CIHRS and Partners Advocate for Palestinian Rights at 47th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council

In Arab Countries, International Advocacy Program, United Nations Human Rights Council by CIHRS

Prior to the 47th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), which is currently being held from 21 June to 15 July 2021, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) and partner Palestinian organizations sent four joint written submissions on vital human rights issues affecting the Palestinian people. The four interventions highlighted Israel’s ongoing dispossession of Palestinians, its systematic arbitrary arrests and detention campaigns on both sides of the Green Line, the failure to annually update the UN database of businesses operating in Israeli settlements, and Israel’s entrenchment of its settler-colonial and apartheid regime over the Palestinian people as a whole.

CIHRS, Al-Haq, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights (Al Mezan), and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) reiterated the importance of the annual update of the United Nations database of businesses involved in Israel’s settlement enterprise, as mandated by HRC 31/36, as a tool to ensure that corporations do not continue to benefit from a situation of prolonged occupation and injustice without potential accountability through the listing in the UN database. The organizations urged the OHCHR to implement all mandates entrusted to it in a non-selective manner, underlining that no other mandates entrusted to the OHCHR were indefinitely suspended due to budgetary constraints.

CIHRS, Al-Haq, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al Mezan, and PCHR focused on Israel’s latest large-scale campaign of systematic arbitrary arrest and detention of Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line as a continuation of a long-established policy used to intimidate and silence Palestinians. The organizations underscored that these arrest and intimidation campaigns are upheld by Israel’s apartheid judicial system, which systematically grants impunity to Israeli occupying forces, police, and settlers, while upholding indictments submitted against Palestinian detainees and disregarding evidence of physical assault against them.

CIHRS, Al Haq, Al Mezan, and PCHR highlighted the imminent threat of forcible transfer facing the Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah and Batn al-Hawa neighborhoods in Jerusalem as only one recent manifestation of Israel’s longstanding policies to displace and dispossess Palestinians as a tool to impose and entrench its apartheid regime. The organizations urged the HRC and its member states to pursue international justice and accountability for Israel’s widespread and systematic human rights violations, including the crime of apartheid, by supporting a full, thorough, and comprehensive investigation by the International Criminal Court into the Situation in Palestinian without any further delay and by activating universal jurisdiction mechanisms.

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