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UN rapporteur calls for int’l ban on products of Israeli settlements

The UN expert on human rights in the Palestinian territories on Wednesday called for an international ban on all products made in Israeli settlements, as an important step towards ending Israel’s 52-year-old “illegal occupation” of the West Bank. Michael Lynk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, told the General Assembly’s …


Rights groups say continued delay of UN database on settlements unfounded and unacceptable

Nine human rights organizations expressed in a joint statement their serious concern and disappointment that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights did not transmit to the Human Rights Council, at its 42nd session, the database of all businesses engaged in listed activities related to Israel’s unlawful settlement enterprise (the Database) in the Occupied …


Matjila: UN did not implement any of its resolutions on Palestine

South Africa’s ambassador to the UN Jerry Matjila has criticized the UN for not implementing any of its 72 resolutions which it has adopted on Palestine since 1948. Matjila, president of the Security Council for the month of October, made his remarks to al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper about the international community’s failure to help the Palestinian …


UN chief denounces Netanyahu’s West Bank annexation plan

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed concern on Wednesday about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank if re-elected, saying it would be illegal and gut prospects for regional peace. “Such steps, if implemented, would constitute a serious violation of international law,” he said in a statement. “They …


Ashrawi: UN failure to call out Israeli crimes against Palestinian children is inexcusable

For the fourth year in a row, and despite the urging of several leading human rights organizations and experts, including United Nations Special Rapporteurs, the United Nations has failed again to include Israel in its annual blacklist of armed forces that commit atrocities against youth, today said Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of …


Mladenov: UN remains fully committed to working with Palestinians

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, welcomed the formation of a new Palestinian government and said he looks forward to working closely with it, on Saturday evening. Mladenov said in a statement, “I congratulate Prime Minister Muhammad Ishtayeh on the formation of a new Palestinian government and look …


Nigeria, SA, Senegal vote for arms embargo against Israel

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) on Friday voted 23-8 for an arms embargo against Israel and the prosecution of Israeli military officials for war crimes due to Israel’s deliberate targeting of unarmed children, journalists and disabled people during recent protests in the Gaza Strip. Sub-Saharan African nations are among the biggest supporters …


Bachelet slams Israel’s practices in Gaza, occupied territory

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has expressed her dismay and regret at Israel’s “immediate dismissal” of a recent UN report about its security forces killing protesters in Gaza “without addressing any of the very serious issues raised.” Addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday, Bachelet condemned Israel for its blockade of …

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