Compilation prepared by the Office of the High Commissioner for

Human Rights in accordance with paragraph 5 of the annex to

Human Rights Council resolution 16/21 


 Israel * 


Note by the Secretariat


 The present document updates information contained the Compilation on Israel prepared by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in accordance with paragraph 5 of the annex to the Human Rights Council resolution 16/21 (A/HRC/WG.6/15/ISR/2). 


 It has been prepared taking into consideration paragraph 6 of the report of the President of the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/23/CRP.1), submitted in accordance with Council decision OM/7/1 of 29 January 2013, in which the President encourages Israel, the State under Review, to participate in its review at the 17th session of the Working Group of the UPR of October/November 2013, scheduled on Tuesday, 29 October 2013. 


Updated information for the UPR of Israel has also been submitted by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The full text of the UNHCR submission received, as well as the Report of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing (A/HRC/22/46/Add.1) and the Concluding observations on the second to fourth periodic reports of Israel adopted by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC/C/ISR/CO /2-4) are available on the OHCHR website.  




I.  Background and framework 


A.  Scope of international obligations 1 


International human rights treaties 2 


Status during previous cycle 

Action after review 

Not ratified/not accepted 

Ratification, accession or succession 

ICERD (1979) 

ICESCR (1991) 

ICCPR (1991) 

CEDAW (1991) 

CAT (1991) 

CRC (1991) 

OP-CRC-AC (2005) 

OP-CRC-SC (2008) 

CRPD (2012) 





Reservations, declarations and/or understandings 

(Reservation, art. 22, 1979)

(Reservation, art. 23, 1991)

(Reservations, arts. 7(b)
and 16/
Declaration, art. 29, para. 1, 1991)

(Reservations, arts. 20 and 30, para. 1, 1991)

CRPD (Reservation, art. 23(1)(a), 2012) 

Complaint procedures, inquiry and urgent action 3 

ICERD, art. 14 


ICCPR, art. 41 



arts. 20, 21 and 22






B.  Institutional and human rights infrastructure and policy measures


1.  In 2013, the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) recommended that Israel establish an Ombudsperson for children in accordance with the Paris Principles.4 

2.  CRC encouraged the preparation of a comprehensive policy on children and to define budgetary lines for disadvantaged or vulnerable children.5 


 II.  Cooperation with human rights mechanisms

3.  In 2010, the Human Rights Council held an urgent debate on the raid on the flotilla by Israeli Defense Forces.
 6 The High Commissioner for Human Rights observed that the main conclusions of the fact-finding mission had yet to be met with effective action by the Israeli authorities, and that Israel had not cooperated with the mission. 7 The High Commissioner noted that there had neither been prosecutions nor an effective remedy for the crimes and violations noted by the fact-finding mission with regard to the incident of the humanitarian flotilla. 8 In 2013, the Human Rights Council renewed its recommendation that the General Assembly remain apprised of the matter until it is satisfied that appropriate action with regard to implementing the recommendations contained in the report of the fact-finding mission is taken at the domestic or international level. 9 


4.  On 14 May 2012, Israel informed the Human Rights Council President that it had decided to suspend its relationship with the Council. 10 The Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories, has noted the continuing non-cooperation of Israel with its mandate. 11 


 A.  Cooperation with treaty bodies 12 


 1.  Reporting status 


Treaty body 

Concluding observations included in previous review 

Latest report submitted since previous review 

Latest concluding observations 

Reporting status 


March 2007 


February 2012 

Seventeenth to nineteenth reports due in 2016 


May 2003 


December 2011 

Fourth report due in 2016 

HR Committee 

August 2003 


July 2010 

Fourth report pending consideration 


July 2005 


January 2011 

Sixth report due in 2015 


November 2001 


May 2009 

Fifth report overdue since May 2013 


October 2002 

(on CRC) / 2012
(on OP-CRC-SC)

January 2010
(on OP-CRC-AC) / June 2013
(on CRC
 13 ) 

Fifth and sixth reports due in 2018. Initial OP-CRC-SC report pending consideration in 2015 





Initial report due in 2014 


 2.  Responses to specific follow-up requests by treaty bodies 


Concluding observations 


Treaty body 

Due in 

Subject matter 

Submitted in 

HR Committee 


Military blockade of the Gaza Strip; legislation on the crime of torture; juvenile justice system under Israeli legislation and under military orders in the West Bank; Bedouin population’s right to their ancestral land and traditional livelihood. 14 

2011. 15 Further information requested. 16 



Basic safeguards for detainees; allegations of torture and ill-treatment by Israeli interrogators; complaints and need for independent investigations; summary deportations; house demolitions. 17 

2010. 18 Further information requested. 19 



Violence against Palestinian women and girls from both State (Israeli soldiers) and non-State (inter alia settlers) actors; civil marriage and divorce. 20 

2013. 21 



Discriminatory laws; discriminatory laws especially targeting Palestinian citizens of Israel; ratification of ICRMW. 22 



 B.  Cooperation with special procedures 23 


Status during previous cycle 

Current status

Standing invitation 



Visits undertaken 

Violence against women (visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) only, 13–18 June 2004) 

Human rights defenders (5–11 Oct. 2005) 

Summary executions; Adequate housing; Health; and Internally displaced persons (10–14 Sept. 2006, joint mission) 

Terrorism (3–10 July 2007) 

Children and armed conflict (13–20 April 2007) 

Occupied Palestinian Territories (six visits to OPT; last one in the previous period 25 Sept.–1 Oct 2007) 

Freedom of religion (20–27 Jan. 2008) 

Adequate housing (30 January to 12 February 2012) 24 
Freedom of expression
(6–17 December 2011)
Occupied Palestinian Territories* *only Gaza Strip through the Rafah Crossing from Egypt
(1-3 December 2012 )

Visits agreed to in principle 



Visits requested 

Special Rapporteur on torture, requested in 2002, follow-up request in 2007; Special Rapporteur on violence against women, requested in 2001; Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, requested in 2005 

Summary executions (2009) 
Racism (2008) 
Education (2009) 
Violence against women (2009 and 2012) 
Indigenous peoples (2010) 
Occupied Palestinian Territories (2011 and 2012) 


Responses to letters of allegations and urgent appeals 

During the period under review, 63 communications were sent. The Government replied to 18 of these communications. 

Follow-up reports and missions 



5.  In 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, the Human Rights Council adopted resolutions on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), including East Jerusalem . 27 In 2012 and 2013, the Human Rights Council adopted resolutions on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan. 28 The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 has noted the continuing non-cooperation, 29 and has reiterated his request to Israel to cooperate with his mandate. 30 


C.  Cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights


6.  The High Commissioner visited Israel and the OPT in February 2011. 31   In May 2012, Israel suspended its relationship with OHCHR. 32 The High Commissioner submits periodic reports on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory to the Human Rights Council pursuant to resolutions S-9/1 and S-12/1. 33 In addition, OHCHR prepares various reports of the Secretary-General to the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council on the OPT, including East Jerusalem. Some of these reports also cover the occupied Syrian Golan. 34   Israel made annual contributions to OHCHR in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, 35 including to the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture in 2008 and 2009, the Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in 2012 36 and to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery annually. 37