13 October 2014
BADIL participated in the 27th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which took place between 8 and 26 September. BADIL’s interventions included two oral statements and two written statements. Moreover, BADIL attended two side events on Gaza, two joint side events, and chaired two side events.
Oral Statements (videos):
General Debate On Item 3: Presentation of Report of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development and the thematic reports of the Secretary-General and High Commissioner for Human Rights (16 September 2014), watch the video here (item number 37):
General Debate On Item 7: Human Rights situation in Palestine and other Occupied Arab territories (23 September 2014), watch the video here (item number 20):
Joint Side Events:
“Palestine - Justice at the ICC to hold Israel to account” (19 September 2014):
BADIL and a number of international and Palestinian organizations such as Al-Haq, Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peuples (MRAP), Action against Hunger and The Emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene group (EWASH), held a joint side event attended by approximately 70 UN and non-governmental organization representatives. The discussion focused on the necessary measures to be taken by the Palestinian Authority in order to become a signatory to the Rome Statue.
“Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory-special focus on Gaza” (22 September 2014):
The recent disproportionate Israeli military war on Gaza demonstrated a clear disregard for international humanitarian and human rights law. Many states called for an end to the occupation and the blockade of Gaza. A number of states reinforced the importance of UN resolutions, specifically S21-1, highlighting the urgency of the Commission of Inquiry and re-convening of the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention.
As a Palestinian human rights organization with special consultative status through the Economic and Social Council since 2006, BADIL’s participation in the United Nations Human Rights Council aims to advance its Legal Advocacy Action Plan - Advancing a Rights-based Solution. For more information about our legal advocacy, check our website http://www.badil.org