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UNHRC resolution demands Israel’s accountability over crimes


Geneva, 6 April 2024 (TDI): The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution demanding Israel’s accountability over the crimes in the Gaza Strip.

The resolution expressly called for adoption with regards to the possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against innocent civilians over the course of six months of Israeli aggression.

However, Israel dismissed the resolution declaring it as a “distorted text”.

The resolution obtained approvals, cheer and clap from twenty-eight countries which voted in favour while, thirteen states abstained from voting.

United States and Germany along with four other members opposed the resolution.

The text underscored “the need to ensure accountability for all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in order to end impunity”.

It further reiterated the “grave concern at reports of serious human rights violations and grave breaches of international humanitarian law, including of possible war crime and crimes against humanity in the Occupied Palestinian Territory”.

Palestinian Ambassador Ibrahim Khraishi welcomed the vote of the UN Human Rights Council.

Nevertheless, he deplored the situation where some European states, otherwise championing human rights, failed to back the resolution for the people of Palestine.

“There have been calls for accountability across the world, but that position changes when we’re talking about Israel,” he criticized those states.

Also Read: Palestine urges accountability for Israeli Officials’ crimes against Palestinians

The UN Human Rights Council later endorsed other resolutions, including the resolution declaring the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.

And, the other resolution which denounced Israel’s illegal settlements in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem as well as in the Golan Heights that was captured from Syria in 1967.

Altogether, the resolutions emphasized that illegal occupation of Palestinian lands seriously endangered the viability of an eventual Palestinian state alongside neighboring Israel.

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