destruction of houses and the refusal to return the corpses of martyrs, were being perpetrated. Arbitrary detention and torture of detainees and children were systematic and clear violations of international human rights and humanitarian laws. The occupying power continued to promote settlements and to plunder natural resources in order to impose a new de facto situation based on racial discrimination. Those activities constituted war crimes. The international community should hold Israel accountable for its crimes. Impunity encouraged Israel to continue its violations, and undermined the credibility of the international system as a whole. Mr. Malki called on all countries to boycott the products of settlements and to impose economic sanctions on the occupying power, in accordance with the United Nations Guidelines on Business and Human Rights. The Security Council should adopt a resolution condemning illegal settlements as obstacles to the two-State solution, complementing France’s efforts to resume negotiations. In conclusion, he reiterated the State of Palestine’s commitment to a comprehensive and just peace that responded to the aspirations of the Palestinian people and their right to self-determination.

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RAMTANE LAMAMRA,
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria, …Speaking about the Palestinian people, Mr. Lamamra noted that they were victims of decades-long politics of repression and domination. The Palestinian people had to recover their legitimate national rights. He deplored the fact that the politics of occupation had persisted, despite numerous condemnations by the Human Rights Council. The denial of the rights of the Palestinian people was similar to the situation of the people of Western Sahara, the last colony in Africa where the process of self-determination had begun in 1975. Algeria would continue to work in order to bring a just and lasting end to the conflict through the holding of a free and fair referendum on self-determination.

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BASSAM TALHOUNI, Minister of Justice of Jordan, said that the Human Rights Council undertook important global action to promote and protect human rights. The problems of terrorism and extremism posed a great threat to the values of human rights, which was why all States needed to work together to combat those phenomena. Settling the Palestinian question was the key to resolving the conflicts in the Middle East and in the world. The failure of the international community to find a solution for the Palestinian question had exacerbated terrorism and extremism. Jordan advocated for the creation of an independent and fully sovereign Palestinian State within its pre-1968 borders. It condemned the building of Jewish settlements and the destruction of Palestinian homes and infrastructure.

DRAGOLJUA BENCINA, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, …Slovenia was concerned about the situation of the Palestinian people, who suffered repression of civic uprising, terrorism and violent extremism, failed statehood and struggling institutions, land grabs and decades of long strife.

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HRC16/007E



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