15 JUNE 2015 

Spokesperson for the Secretary-General's comments on Israel's denial of entry to Occupied Territories for Special Rapporteur on Human Rights

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.


Question:  Yes.  The Spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry said that the Special Rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Mr. Makarim Wibisono, had been denied entry to the occupied territories.  First, why he was denied entry, and second, why was this not reported in the noon briefing and that happened last week?  Thank you.

Spokesman:  First of all, we don’t attend to report on the travels of Special Rapporteurs who are independent of the Secretariat and of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.  That being said it’s incumbent on Israel and every other Member State of the United Nations to allow access to independent rapporteurs.  They are a critical part of the human rights machinery.  The Secretary-General has raised that issue in countries in many countries, notably in his trips to Central Asia and in his travels to Viet Nam, so it’s an across the board need for Member States to allow Special Rapporteurs to enter and to cooperate with them.  Behind you, go ahead.