(10 October 2017) BADIL’s Engagement in the 36th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

PR/EN/101017/51

BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights participated in the 36th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which took place between 11- 29 September 2017 in Geneva.

During the session, BADIL submitted three oral statements. The first oral statement addressed the responsibility of the international community to bring to an end to the unlawful Israeli policies through concrete actions and measures.  The second oral statement, was delivered jointly with Addameer, which underscored the Israeli policy of arbitrary detention. The third statement focused on the denial of family unification, separation of Palestinian family members both inside the green line and in the oPt and the obligations of the international community to ensure Israel complies with the right to family and other human rights without discrimination.

In addition to the oral statements, BADIL submitted a written statement that emphasized current Israeli practices and policies in the oPt, which de facto constitute colonization. The statement highlighted elements of de facto annexation, such as the Separation and Annexation Wall, along with policies of forcible transfer which deny Palestinians their right to self-determination. Moreover, the statement called on third party states and to the UN to uphold their obligations and impose sanctions on Israel until they comply with international law.

On 26 September 2017, BADIL organized a side event titled "Lack of Accountability and Responsibility of the International Community”. This event, which was attended by representatives from a number of NGOs, the UN, and state representatives, highlighted Israeli policies of forcible transfer in addition to shedding light on the issues of administrative detention and denial of natural resources. Furthermore, BADIL participated in three different side events, the first event which was shared with Tibetan representative focused on the denial of access to natural resources, specifically water. The second side event was about the right to self-determination, and finally, the third side event was about occupation, freedom of expression, and decolonization.

Throughout the session, BADIL held several meetings with various official and non-official representatives in order to brief them on the current human rights situation in the oPt, and to discuss potential plans and actions to prevent further violations of human rights in occupied Palestinian territory.