HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC,
SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTÓNIO GUTERRES
FRIDAY, 03 MAY 2019
OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY
Today, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Jamie McGoldrick, and the directors for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNRWA, in the West Bank, called for an immediate halt to the destruction of Palestinian-owned property in East Jerusalem.
“Demolitions in East Jerusalem have increased at a staggering pace over the last month, leaving tens of Palestinians displaced and others who have lost their livelihoods overnight,” said Mr. McGoldrick. “This must stop.”
As of 30 April, 111 Palestinian-owned structures had been destroyed in East Jerusalem. Overall, more Palestinians were displaced in East Jerusalem in the first four months of 2019 than in all of 2018 – that’s 193 for the past four months, compared to 176 last year.
I had been asked a couple of times about the situation of Omar Shaker, the Israel and Palestine Director for Human Rights Watch.
I can tell you that we are concerned about the shrinking space for human rights defenders to operate in the occupied Palestinian territory. Israel must allow them to carry out their work without threat or intimidation.
Document Sources: Department of Public Information (DPI), Human Rights Watch, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Secretary-General, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO)
Subject: House demolitions, Human rights and international humanitarian law, Jerusalem, Legal issues, NGOs/Civil Society, Prisoners and detainees
Publication Date: 03/05/2019
URL source: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight