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Source: Human Rights Council
27 March 2014




COUNCIL HOLDS DEBATE ON TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND CAPACITY BUILDING, ADOPTS UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW OUTCOME OF ISRAEL
27 March 2014

The Human Rights Council this morning held a general debate on its agenda item on technical assistance and capacity building, including on reports on Afghanistan, Libya, Guinea, Somalia and the Central African Republic. The Council also adopted its Universal Periodic Review outcome of Israel.

Flavia Pansieri, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, introduced the reports to the Council on Wednesday, 26 March in the afternoon and a summary of her presentation is available
here.

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The Human Rights Council then considered the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Israel.

Baudelaire Ndong Ella, the President of the Human Rights Council, said that in a letter dated 13 March, the Ambassador of Israel informed the Council of a strike in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and requested the postponement of the adoption of its outcome document. The Council had then decided that an additional delay would be granted. On 24 March, the Israeli authorities had indicated that the strike was still ongoing and clarified the Government’s position in light of recommendations made during the Review. The Council then formally proceeded to review of the outcome document of Israel, with the President saying that the review would be conducted in the absence of the delegation but on the basis of a letter that would be read out.

The letter said that Israel had carefully reviewed the 237 recommendations received during its second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review, held on 29 October 2013. Following the Working Group’s report, relevant Government Ministries, as well as civil society organizations were consulted in the process of drafting the replies to each of the observations and recommendations received. As a result, Israel had been able to support 105 recommendations, either in whole or in part. Unfortunately, due to an on-going labour strike in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, its representatives would not be able to participate in the scheduled dialogue with the Council and to present its views on conclusions and/or recommendations, voluntary commitments and replies. Israel apologized for the inconvenience and renewed assurance of its highest consideration.

On the basis of information provided, the President said that 54 recommendations had enjoyed the support of the State under review and all other recommendations were noted.

During the discussion, speakers regretted that Israel had been unable to send a delegation to participate in the discussion and some delegations deplored the continuation of human rights violations in the occupied territories, such as the expansion of illegal settlements, detentions and torture. Delegations noted that previous recommendations had not been implemented and that all recommendations concerning the State of Palestine had been rejected. Speakers called on Israel to protect the rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Others pointed out that, given the strike, Israel’s absence could not be characterised as a failure to cooperate with the Council. Speakers encouraged Israel to address the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and to adopt recommendations, including those on solitary confinement for children in military detention, women’s rights and the rights of migrants.

Speaking in the discussion were Pakistan, Syria, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Canada, Cuba, Egypt, and Montenegro.

The following non-governmental organizations also took the floor: Touro Law Centre, International Commission of Jurists, International Federation for Human Rights Leagues, Human Rights Watch, Al-Haq, Amnesty International, International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, and United Nations Watch.

The Council then adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Israel.

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Consideration of Outcome of Universal Periodic Review of Israel

BAUDELAIRE NDONG ELLA,
President of the Human Rights Council, said that in a letter dated 13 March the Ambassador of Israel had said that there was a strike in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and had asked for the postponement of the adoption of its outcome document. The Council had then decided that an additional delay would be granted. In a letter dated 14 March, the President of the Council had indicated that the review would be postponed until today. In line with existing practices, several different options had also been proposed, should the strike continue. On 24 March the Israeli authorities sent a letter indicating that the strike was still ongoing and clarified the Government’s position in light of recommendations made during the Review. The Council would now formally begin the review of the outcome document of Israel. As required to do on several occasions in the past, the review would be conducted in the absence of the delegation but on the basis of a letter that would be read out.

The letter from the Israeli authorities said that the State of Israel had carefully reviewed the 237 recommendations received during its second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review, held on 29 October 2013. Israel was deeply committed to the Universal Periodic Review. Following the Working Group’s report, relevant Government Ministries, as well as civil society organizations were consulted in the process of drafting the replies to each of the observations and recommendations received. As a result, Israel had been able to support 105 recommendations, either in whole or in part. Unfortunately, due to an on-going labour strike in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, its representatives would not be able to participate in the scheduled dialogue with the Council and to present its views on conclusions and/or recommendations, voluntary commitments and replies. Israel apologized for the inconvenience and renewed assurance of its highest consideration.

On the basis of information provided, the President said that 54 recommendations had enjoyed the support of the State under review and all other recommendations were noted.

