The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People has a mandate from the United Nations General Assembly “to extend its cooperation and support to Palestinian and other civil society organizations”. In keeping with this mandate, a network of more than 1,000 civil society organizations from all regions of the world, active on the question of Palestine, has been established over the years. National and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), organizations involved in political and humanitarian work, NGOs promoting human rights or economic and social development, solidarity-, charity- or action-oriented groups, churches, academic institutions, trade unions and professional associations, and organizations that focus on women, children, refugees and detainees, are all part of the network.
To join our network of civil society organizations on the question of Palestine, groups need to become accredited to the UN Palestinian Rights Committee. The criteria for accreditation are as follows:
“The civil society organization should:
“(a) be a recognized local, national or international non-profit organization;
“(b) support the Charter of the United Nations, the principles of international law and the achievement of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, primarily its right to self-determination;
“(c) have demonstrated that it has concrete programmes or the serious intent to establish such programmes in support of the achievement of the inalienable rights* of the Palestinian people.
“Organizations whose mandates preclude advocacy but whose work encompasses humanitarian ends and programmes, including development, benefitting the Palestinian people, are welcome to participate.”
Interested civil society organizations are requested to submit an application form to the Division for Palestinian Rights of the United Nations Secretariat, which will submit it for approval to the Committee. Organizations that, for one reason or another, feel they cannot subscribe to the accreditation criteria, but have expressed interest in the activities of the Committee can request to be recognized as observers. Civil society organizations in observer status will be invited to attend events held under the auspices of the Committee. They may speak at civil society meetings and conferences held under the auspices of the Committee, and will be included in the mailing list of the Division. Civil society organizations in observer status have the responsibility to respect the United Nations rules of procedure, as well as the guidelines, procedures and practice established by the Committee and to report informally to the Committee (through the Division) on their planned and accomplished activities.