Palestine…the right to self determination: a guaranteed right, not a shameful request

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The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) harshly criticized the double standards that Characterized the ways in which the US and other countries treat Palestine in the international arena, considering the recognition of the state of Palestine essential in order to achieve a comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict following the failure of a 13 year-long negotiation process which have done little to get Palestinians closer to achieving their right to self determination. CIHRS further stated that negotiations have failed to realize peace not only to Palestinians, but rather to the entire region as a whole.

Such statements came as part of an oral intervention that was delivered by CIHRS in front of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva under agenda item 7 concerning the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories. CIHRS further stressed that the Council’s discussions and their outcomes, whether through formations of fact finding missions, amongst which is the Fact Finding Mission on Gaza, reports, or resolutions “have fallen on deaf ears” with the US and other Western countries determined to take away a non-derogable right for the Palestinians.


CIHRS called on all member states in the Human Rights Council and the UN to respect Palestinians’ right to self determination, a right that is enshrined in the first Article of the UN Charter, the first Article of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the first Article on the International Covenant on Social, Economic, and Cultural Rights, stressing that all General Assembly and Security Council resolutions that confirm such right be supported.


Today, Tuesday 27 October 2011, CIHRS in cooperation with Al Haq (Ramallah) will hold a side event on the situation in Palestine and the right to self determination during the proceedings of the 18th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.


To watch CIHRS oral intervention to the 18th session of the UN Human Rights Council:

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