Mandate and Objectives2021-04-14T13:35:34-04:00

Mandate and Objectives of the United Nations Committee on the Exercise
of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People

8 January 1985 - Zehdi Labib Terzi (second from left), Permanent Observer of the Palestine Liberation Organization, addressing Committee first 1985 Meeting. UN Photo

The question of Palestine was first officially brought before the General Assembly in April 1947, upon a request by the United Kingdom following the termination of its League of Nations’ Mandate over Palestine. The Assembly decided to partition Palestine into two States, one Arab and one Jewish, with a special international régime for Jerusalem (resolution 181 (II) of 29 November 1947). Although the independence of the State of Israel was declared on 14 May 1948, the Arab State did not come into being as several wars were fought in the area and the Palestine problem continued to be discussed at the United Nations as part of the larger Middle East conflict or in its refugee or human rights aspects.

It was only in 1974, as a result of the June 1967 war and the continuing military occupation by Israel of the remainder of Mandate Palestine, that the question of Palestine was reintroduced in the Assembly’s agenda as a national question and the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people were reaffirmed and specified in resolution 3236 (XXIX) of 22 November 1974, as the right to self-determination without external interference; the right to national independence and sovereignty; and the right of Palestinians to return to their homes and property, from which they had been displaced and uprooted.

In its resolution 3376 (XXX) of 10 November 1975, the General Assembly decided to establish the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and requested it to recommend to the Assembly a programme of implementation to enable the Palestinian people to exercise its rights.

In its first report submitted to the Security Council in June 1976, the Committee proposed a two-phase plan for the return of Palestinians to their homes and property; a timetable for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the occupied territories by 1 June 1977, with the provision, if necessary, of temporary peacekeeping forces to facilitate the process; an end to the establishment of settlements; recognition by Israel of the applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention to the occupied territories pending withdrawal; and endorsement of the inherent right of Palestinians to self-determination, national independence and sovereignty in Palestine.

The Committee’s recommendations were not adopted by the Security Council, due to the negative vote of a permanent member, and have not been implemented. They were, however, endorsed by an overwhelming majority in the General Assembly, to which the Committee reports annually. The Assembly reaffirmed that a just and lasting peace in the Middle East could not be established without the attainment of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. The Assembly also requested the Committee to keep the situation relating to the question of Palestine under review and to report and make suggestions to the General Assembly or the Security Council, as appropriate, and to promote the greatest possible dissemination of information on its recommendations.

The Committee is the only body within the United Nations exclusively devoted to the question of Palestine. Its mandate has been annually renewed by the General Assembly, most recently in resolution /75/20 of 8 December 2020.

Date Title Symbol
11-Aug-2022 NGO Action News – 11 August 2022
Sources:

ADALAH - Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, Al-Haq, Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, Breaking the Silence, Churches for Middle East Peace, Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR), Gisha - Legal Centre for Freedom Movement (NGO), Ir Amin (NGO), Jerusalem Fund, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Peace Now, Secretary-General, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO)

Type

NGO Action News

08-Aug-2022 Welcoming Ceasefire in Gaza, Palestinian Rights Committee Bureau Calls for Immediate Implementation of Two-State Solution – Statement (GA/PAL/1445)
Sources:

Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR)

Type

Press Release, Statement

04-Aug-2022 NGO Action News – 04 August 2022
Sources:

7amleh (NGO), Addameer Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Shabaka, Association France Palestine Solidarite, Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, Breaking the Silence, Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR), European Union (EU), Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP), Friends of Sabeel-North America (FOSNA), Gisha - Legal Centre for Freedom Movement (NGO), Jerusalem Fund, Palestinian Return Centre Ltd., United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO), World Health Organization (WHO)

Type

NGO Action News

01-Aug-2022 Palestinian Rights Committee and OIC Virtual Event “Palestinian Youth in East Jerusalem under Occupation” – Chair Summary
Sources:

Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

Type

Chair summary

31-Jul-2022 Action by UN System and Intergovernmental Organizations Relevant to the Question of Palestine (July 2022 Monthly Bulletin)
Sources:

Committee against Torture, Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR), Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), European Union (EU), Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Security Council, Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the OPT, United Nations, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO)

Type

Monthly Bulletin

28-Jul-2022 NGO Action News – 28 July 2022
Sources:

7amleh (NGO), ADALAH - Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Addameer Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Haq, Amnesty International, Association France Palestine Solidarite, Churches for Middle East Peace, Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR), Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Security Council, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO)

Type

NGO Action News

26-Jul-2022 Statement by Vice-Chair of the Palestinian Rights Committee at Security Council Open Debate
Sources:

Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), Security Council

Type

Statement

26-Jul-2022 Addressing Israeli-Palestinian Tensions as They Arise Cannot Replace Efforts to Resolve Core Issues, Deputy Special Coordinator Tells Security Council – Press Release (SC/14981)
Sources:

Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), European Union (EU), League of Arab States (LAS), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Security Council, United Nations Department of Global Communications, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO)

Type

Press Release, Video, Webcast

21-Jul-2022 NGO Action News – 21 July 2022
Sources:

Al-Haq, Al-Shabaka, Association France Palestine Solidarite, B'Tselem, Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR), Friends of Sabeel-North America (FOSNA), Peace Now, Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

Type

NGO Action News

15-Jul-2022 Palestinian Rights Committee and OIC to Hold Virtual Event: “Palestinian Youth in East Jerusalem under Occupation” Wednesday, 20 July 10:00 to noon – Press Release
Sources:

Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

Type

Press Release, Video, Webcast

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