Pakistan
deeply regretted that Israel still had not implemented recommendations made in the first cycle of its Universal Periodic Review, and that Israel rejected all recommendations referring to the “State of Palestine”. Pakistan called upon Israel to protect the rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Syria
regretted that Israel had rejected any opportunity to cooperate with the Universal Periodic Review. Considering its unwillingness to implement binding United Nations Security Council resolutions, it seemed clear that Israel would not implement recommendations made to it during its Review.

United Kingdom
said that absence due to a strike could not be characterized as non-cooperation by Israel. The United Kingdom was concerned about the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and encouraged Israel to adopt recommendations to end solitary confinement for children in military detention.

United States
commended Israel for its strong human rights record and democratic values. The United States encouraged Israel to implement recommendations related to women’s rights and the rights of migrants. The United States was concerned that some States made recommendations to Israel that fell outside the scope of the mandate of the Council.

Venezuela
expressed disappointment at the unwillingness of Israel to desist from ongoing human rights violations and called on Israel to put an end to its illegal occupation in Palestine and the Syrian Golan. Venezuela called on Israel to stop the building of illegal settlements and the destruction of Palestinian property, as well as illegal detentions and torture.

Canada
said that despite the bias often expressed against Israel in the Council, Israel had a lot to contribute to the Council. Israel had accepted a number of recommendations, including those made by Canada regarding the rights of women and the situation of persons with disabilities.

Cuba
regretted the excuses presented by Israel and said they showed Israel’s disdain for the Council. Cuba regretted that Israel had not accepted the majority of the recommendations, including calls to put an end to the illegal occupation of territories in Palestine and the Syrian Golan, as well as those concerning illegal settlements.

Egypt
was disappointed by the lack of an interactive dialogue and was not surprised that Israel had rejected the recommendations related to the occupation of Palestinian and Syrian territories, as well as ongoing human rights violations taking place therein. Egypt called on Israel to stop violations of religious sites and the practice of illegal settlements.

Montenegro
strongly welcomed the Government of Israel’s readiness and commitment to continue to engage positively with the Universal Periodic Review. Montenegro wished Israel every success in addressing challenges in the field of human rights and encouraged its efforts towards the full implementation of accepted recommendations.

Touro Law Centre, the Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust
said that this event was entitled a Universal Periodic Review so that the Council could claim to apply the same rules to Israel as every other State, but just three days ago the Council had spent 6 hours condemning Israel as the agenda included Israel-bashing at every session.

International Commission of Jurists
called on Israel to accept and implement recommendations to abide by international humanitarian and international human rights law, and fully implement recommendations for thorough and impartial investigations into all allegations of violations committed in the context of the prolonged occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

International Federation for Human Rights Leagues
regretted Israel’s absence in the room today. It was deeply concerned about activities of business enterprises in Israeli settlements located in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Israel had failed to prevent, stop, investigate and prosecute ongoing pillaging in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and in fact actively assisted in this.

Human Rights Watch
said that Israel had failed to hold military personnel accountable for human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Israel continued to build new settlements on a different regime than the one imposed on Palestinians. Human Rights Watch was concerned about the arbitrary detention of Palestinians and asylum seekers.

Al-Haq, Law in the Service of Man
, said that Israeli soldiers had shot a kid last week, and continued to use excessive force against Palestinians. House demolitions and settlements had more than doubled in the last eight months. The continuation of these practices, together with Israel’s persistent non-cooperation with the Universal Periodic Review, was in clear defiance of international law.

Amnesty International
was concerned that Israel’s national report omitted any reference to the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, where rules of international humanitarian and human rights law applied. Amnesty International urged Israel to ensure accountability for killings by the Israeli military, cease houses demolitions and forced evictions and reform its asylum procedures.

International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
commended Israel’s decision to cooperate with the Universal Periodic Review. The criticism of non-cooperation by Israel was politicized. The situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories was important, but should not be the only focus of Israel’s review, as the human rights situation within Israel was also important to consider.

United Nations Watch
called on Israel to pay attention to recommendations concerning the status of women in all communities, discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, fighting against manifestations of religious intolerance, and thoroughly investigating religious hatred. The report addressed the issue of the Council’s selective and politicised treatment of Israel. It was time for the Council to uphold equality and universality.

The Council then adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Israel.


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