19 September 2017

The Human Rights Council this afternoon held a general debate on human rights situations that require the Council’s attention.

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Estonia, speaking on behalf of the European Union, … as regards the occupied Palestinian territory, the European Union was concerned about the loss of life among those in administrative detention.

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Spain … The occupied Palestinian territories were seeing increasing human rights violations, including ongoing Israeli settlements.

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Palestinian Return Centre Ltd. warned that Palestinian families in Syria had been displaced for the second or third time, after they had been originally ethnically cleansed from Israel in 1948. As hostilities continued to escalate in the war-torn Syria, thousands of displaced Palestinian had fled the country. The Action Group for Palestinians from Syria had documented 3,557 deaths from war-related incidents, while 301 had gone missing.

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Badil Resource Centre for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights said systematic violations were carried out in an organized and deliberate way in the occupied Palestinian territories by Israel. Israel’s policies of land confiscation, denial of services, discriminatory zoning and collective punishment resulted in the forcible transfer of the Palestinian population. Since colonization and apartheid were international crimes, the international community had to respond appropriately. States needed to cooperate to bring an end to the situation.

Organization for Defending Victims of Violence … and Israel was forcing Palestinians to leave their homes.

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