ICJ addresses Human Rights Council concerning arbitrary detention and illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

The ICJ today called on the Human Rights Council to support the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).

In a general debate under Item 7 (human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories), the ICJ called for the immediate charging with precise criminal offences, or unconditional release, of Palestinians arbitrarily detained in Israel and the OPT. It characterised the construction, expansion and encouragement of settlements in the OPT as a de facto annexation of Palestinian land and an illegal exploitation of its natural resources. The ICJ also called for meaningful action to hold to account the perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses in the context of activities of business enterprises.

The statement was delivered during the Human Rights Council’s 23rd regular session (27 May to 14 June 2013).

Israel-OPT-HRC23-Item7GD-LegalSubmission-2013 (download full oral statement in PDF)

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