UN / PALESTINE HUMAN RIGHTS

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The Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, Michael Lynk, said the “12-year-old Israeli air, sea and land blockade of Gaza” constitutes a “human-made catastrophe” that “should be near the top of the world’s agenda to end.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 23 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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23 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied Since 1967:
“This would properly be labelled a tragedy if I was reporting to you about a natural catastrophe and the ensuing scale of human suffering. But I’m not. I am instead speaking to you about a human-made catastrophe – the 12-year-old Israeli air, sea and land blockade of Gaza – and this is not a tragedy but an injustice that should be near the top of the world’s agenda to end.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied Since 1967:
“Since March 2018, over 200 Palestinians – largely unarmed – have been killed by sniper fire, and more than 33,000 wounded. The Commission of Inquiry, which reported to the Human Rights Council this past March, found that virtually all of the demonstrators killed by Israeli soldiers were shot in violation of their right to life, and in breach of the principle of distinction under international humanitarian law. Yet, Israel has demonstrated virtually no accountability to address these actions, despite calls by the international community, by the 2019 Commission of Inquiry and by civil society for independent and transparent investigations by Israel into these serious human rights violations.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied Since 1967:
“The Government of Israel has continued with its unwavering stance of non-cooperation with the mandate of the Special Rapporteur. As I have mention during my three previous presentations from this dais, the Government of Israel has refused to grant entry for me to visit the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied Since 1967:
“Israel has remained profoundly resistant to international direction. Israel has rightly assessed that the international community – particularly the Western industrial nations – has lacked the political will to end to its impunity. As a result, it has rarely faced meaningful consequences for its truculent behaviour.”
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11. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied Since 1967:
“The international community must go beyond criticism to actually enforcing consequences for its continuation. This occupation will not die of old age. This occupation will only end with a decisive intervention by the international community to fulfil its own legal obligations to bring the violations of humanitarian and human rights law to an end.”
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STORYLINE:

The Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, Michael Lynk, today (23 Oct) said the “12-year-old Israeli air, sea and land blockade of Gaza” constitutes a “human-made catastrophe” that “should be near the top of the world’s agenda to end.”

Lynk, who was presenting his report to the General Assembly’s Third Committee, which deals with human rights issues, said the situation in the occupied territories “would properly be labelled a tragedy if I was reporting to you about a natural catastrophe and the ensuing scale of human suffering.”

Since March 2018, Lynk said, “over 200 Palestinians – largely unarmed – have been killed by sniper fire, and more than 33,000 wounded.”

The Special Rapporteur said, “virtually all of the demonstrators killed by Israeli soldiers were shot in violation of their right to life, and in breach of the principle of distinction under international humanitarian law,” yet, Israel “has demonstrated virtually no accountability to address these actions.”

He said, “the Government of Israel has continued with its unwavering stance of non-cooperation with the mandate of the Special Rapporteur” and “has refused to grant entry for me to visit the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel.”

Stressing that “Israel has remained profoundly resistant to international direction,” Lynk said, “the international community – particularly the Western industrial nations – has lacked the political will to end to its impunity” and as a result, Israel “has rarely faced meaningful consequences for its truculent behaviour.”

The Special Rapporteur called on the international community to “go beyond criticism to actually enforcing consequences.” He said, “this occupation will not die of old age. This occupation will only end with a decisive intervention by the international community to fulfil its own legal obligations to bring the violations of humanitarian and human rights law to an end.”

Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes, making annual presentations to the Committee.
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