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Civil society urges the Human Rights Council to establish an independent fact-finding mission into Israel’s apartheid regime


46th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Item 7 – Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories

Joint Oral Intervention

Speaker: Ms. Shahd Qaddoura, Al-Haq, Law in the Service of Man


Thank you, Madam President,


Rooted in the institutionalised oppression, displacement, and dispossession of the Palestinian people since the start of the ongoing Nakba in 1948, Palestinians continue to experience an ongoing reality of Israeli settler-colonialism and apartheid.


Just last month, the Israeli occupying forces raided Khirbet Humsa al-Fawqa, a Palestinian community located in what Israel has declared as a ‘firing zone’ area, five times. Khirbet Humsa al-Fawqa was previously targeted in November 2020, when the Israeli occupying authorities conducted what was described as “the largest forced displacement incident in over four years,” leaving 72 Palestinians, including 38 children, homeless amidst a global pandemic.


Madam President,


It is high time that the international community recognises the root causes of the prolonged denial of Palestinian rights inherent in Israeli settler-colonialism and apartheid. 


We therefore call on the Human Rights Council to establish an independent Human Rights Council fact-finding mission into Israel’s apartheid regime and associated obligations of states, international organizations and business enterprises.


Third States must take effective steps to ensure justice for Palestinian victims of Israel’s crimes, and fully cooperate with the ICC, ensuring the arrest and transfer to the Hague of persons suspected of international crimes.


The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights must ensure the annual update of the UN database on business enterprises involved in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise, and include JCB, CAT and Volvo bulldozers used to demolish Khirbet Humsa al-Fawqa.


As of time of writing, these calls are supported in a public petition of some 1,500 signatures from all over the world to #SaveHumsa, and a joint public statement of over 100 Palestinian, regional and international organisations.


Thank you.


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  • Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
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  • Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
  • Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies
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