GENEVA, June 25, 2014 – (WAFA) – The UN Human Rights Council warned Tuesday about the repercussions of the Israeli vicious aggression against the Palestinian people and requested the Israeli government to halt it, said Palestinian Permanent Human Rights Council Envoy Ibrahim Khraishi in an interview with a local radio station.
The UN Human Rights Council held Tuesday a general debate on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories as part its 26th ordinary session in Geneva.
“States participating in the session urged the Israeli occupation government to comply by Article 1 of Geneva Conventions as well as Article 146 of the Fourth Geneva Convention” stated Khraishi and noted that Israel, the Occupying Power, is obliged to meet its legal obligations.
Article 146 of the Fourth Geneva Convention stipulates that “The High Contracting Parties undertake to enact any legislation necessary to provide effective penal sanctions for [parties] committing, or ordering to be committed, any of the grave breaches of the present Convention”.
“We will hold a meeting with the Foreign Ministry and other ministries to discuss acceding to international conventions”, added Khraishi and stressed that acceding to such conventions is not a reaction to the Israeli practices but an inherent right for Palestine; a step that comes as part of Palestinian efforts to reinforce state institutions and explore possibilities to support Palestine’s fair demands.
Khraishi concluded by requesting the Israeli occupation government to halt its racist practices against Palestinian prisoners and civilians.
According to a UN Human Rights Council’s press release issued online, Israel did not attend the debate on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.
“Speakers said in the general debate that the issue of Palestine was at the core of the Middle East issue and that without a long-term solution there would be no peace or stability in the region, nor any guarantee of the human rights of the Palestinian people. The events currently unfolding in Palestine were of deep concern and delegations called on Israel to immediately stop the unlawful raids and release over 350 Palestinians unlawfully arrested in those raids. Speakers were also concerned about the consolidation of the Israeli policy of illegal settlements which negatively affected the peace process and put the two-State solution in jeopardy.”
“Israel should dismantle settlements and put an end to the occupation. Several speakers said that the continued violations of rights of Palestinians by Israel in the full view of the international community confirmed the need for item 7 to remain on the agenda of the Human Rights Council. ”
It is worth mentioning that among the NGOs attendees were BADIL Resource for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights and Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights.