Human rights in the occupied Syrian Golan



UN Body

Human Rights Council



Session Type

HRC Regular

Agenda Item


Country Concerned





  • The resolution rejects Israel's annexation of the Golan as illegal and calls upon Israel to cease settlement activity on the Golan and not to infringe the rights of the Syrian residents of the Golan. Also, the resolution contains no praise, completely ignoring Israel's provision of medical assistance to Syrian citizens in urgent need of medical care not available in Syria.
  • Moreover, the resolution was adopted under Item 7, the discriminatory Agenda Item which singles out Israel for censure, signaling criticism of Israel.

Main Sponsors

Organization of Islamic Cooperation


Yes - 26, No - 16, Abstain - 5, Absent - 0

Key Praise


Key Criticism

  • "Deeply concerned at the suffering of the Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan due to the systematic and continuous violation of their fundamental and human rights by Israel since the Israeli military occupation of 1967."
  • "Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to comply with the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly, the Security Council and the Human Rights Council, in particular Security Council resolution 497 (1981), in which the Council decided, inter alia, that the decision of Israel to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan was null and void and without international legal effect..."
  • "Further calls upon Israel to desist from imposing Israeli citizenship and Israeli identity cards on the Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan..."
  • "Determines that all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken or to be taken by Israel, the occupying Power...that seek to alter the character and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan are null and void, constitute a flagrant violation of international law... "

Full Vote

  • Yes26

    • Afghanistan
    • Angola
    • Argentina
    • Bahamas
    • Bahrain
    • Bangladesh
    • Burkina Faso
    • Chile
    • China
    • Cuba
    • Egypt
    • Eritrea
    • India
    • Iraq
    • Mexico
    • Nepal
    • Nigeria
    • Pakistan
    • Peru
    • Philippines
    • Qatar
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Senegal
    • South Africa
    • Tunisia
    • Uruguay
  • No16

    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Brazil
    • Bulgaria
    • Croatia
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Slovakia
    • Spain
    • Togo
    • Ukraine
    • United Kingdom
  • Abstain5

    • Cameroon
    • Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Fiji
    • Rwanda
    • Somalia
  • Absent0