Item 72 (b) of the provisional agenda*
Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives
The present report provides a brief overview of the most pressing human rights concerns in the Occupied Palestinian Territory at the time of submission, as identified by the Rapporteur in conversations and meetings with civil society. The report then presents a detailed analysis of accountability, impunity and the responsibility of the international Community to bring an end to the occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territory and other Israeli practices amounting to violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.
The Special Rapporteur would like to once again highlight that despite his requests, he has not yet been granted access to the Occupied Palestinian Territory by Israel. The Special Rapporteur most recently requested access to the Occupied Palestinian Territory on 20 May, 2019. As of the writing of this report, no reply had been received. The Special Rapporteur emphasizes once again his view that an open dialogue among all parties is essential for the protection and promotion of human rights, and reminds Israel that he is ready and willing to engage. Israel’s pattern of non-cooperation with the mandate is a serious concern. A full and comprehensive understanding of the situation based on first-hand access would be extremely beneficial to the work of a Special Rapporteur.
The report is based primarily on written submissions as well as consultations with civil society representatives, victims, witnesses, Palestinian government officials, and United Nations representatives held in Amman, Jordan during the Special Rapporteur’s annual mission to the region in July 2019. The Special Rapporteur would like to note that several groups were unable to travel to Amman to meet with him due to travel restrictions imposed by the Israeli authorities. All individuals and organizations based in Gaza were consulted by video-conference as a result.
In the present report, the Special Rapporteur focuses on third parties’ obligations under international human rights law and international humanitarian law, as set out in the mandate. The Special Rapporteur calls upon all actors to ensure respect for international human rights law and international humanitarian law, noting that violations of these bodies of law by any actor are deplorable and will only hinder the prospects for peace.
The Special Rapporteur wishes to express his appreciation for the full cooperation with his mandate extended by the Government of the State of Palestine. The Special Rapporteur wishes to extend his thanks to all those who travelled to Amman to meet with him, and to those who were unable to travel but made written or oral submissions. The Rapporteur further extends his thanks once again to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for its support and for the opportunity to hold meetings in Amman.
The Special Rapporteur emphasizes again his support for the vital work being done by Palestinian, Israeli, and international human rights organizations. This work is indispensable not only to the Rapporteur as he seeks to fulfil his mandate, but to the broader international community. The Rapporteur recalls that these organizations often face significant obstacles in carrying out their work, and the notes that these obstacles have only increased and intensified in the last year. The Rapporteur calls upon the international community to safeguard the rights of human rights organizations, and scrutinize and oppose any attempts to delegitimize or discredit the work of these organizations.