Saudi Arabia, UAE reaffirm their resolve to defeat forces of evil Crown Prince holds phone talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince    Economy achieves highest growth rate in the G20 zone, reports IHS Markit    F-15 destroys two ballistic missile in Sanaa Hostile activities of Houthis threatens regional and international security: Al-Maliki    India's economic reforms and welfare programs empowering the poor    UN starts development projects in aid to Lebanese, Syrian refugees    Seoul: N. Korea fires two apparent ballistic missiles    Global leading businesses demonstrate innovative clean energy technologies in WFES    Saudi Arabia, US discuss efforts to enhance security in Africa    No VAT for used vehicles during sale by person not registered in the system    90 selected for Misk second batch of "2030 Leaders"    'UMA Premium' dazzles with new models at Autoville    Lewandowski crowned best FIFA men's player 2021    RITA launches Apprenticeship Programs of Sadu weaving and mud construction    Riyadh Emir attends closing ceremony of Saudi Arabian Horse Festival    SFDA: Fat is a Source of Energy and Its Abundance is Linked to Chronic Diseases    Jabal Al-Lawz in Saudi Arabia's Tabuk Region Blanketed with Snow    Holy Quran Exhibition Continues Activities in Riyadh    KSrelief Distributes More than 31 Tons of Food and Shelter Aid in Kabul, Afghanistan    UAE Announces 2,989 New COVID-19 Cases, 4 Deaths in Last 24 Hours    BBC's Indian Sportswoman of the Year contest returns    Abu Dhabi Police Confirms Explosion of 3 Petroleum Tankers in Mussafah, Minor Fire in New Construction Area of Abu Dhabi Int'l Airport    Djokovic three-year visa ban could end early, says Australian PM    SCAI Begins Operations in Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies    Ministry of Health Reports 5,505 New COVID-19 Cases, 4,349 Recoveries in Saudi Arabia    OIC Secretary General Receives African Countries' Consuls General Accredited to Jeddah    Asian Shares Mixed    Real Madrid defeats Bilbao, wins the Supercopa title    Kuwaiti completes 7 volcanic summits challenge with Antarctica's Mount Sidley    Ministry of Sports announces details of AlUla-hosted 2nd edition of Saudi Tour 2022    Two Saudi Players Participate for First Time in Winter Games    National eLearning Center to Organize International Conference on "eLearning for Human Capability Development"    Saudi female engineer wins international award for inventing a chip that detects cancer    SFDA Organizes "Coaching Day" Event to Support Leadership Development    Secretaries General of Local and Regional Federations in Asia Concludes Conference    SAMF President Highly Commends Saudi Arabia Dakar Rally 2022    Saudi Arabia's Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai Celebrates "Year of Saudi Coffee 2022"    Makkah Governor Patronizes Closing Ceremony of Saudi Arabia Dakar Rally 2022    Reflections on celebration of Christmas    Royal Commission for AlUla to Hold Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Endurance Cup 2022, Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo    Saudi Arabia's Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai Organizes a Dance Theatrical Show for Children    Saudi Arabia rebuffs UN resolution on 'sexual orientation'    Kabir Khan eyes on joint Indian – Saudi film projects    Saudi Film Commission Announces Incentives for Local and International Producers    Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to dazzle Riyadh Season on Dec. 10    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Bachelet describes 'disastrous' human rights situation across Occupied Palestinian Territory
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 08 - 12 - 2021

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said on Tuesday that the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory has become "disastrous", with severe infringements occurring affecting some four million people.
"This clearly also has damaging impact on prospects for peace and sustainable development for Israel, as well as the surrounding region", she argued.
Bachelet was briefing the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in Geneva.
She argued that "no matter how long the road has been, 'never-ending' cannot be an acceptable description for any situation in which human rights are violated and abused."
"Only an end to the occupation can bring about lasting peace and establish the conditions in which the human rights of all can be fully respected", she added.
In May of this year, there was the most significant escalation in hostilities since 2014, resulting in the killing of 261 Palestinians including 67 children. The High Commissioner Office (OHCHR) determined that 130 of those killed were civilians.
At the time, the Human Rights Council decided to establish an independent, international commission of inquiry. Its first report should be presented in June of next year.
For Bachelet, the people of Gaza also continue to suffer from a 15-year land, sea and air blockade implemented by Israel, with vital infrastructure crumbling and a decaying sewer system.
"Severe movement restrictions and obstructions to people's access to essential goods and services, including specialized healthcare, generate immense suffering", she said.
She also noted that reconstruction and recovery efforts are ongoing, the fragile cessation of hostilities continues to hold, and some goods have been gradually allowed to enter Gaza.
Humanitarian conditions, however, "remain deeply concerning."
On 19 October, Israel designated six Palestinian civil society organizations as "terrorist organizations" under Israel's Counter-Terrorism Law of 2016.
On 7 November, they were also declared unlawful in the occupied territory under the Emergency (Defence) Regulations of 1945.
According to Bachelet, these decisions "appear to have been based on vague or unsubstantiated reasons, including claims related to legitimate and entirely peaceful human rights activities."
All six organizations have worked with the international community, including the UN, for decades.
For the High Commissioner, claims of links to terrorism are "extremely serious", but "without adequate substantive evidence, these decisions appear arbitrary, and further erode the civic and humanitarian space in the occupied Palestinian territory."
"They can therefore legitimately be viewed as an attack on human rights defenders, on the rights to freedoms of association, opinion and expression, and on the right to public participation", she argued.
Since June 2021, OHCHR has also documented cases of assaults of journalists and human rights defenders, as well as intimidation, gender-based violence and harassment, excessive use of force, arbitrary arrests and censorship.
Killings and injuries
Bachelet told the Committee that her concerns "continue to deepen about the numerous killings and injuries" of Palestinians by Israeli forces, as well as, increasingly, by armed settlers.
She is particularly alarmed at recurring incidents of excessive use of force leading to the death and injury of Palestinian children. This year, Israeli forces have killed 16 children in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
Calling for investigations and accountability, she noted that "the chronic impunity" has been repeatedly raised in reports by the Secretary-General and herself.
She said that settler-related violence against Palestinians, stood now at "alarmingly high levels".
In the past year, there have been 490 incidents resulting in deaths, injury and/or significant property damage, the highest incidence of settler violence ever recorded by the United Nations. Currently, it represents an average of almost one incident of settler violence each day.
For the High Commissioner, children continued to suffer disproportionate impact from the recurring cycles of military escalation and associated deprivation.
Reports by UN partners indicate that 75 percent of all children in Gaza are in need of mental health and psycho-social support, as well as other services.
Currently, 160 Palestinian children are detained by Israel, some of them without charge, under administrative detention regulations.
Under international law, administrative detention is permitted only in exceptional circumstances. For Bachelet, "this is not the case in the Occupied Palestinian Territory today."
She concluded saying that her Office (OHCHR) also continues to receive "disturbing" reports of the ill-treatment of children during their arrest, transfer, interrogation and detention by Israeli authorities. — UN News

Clic here to read the story from its source.