Joint Open Letter to the UN Secretary-General and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: “Urgent Call for Action Ahead of the One-Year Commemoration of the “Great Return March” Protests in the Gaza Strip” (27 March 2019), signed by 20 Palestinian, regional, and international organisations.
JOINT OPEN LETTER TO THE UNITED NATIONS
To the attention of:
Mr António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General
United Nations Headquarters, 405 East 42nd Street,
New York, NY, 10017, USA
Ms Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
OHCHR, Palais Wilson,
52 Rue des Pâquis,
CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland
Re: Urgent Call for Action Ahead of the One-Year Commemoration of the “Great Return March” Protests in the Gaza Strip
It is with grave concern that we direct this open letter to you on behalf of 19 Palestinian, regional, and international human rights organisations, civil society coalitions, and networks. In the coming days, Palestinians will mark one year since the start of the “Great Return March” protests, which began on 30 March 2018 in the occupied Gaza Strip. Palestinians will mark the culmination of one year of protests, which have called for an end to Israel’s 11-year closure of the Gaza Strip, which amounts to unlawful collective punishment and has made Gaza virtually uninhabitable, as the United Nations (UN) has repeatedly warned.1 At the same time, Palestinians have been calling for an end to Israel’s prolonged occupation of the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) at large, and for the realisation of the inalienable right of Palestinian refugees, who make up a majority of the Gaza Strip’s population, to return to their homes and property, as mandated by international law...