20 Mar 2019
Geneva, Swiss - At the 40th General Assembly of Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, on 18 March 2019, the RI Ambassador/Permanent Representative for United Nations (UN), Ambassador Hasan Kleib, reaffirmed Indonesia's support for the Human Rights protection for Palestinians as their home was continuously suffering under the Israel occupation.
The assertive support is delivered to tackle Israel and a number of Western countries that attempt to remove a discussion on Palestine from the 7th Item of Agenda on Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory in the UN Human Rights Council.
"Based on the situation, Indonesia emphasizes its support to encourage the continuation of discussion on the Human Rights in Palestine under the 7th Item of Agenda in the UN Human Rights Council, which goes in line with the resolution 5/1 as its foundation," Ambassador Hasan Kleib stated.
He asserted, "The discussion of Palestine issues in the 7th Item of Agenda will always appears as a relevant and urgent matter as long as the Palestinian rights are still violated; Israel as the occupying power still acts and imposes policies that are against the humanitarian law and International Law on Human Rights; and the international community has not succeeded in either overcoming humanitarian issues in Palestine or stopping Palestinians sufferings due to Israel’s occupation."
It is also stated that that the UN Human Rights Council is still incapable to take the legal actions to abolish impunities and to demand accountability for the violation of Palestinian rights committed by Israel.
Indonesia also urges the High Commissioner of UN Human Rights to publish the database of the Israeli corporations and multinational companies that take the advantages from their business activities in the occupied territory. It is considered essential to cut the incentives from the territory.
The 7th Item of the Agenda is proposed by some developing countries including Indonesia that is also one of the founding members of Human Rights Council in 2007. The effort, for the first time, induces a special Item in the Agenda of the reformed UN Human Rights mechanism that concerns the Human Rights situation in Palestine. Previously, the UN Human Rights Commission was criticized as a full-of-politicization forum that offered no opportunity for the discussion of Israel unjust actions and Human Rights violation in Palestine.
Other than asserting the supports for the Human Rights situation in Palestine to be the agenda of the Human Rights Council, Indonesia also expresses its support toward performance of the UN Special Rapporteur in Palestine. In relation to this, Indonesia encourages all parties, especially Israel, to cooperate through the UN Human Rights mechanism in order to end the Human Rights violations and people’s sufferings in Palestine. Indonesia urges Israel to provide an access for the last-year-established Commission of Inquiry to investigate the violence by Israeli armed forces to the Palestinians during the demonstration in Gaza Strip.