Human rights in the occupied Syrian Golan

Year

2020

UN Body

Human Rights Council

Session

43

Session Type

HRC Regular

Agenda Item

7

Country Concerned

Israel

Condemnatory

Yes

Analysis

  • 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.
  • The EU, Germany, and Brazil criticized the resolution for being one-sided against Israel and ignoring violations by 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

Vote

Yes - 26, No - 17, Abstain - 4, Absent - 0

Key Praise

None

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."
  • "Deplores the plan announced in April 2019 by the Israeli occupation authorities to expand existing settlement by building 30,000 units and the transfer of 250,000 Israeli settlers..."
  • "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 and of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949, and have no legal effect."
  • "Deplores the practices of the Israeli occupation authorities affecting the human rights of the Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan, including the confiscation of private properties of Syrians by imposing so-called “Israeli documents” on them, expresses grave concern at the continued illegal exploitation of natural resources..."
  • "Deplores the decision of the Israeli occupation authorities to construct wind turbines on the private agricultural property of the Syrian population in the occupied Syrian Golan..."

Full Vote

  • Yes26

    • Afghanistan
    • Angola
    • Argentina
    • Armenia
    • Bahamas
    • Bahrain
    • Bangladesh
    • Burkina Faso
    • Chile
    • Eritrea
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Libya
    • Mauritania
    • Mexico
    • Namibia
    • Nepal
    • Nigeria
    • Pakistan
    • Peru
    • Qatar
    • Senegal
    • Somalia
    • Sudan
    • Uruguay
    • Venezuela
  • No17

    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Brazil
    • Bulgaria
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Marshall Islands
    • Netherlands
    • Poland
    • South Korea
    • Slovakia
    • Spain
    • Togo
    • Ukraine
  • Abstain4

    • Cameroon
    • Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Fiji
    • Philippines
  • Absent0