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BADIL submits its report in response to Israel’s fifth periodic report to the UN Human Rights Committee.
BADIL submits its report in response to Israel’s fifth periodic report to the UN Human Rights Committee.

On 31 January 2022, BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights submitted its report in response to Israel’s fifth periodic report to the Committee to the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC), detailing Israel’s violations and failed implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

 

The report drew the attention of the HRC to Israel’s non-compliance with a number of articles in the ICCPR. Namely, Israel’s systematic denial of the Palestinians’ right to self-determination as enshrined in Article 1 as well as Israel’s discriminatory nationality and residency laws, policies and practices violating Article 2 of the ICCPR which prohibits discrimination, including racial discrimination.

 

The report highlighted the core issues that were not satisfactorily addressed by Israel’s Fifth Periodic Report, namely: the applicability of the ICCPR in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt); the discriminatory nature of Israel’s Nation State Law which constitutes part of a larger discriminatory legal system that denies the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination, and Israel’s apartheid pillars that cause the forcible transfer of Palestinians.

 

The report concluded that Israel is failing to respect the Palestinian right to self-determination by denying them the possibility to govern themselves: a violation taking place under a regime of colonialism and apartheid with a central policy of forced population transfer.

 

Badil called on the Human Rights Committee to:

  • Conclude that Israel has failed and is unwilling to respect and/or implement its human rights obligations under the ICCPR in relation to the Palestinian population in the oPt, Palestinians with Israeli citizenship and Palestine refugees and internally displaced persons.
  • Take all necessary measures to fulfil its obligations to protect the Palestinian population and to bring Israel into compliance.
  • Insist that UN bodies, agencies and mechanisms are required to act immediately in order to:
  1. Ensure the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination;
  2. End of the Israeli prolonged occupation, which amounts to colonization;
  3. Criminalize Israel’s institutionalized system of discrimination, which amounts to apartheid, including Israel’s breach of the principles of equality and non-discrimination, as well as its citizenship/ nationality, re-entry and land policies and laws.