As part of its ongoing legal advocacy program and through its special consultative status with the United Nations, BADIL participated in the 33rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which took place between 13 and 30 September 2016. BADIL’s interventions included four oral statements and a side event about the excessive use of force by the Israeli military in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).
Oral Statements (videos)
- General Debate on Item 7: on 26 September 2016, BADIL submitted a comprehensive statement calling for Israel to end the targeting of human rights defenders, the practice of administrative detention, the withholding of the bodies of those who have been extra-judicially killed, and the use of excessive force to wound and intentionally disable Palestinians.
- General Debate on Item 7: on 26 September 2016, a joint statement was submitted with Al Mezan and Al-Haq, pushing states to hold Israel accountable for violations against human right defenders, associations and corporations which are unlawfully operating in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).
- General Debate on Item 9: on 26 September 2016, BADIL submitted a joint statement with the International Youth and Student Movement for the United Nations (ISMUN) to remind and to call on the council to elaborate more about Durban Declaration and the Program of Action.
- On 23 September 2016, BADIL and three partner Palestinian human rights organizations endorsed the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies’ oral statement about the right to BDS and the refusal of Israel to cooperate with all UN mechanisms.
Joint Side Event
On 22 September 2016, BADIL, Al Mezan and Al-Quds Human Rights Clinic held a well-attended joint side event about the excessive use of force by the Israeli military in the oPt especially in the refugee camps, the human rights situation in Gaza and the arbitrary detention of Palestinians. The event, which was attended by approximately 50 UN and non-governmental organization representatives, focused on the systematic Israeli policy of suppressing resistance through targeting and disabling Palestinian youth. BADIL has published a statement highlighting this policy on 23 ِAugust 2016 which has found significant resonance among many actors including online alternative media venues and UNRWA.