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UN Human Rights Council considers arms embargo resolution


Paris, 4 April 2024 (TDI): Today, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) shared that it shall be considering a draft resolution on Friday calling for an arms embargo on Israel.

The draft resolution shall cite the “plausible risk of genocide in Gaza” as the reason for the embargo.

According to the reports, the text condemns “the use of explosive weapons with wide-area effects by Israel” in populated areas of Gaza.

Moreover, it demands that Israel must “uphold its legal responsibility to prevent genocide”.

In the same vein, it also emphasized that Israel must end its occupation of Palestinian territory and immediately lift its “illegal blockade” on the Gaza Strip.

The draft resolution of the Rights Council reiterates for an immediate ceasefire.

Moreover, it denounces “the use of starvation of civilians as a method of warfare” as well as “Israeli actions that may amount to ethnic cleansing”.

It “reaffirms that criticism of violations of international law by Israel should not be conflated with anti-Semitism”.

The draft resolution also calls upon other countries to stop the sale or transfer of arms, munitions, and other military equipment to Israel.

Lastly, amongst other things, the draft demands that states must ensure that the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) receives sufficient funding.

And, Israel must stop its expansion through illegal settlements in Palestinian territories.

Also Read: Palestine calls for international support to stop Israeli genocide

Pakistan leads draft resolution

The draft resolution has been brought forward to the Rights Council forum by Pakistan on behalf of 55 out of the 56 UN member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Albania is the only OIC country that abstained from becoming part of the draft resolution.

Furthermore, the text of the resolution has been co-sponsored by Bolivia, Cuba, and the Palestinian mission in Geneva.

Despite this, Israel has long accused the Human Rights Council of being biased against it.

Noteworthy, once adopted this UN Human Rights Council resolution shall mark the position of the Council for the first time over Israel’s blatant war in Gaza.


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