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Written statement submitted by the Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status


Human Rights Council
Sixteenth session
Agenda item 7
Human rights situation in Palestine and other
occupied Arab territories   The Secretary-General has received the following written statement which is circulated in accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31.
Accountability: Towards ending impunity and protecting human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory We would like to take note of the joint statement to which Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, based in Gaza, part to.
In that statement a coalition of Palestinian human rights organizations working in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) indicate the urgency of the enormous task before this honourable Council: to ensure accountability for human rights and humanitarian law violations in the oPt.
This is particularly urgent in light of the insistence by the parties to disregard their obligation to adequately investigate such violations and punish them.
Yet, it is even more urgent because the patterns of violations we witnessed during Israel’s military offensive on Gaza, “Operation Cast Lead’ (OCL), have continued to occur in the Gaza Strip.
In this context, accountability has a rather direct meaning for people: it means protection of their human rights, which are violated on a daily basis.

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