Right of the Palestinian people to self-determination

Year

2019

UN Body

Human Rights Council

Session

40

Session Type

HRC Regular

Agenda Item

7

Country Concerned

Israel

Condemnatory

Yes

Analysis

  • The one-sided resolution blames Israeli settlements for lack of Palestinian self-determination, while ignoring Palestinian rejectionism of Israel and terrorism. In addition, it recalls the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice that Israel's construction of a security barrier is illegal. Also, the resolution contains no praise.
  • 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

Vote

Yes - 41, No - 3, Abstain - 2, Absent - 1

Key Praise

None

Key Criticism

  • "Recalling the conclusion of the International Court of Justice, in its advisory opinion of 9 July 2004, that the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people, which is a right erga omnes, is severely impeded by Israel, the occupying Power, through the construction of the wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem..."
  • "Considering that the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people is being violated further by Israel through the existence and ongoing expansion of settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem..."
  • "Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to immediately end its occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem..."
  • "Expresses grave concern at the fragmentation and the changes in the demographic composition of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, which are resulting from Israel's continuing construction and expansion of settlements..."

Full Vote

  • Yes41

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    • Bahamas
    • Bahrain
    • Bangladesh
    • Brazil
    • Bulgaria
    • Burkina Faso
    • Chile
    • China
    • Croatia
    • Cuba
    • Czech Republic
    • Egypt
    • Eritrea
    • Fiji
    • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • India
    • Iraq
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Mexico
    • Nepal
    • Nigeria
    • Pakistan
    • Peru
    • Philippines
    • Qatar
    • Rwanda
    • Senegal
    • Slovakia
    • Somalia
    • South Africa
    • Spain
    • Togo
    • Tunisia
    • Ukraine
    • Uruguay
  • No3

    • Australia
    • Denmark
    • United Kingdom
  • Abstain2

    • Cameroon
    • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Absent1

    • Saudi Arabia