PLO Thanks UNHRC Member States for their Vote

RAMALLAH, March 26, 2013 (WAFA) – Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official and lawmaker Hanan Ashrawi Tuesday thanked the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) member states for their vote in support of resolutions on the Palestinian situation, according to a statement.

The UNHRC voted on March 19 nearly unanimously with the exception of the United States to adopt four texts regarding the situation in the occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem.

The texts warned that ongoing Israeli violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, particularly as regards the illegal settlement enterprise, constituted “a major obstacle to the establishment of a just and comprehensive peace and to the creation of an independent, viable, sovereign and democratic Palestinian State.”

They demanded that Israel respect international human rights and humanitarian law and comply with its legal obligations thereunder. They condemned “all acts of violence, including all acts of terror, provocation, incitement and destruction,” and called upon Israel to implement serious measures to prevent and punish acts of violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians and properties in the Occupied State, including East Jerusalem.

They also demanded that all parties concerned implement and ensure the implementation of the all of the recommendations found in the Report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission to Investigate the Implications of Israeli settlements on the Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

“On behalf of the Palestinian people and leadership, I would like to express great appreciation and gratitude to the Council Members who stood up for human rights, peace, and justice in the Occupied State of Palestine,” said Ashrawi. “We appreciate your support and value your courage to stand behind your convictions.”

Ashrawi stressed that “the United States once again demonstrated a total disregard for Palestinian rights and the requirements of peace,” and “willfully voted against the fundamental human rights of people and against the very core values upon which the United States claims to be founded.”

She said: “The United States, ostensibly a champion of ‘liberty and justice for all’, voted against freedom and democracy, and for racism, oppression and apartheid.  It voted against justice, and for impunity, in the face of the most egregious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.  It voted against peace.  There can be no justification for this double standard.”

Ashrawi added, “Rather than respecting human rights and the rule of law, the United States has chosen to politicize them, and to continue to isolate itself with its unwavering support for the illegal policies and practices of the Israeli occupation. It is therefore incumbent upon the international community to stand strong and united in upholding the rule of law and the established principles and values that govern the international system and individual states.”

Source: WAFA News