Israel Denies Visa to UN Expert on Violence against Women

RashidaEuromid Observer – An official visit to the Palestinian territories by a United Nations human rights expert on violence against women has been cancelled due to Israel’s visa denial.

The UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, Rashida Manjoo, was scheduled to arrive in the Palestinian territories on January 19 to engage directly with female survivors of violence in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization based in Geneva, condemns the Israeli obstruction of justice and pledges that it will not prevent the organization from providing her the evidence and documents needed to obtain a firsthand understanding of issues related to violence against women in the Palestinian territories.

“The Israeli denial of entry to international experts and officials constitutes a great disregard for international law and is an attempt to conceal its violations in the Palestinian territories,” says Ramy Abdu, chair of Euro-Mid. “However, despite Israeli attempts to stonewall, Euro-Mid will deliver to Ms. Manjoo a comprehensive report that documents Israeli violations of human rights against Palestinian women.”

Euro-Mid calls on all concerned parties within the International community to take all possible measures to allow international experts entry into the Palestinian territories, and to pressure Israel to stop impeding the work of commissions of inquiry, including the commission established by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNRC) into the summer assault on Gaza.

1 comment to Israel Denies Visa to UN Expert on Violence against Women

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    I would not fault that country for denying the UN any access to that country. The only thing I have seen U.N. to be good at is control of a country. The UN does nothing but control. That control thing is not always beneficial for the host country.

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