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The Organization of Islamic Cooperation held an International Symposium entitled “Half century of occupation and discrimination: towards accountability and justice”, on 9 July 2019, on the sidelines of the 41st session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, in coordination with the Permanent Observer Missions of the OIC and the State of Palestine to the UN in Geneva.
Representatives of OIC Member States, European countries, legal experts, academia and the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission,among many others, have attended the event.
Panellists, including Mr Mandla Mandela – Member of South African Parliamanet and member of the ANC delegation to Pan-African Parliament; Dr John Reynolds- Professor at International Law at the University of Ireland; Ms Sawsan Zaher, Advocate and Deputy Director General of Adalah Human Rights Centre, have highlighted the impact of the Israeli illegal occupation, colonial practices and discrimination policies and laws on the human rights of the Palestinian people. They underscored the responsibility incumbent on the entire international community in combatting this racist system.
Ambassador Ali Goutali, Director of Palestine and Al-Quds Affairs Department, highlighted in his opening statement on behalf of the OIC General Secretariat that the cause of Palestine is fundamental and central for the OIC, urging international community to act against these violations and play an effective role in launching multilaterally-sponsored peace process to realize the two-State solution.