On 8 February 2021, Al Mezan, together with the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), Al-Haq, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), 11.11.11, and CNCD.11.11.11, sent a joint letter to EU Member States ahead of the upcoming 46th Human Rights Council (HRC) session, urging states to support the HRC resolutions on Palestine—particularly on accountability and Israel's illegal settlement enterprise.
The joint call comes in light of Israel's continued widespread and systematic violations against Palestinians, some of which amount to international crimes, and the international community's continued inaction, including to address Israel’s pervasive impunity. The international law-based resolutions concerning Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise and ensuring accountability for all violations of international law in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), including East Jerusalem, in particular, are receiving dwindling support from EU Member States.
The organizations stressed that EU support for these resolutions would be consistent with its commitment to the international legal framework and a human rights-based approach to the question of Palestine. Support for accountability and justice in the oPt through the HRC resolutions would be in line with the EU’s firm position on accountability more broadly, while supporting the settlement resolution would bear out the EU’s principled and long-standing public position on the illegality of Israeli settlements in the oPt. EU Member States must act to promote and protect human rights in occupied Palestine, in line with their responsibility as member states elected to the HRC.