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UAE calls for implementing UN recommendations on the Gaza conflict

posted on 27/09/2012: 1574 views



Geneva: United Arab Emirates, speaking on behalf of the Arab Group, called on all parties concerned to immediately implement the recommendations contained in the United Nations Secretary-General's report on the Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza conflict.

Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva, told the UN Human Rights Council, that Israel persisted with the occupation and the violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, and in particular the Fourth Geneva Convention.

'The Palestinian people could not accept perpetual occupation and it was high time for the international community to implement the provisions of the international law. Negotiations were indispensable to achieve this goal,' he said in his address at the Council's general debate on situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab Territories.

The Human Rights Council heard a presentation of the report of the United Nations Secretary-General on the progress made in the implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict and then started its general debate on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.

Presenting the report of the United Nations Secretary-General, Kyung-wha Kang, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, highlighted the need to more earnestly pursue accountability for serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law that were documented by the Fact-Finding Mission. Nearly three years since the endorsement of the Mission's recommendations by the Human Rights Council, not one person had been indicted for any of the incidents that had been documented. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights field office continued to document violence perpetrated by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their property, including destroying Palestinians' olive trees and other productive assets, and stressed the need to bring perpetrators to justice.

Palestine, speaking as a concerned country, said that the report showed clearly the measures that remained to be made by all parties involved, namely the concerned States, the international community, and regional and international organisations. Palestine would follow up on the recommendations and ensure that they became a reality on the ground. The occupation was the main cause of the suffering of the Palestine people. Palestine reiterated that international law and in particular the Fourth Geneva Convention must apply in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and in East Jerusalem.

Also speaking as a concerned country, Syria said that despite the fact that the occupation constituted the worst violation of human rights, many had forgotten the suffering of Arabs under occupation. Israel continued to commit grave violations of human rights, ignored its responsibilities with regards to torture, inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners, and continued to deprive the inhabitants from the right to justice, access to courts and redress.

In the general debate, numerous delegates called for the implementation of the recommendations contained in the United Nations Secretary-General's report on the Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict and deplored Israel's violation of standards and principles of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in the occupied Palestinian territories and the occupied Syrian Golan. The on-going conflict and the occupation represented a failure of the international community to bring about the change that the Palestinian people deserved, said speakers and expressed concern about the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza; unless urgent action was taken, Gaza would no longer be liveable in 2020. Israel should put an end to impunity for settler violence, lift the blockade of Gaza and release Palestinian prisoners, while the international community should take all necessary steps to ensure the resumption of negotiations towards a lasting peace and the absolute respect for human rights. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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