Foreign Ministry Condemns Denying Entry of Human Rights UN Rapporteur by Israel

RAMALLAH, June 9, 2015 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Foreign Ministry, in a press statement Tuesday, condemned Israel decision to deny the United Nations Rapporteur on human rights, Makarim Wibisono, entry into the occupied Palestinian Territories (oPT).

Describing it as a continuation of the numerous Israeli violations against the Palestinian people, the ministry said this decision is an attempt to hide the truth behind all crimes committed in the oPT, including Jerusalem.

The ministry affirmed the importance of UN Rapporteurs’ in revealing human rights violations, adding that it has sent an open invitation to all special UN Rapporteurs to act within their jurisdiction and follow up on the humanitarian situation in the oPT.

It further stressed the need for Israel to adhere to the resolutions of international law; and to allow the UN Rapporteur, and other UN missions to enter the oPT to follow up on the situation on the ground.

Calling on the international community to pressure Israel to implement the resolutions of the United Nations, the ministry said the pressure must include an immediate halt of all violations while acknowledging the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, and the need to hold Israel accountable for its crimes.

The ministry considered the absence of accountability over Israel’s policies and violations as an encouragement to break the international law.

In November, Israel banned the International Independent Commission of Inquiry established by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate the offensive launched by Israeli forces on the Gaza Strip, said the Middle East Monitor.

It reported on the Palestinian human rights organizations as saying in a statement that banning the UN official deprives Palestinian women from having their voices heard regarding the violence they suffer.