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
07-Dec-2021 Outraged over Israel’s Designation of Six Civil Society Groups as Terrorists, Speakers Tell Palestinian Rights Committee Harassment against Human Rights Defenders Must End – Press Release (GA/PAL/1443)
Sources:

Al-Haq, Amnesty International, Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), Human Rights Watch, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Type

Press Release, Video, Webcast

02-Dec-2021 Palestinian Rights Committee to Host Virtual Meeting: “Supporting Human Rights Defenders in the OPT: Reality, Challenges, and Obligations” Tuesday, 7 Dec. 2021, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm (NY Time) – Press Release
Sources:

Al-Haq, Amnesty International, Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR), Human Rights Watch

Type

Press Release, Video, Webcast

29-Nov-2021 Marking International Solidarity Day, Permanent Observer Tells Palestinian Rights Committee Israel’s Illegal Settlements Signal Rejection of Two-State Solution – Press Release
Sources:

African Union (See also - Organization of African Unity (OAU)), Amnesty International, Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR), League of Arab States (LAS), Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)(See also - Committee on Palestine), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Secretary-General, Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices, United Nations Department of Global Communications

Type

Press Release, Video, Webcast

29-Nov-2021 Special Meeting in Observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People – Remarks by H.E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly
Sources:

Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), General Assembly

Type

Remarks, Statement

24-Nov-2021 Peaceful Settlement of the Question of Palestine – GA Draft Resolution (A/76/L.14) A/76/L.14
Sources:

Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), General Assembly

Type

Draft resolution, General Assembly resolution, Resolution

22-Nov-2021 Palestinian Rights Committee to Host Special Meeting in Observance of International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People, at NY UN Headquarters, 29 November – Press Release
Sources:

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

Type

Press Release

16-Nov-2021 Panellists Stress Need to Revitalize Peace Process, as International Media Seminar on Middle East Peace Begins – Press Release (PAL/2241)
Sources:

Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), Secretary-General, United Nations Department of Global Communications

Type

Press Release, Webcast

31-Oct-2021 Action by UN System and Intergovernmental Organizations Relevant to the Question of Palestine (October 2021 Monthly Bulletin)
Sources:

Addameer Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Haq, Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), Defence for Children International, Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR), European Union (EU), General Assembly Third Committee (Social Humanitarian and Cultural), Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Security Council, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the OPT, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), 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), Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Working Group on discrimination against women and girls, World Bank

Type

Bulletin, Monthly Bulletin

27-Oct-2021 Palestinian Rights Committee’s Bureau Expresses Deep Concern at Israel’s Designation of Civil Society Bodies as “Terrorist Organizations” – Statement (GA/PAL/1441)
Sources:

Addameer Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Haq, Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR), United Nations Department of Global Communications

Type

Press Release, Statement

19-Oct-2021 Statement by 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, Video, Webcast

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