Qatar has underlined that the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory and the occupied Arab territories, in light of the ongoing Israeli violations, require urgent efforts to reach a radical settlement for the Palestinian issue.
This came in a statement delivered by Reem Yousuf al-Harami, member of Qatar’s delegation participating in the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, before the Fourth Committee of the General Assembly on item 55 entitled ‘Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting Human Rights Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories’ at the UN headquarters in New York.
She said “the reports before us under this item, like many other reports issued by the various United Nations bodies and international and human rights organisations, reflect a regrettable reality of violations of the rights guaranteed under international law to the brotherly Palestinian people and other Arab inhabitants of the occupied territories.”
The report of the Special Committee reviewed the expansion of settlements and the excessive use of force, particularly in the context of the demonstrations on the Gaza fence, the use of administrative detention, the detention of children, the obstruction of the work of human rights defenders, in addition to exposure of Palestinian resources to the exploitation of illegal in violation of Palestinian sovereignty.
On the report of the Secretary-General on Israeli settlements, she emphasised that the establishment and expansion of settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, was prohibited under international law and had extremely adverse effects on the human rights of the Palestinians, as well as violations involving settler violence and the exclusive subordination of Palestinians to a restrictive system of planning, building permits and forced transfer, seizure of property and restriction of access to public services.
With regard to the report of the Secretary-General on Israeli practices, which focused in particular on the situation in Gaza, in view of the tragic humanitarian situation facing the Gaza Strip, including the continued closure of crossings and violations of international humanitarian law, international human rights law and the escalation of violence, the situation for more than ten years has a cumulative effect that undermines the ability of the Palestinian population to enjoy their human rights, she said. QNA
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