Rights Groups Urge EU to Adopt Consistent Approach toward Palestinian Human Rights

A UN Human Rights Council Session. (Photo: Palestine Chronicle)

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), along with partners in Europe and Palestine, including Al-Haq, wrote to key European Union (EU) institutions and Member States and the United Kingdom (UK), urging them to uphold the rule of international law and human rights for the Palestinian people at the current UN Human Rights Council session, according to a press release by al-Haq.

The letters noted the EU’s priorities in the UN Human Rights Fora in 2022, namely its commitment to respect, protect and fulfill human rights and the rule of law “consistently and coherently in all areas of its external actions”, as well as the UK’s commitment to defend the rights and freedoms of the most oppressed and vulnerable around the world.

The letters called on the states to reaffirm their longstanding commitment to international law and human rights standards by voting in favor of the three resolutions under agenda items 2 and 7 pertaining to accountability, human rights, illegal Israeli settlements, and the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people.

CIHRS and partners urged the states to recognize and condemn the reality of Israel’s apartheid against the Palestinian people and all associated violations and to acknowledge, welcome and engage with the content of the final upcoming report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories during the session, which will examine the crime of apartheid.

Given Israel’s unsubstantiated designation of six prominent Palestinian human rights and humanitarian organizations as “terrorist” and “unlawful”, CIHRS and partners also urged states to call on Israel to immediately revoke the designation of these designations as “terrorist” and to ensure the continuity and protection of Palestinian civil society and human rights defenders.

Furthermore, the communications urged states to call on Israel to immediately stop its annexation of Palestinian land and the expansion of its illegal settlement enterprise in occupied territory, cease the forcible transfer and displacement of protected persons, and end its policy of administrative detention and release all Palestinian political prisoners.

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