Continuous Violations of Human Rights in Palestine

The fourth annual report released today Monday March 19 2012 by the UNHCR has criticized the involvement of Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the de-facto authorities in the Gaza Strip in human rights violations and abuses. The report focused on and exposed the Israeli practices against Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The report covers the period from December 1 2010 until November 15 2011.

The fourth annual report of the Commissioner on the situation of human rights in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories ” the number of cases documented by UNHCR indicate that the IDF most often uses live ammunition against unarmed Palestinians”.

Khawla Mattar, director of the United Nations Information Center in Cairo said during a press conference to introducing the report: “The “israeli settlers” who continuously violate the rights of Palestinians are tried before civilian courts in Israel while they settle in the Palestinian occupied territories, but the Palestinians are tried before military tribunals for simply protecting their rights. This is a clear violation of Human Rights; it even violates the law in Israel itself”.

Read part of the report which talks about the violations of the Palestinians Rights quoted below. The full report can be read online at the UN website link.

19 March 2012 – The Human Rights Council this morning opened its general debate on the human rights situation in Palestine and Other Occupied Arab Territories after hearing High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay present the report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the topic.

Ms. Pillay said the human rights challenges in the occupied Palestinian territory were intrinsically linked to the continuing expansion of Israeli settlements, including violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians. The Israeli Government must investigate all incidents of violence against Palestinians and ensure that the perpetrators were held accountable. The High Commissioner urged the Government of Israel to bring its policies and practices in the occupied Palestinian territory in line with its international humanitarian law obligations as the occupying power. On the Palestinian side, there were concerns of arbitrary detention and ill-treatment, especially in Gaza. Palestinian leaders should reinforce safeguards for freedoms of opinion, expression, association and assembly and should demonstrate leadership in securing these freedoms, including for human rights defenders and journalists.

Speaking as a concerned country, Israel said agenda item 7 was actually more correctly understood to be the agenda item for targeting Israel. Israel was certainly not perfect and Israel’s vibrant media and civil society pointed out those mistakes regularly. Life for Palestinians had improved. It was time for the Council to get back to the real work. Work for the people of Syria and Iran and in other places where people’s lives actually depended on the international community taking action.

Palestine, also speaking as a concerned country, said the report proved that Israel had run a policy of daily violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. Settlements were the biggest obstacle to a peace agreement. Israel must immediately start cooperating with the international community and shoulder its responsibilities as an occupying power. The international community must fulfil its responsibilities and have Israel cease the occupation and respect the Fourth Geneva Convention.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the human rights challenges in the occupied Palestinian territory were intrinsically linked to the continuing expansion of Israeli settlements, including violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians. The Israeli Government must investigate all incidents of violence against Palestinians and ensure that the perpetrators were held accountable. Israel should ensure that Palestinians could easily access Israeli police stations and register complaints.

There were incidents of excessive use of force by Israeli security forces; the Government should cease the use of live ammunition against civilians. The main results of Israel’s blockade of Gaza continued to be poverty, unemployment and the deterioration of health care, education and water and sanitation facilities.

Israeli should facilitate the movement of civilians to and from Gaza, ensure that reconstruction material could be delivered and permit more goods to be exported. The High Commissioner urged the Government of Israel to bring its policies and practices in the occupied Palestinian territory in line with its international humanitarian law obligations as the occupying power.

On the Palestinian side, there were concerns of arbitrary detention and ill-treatment, especially in Gaza. Palestinian leaders should ensure any credible allegation of ill-treatment was investigated promptly and impartially.

Palestinian leaders should reinforce safeguards for freedoms of opinion, expression, association and assembly and should demonstrate leadership in securing these freedoms, including for human rights defenders and journalists. The firing of indiscriminate projectiles toward Israel from Gaza was illegal and unjustifiable.

The High Commissioner encouraged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to implement the small steps recommended in her report to not only improve the lives of civilians but also to demonstrate the leaders’ commitment to the goal of living side by side in peace and security.

4 comments to Continuous Violations of Human Rights in Palestine

  • Ivor Hughes

    Kawther ..
    you are a legend for what you do for your peoples, and many times your incisive arrows leave me so angry that I really do not know how to behave .. except that my throat hurts so badly.

    The Palestinian peoples will triumph in the end .. and they will win for what you have demonstrated .. the strength and the will of the people.

    God Bless You

  • Oldtimer

    It’s beyond me how Israel can continue with it’s atrocities against the Palestianian people.

    • Jim Brooks

      Unfortunately, Oldtimer, Israel can continue doing what they are doing because the 535 members of the US Congress as well as the members of the Executive branch of the US Government, all of them totally controlled and intimidated by the AIPAC, all work tirelessly to protect Israel from any criticism, whether in the mainstream news media, in the UN, and in any other global forum where critics might dare to speak the truth about Israel’s crimes against humanity! No well informed American citizen would ever willingly be a part of this crime, yet we are all forced to be complicit in it, as our Government gives Israel $Billions every year to spend on the weapons they use to indiscriminately murder Palestinian citizens, always claiming that militant terrorists are using their fellow countrymen as shields. No Israeli official has spoken a single word of TRUTH in years… decades… yet we have been trained as misinformed Americans to praise our officials when they chant “Israel has a right to defend itself.” It is an utterly disgusting show of cowardice on the part of the most powerful nation on earth!

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