Human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the obligation to ensure accountability and justice



UN Body

Human Rights Council



Session Type


Agenda Item


Country Concerned





  • This resolution strongly condemns Israel for multiple serious violations, makes one-sided demands of Israel, and calls on third states not to sell arms to Israel. The resolution denies Israel's right to self-defense, repeatedly condemning Israel for various security measures taken to defend its citizens from Palestinian terrorism, including its blockade of Gaza, the West Bank security barrier, and West Bank security checkpoints.
  • Although adopted under Item 2 rather than the discriminatory Item 7, this resolution is completely one-sided with no praise for Israel and, with the exception of a few lines condemning rocket attacks without naming Hamas or other terror groups, completely fails to address Palestinian violations.

Main Sponsors

Organization of Islamic Cooperation except Albania


Yes - 38, No - 2, Abstain - 7, Absent - 0

Key Praise


Key Criticism

  • "Gravely concerned that long-standing impunity for international law violations has allowed for the recurrence of grave breaches and serious violations without consequence…"
  • "Expressing grave concern at reports of serious human rights violations and grave breaches of international humanitarian law, including of possible war crimes and crimes against humanity, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem…"
  • "Deploring all policies and practices whereby Israeli settlers who reside illegally in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, are accorded preferential treatment over the Palestinian population…"
  • "Expressing deep concern that thousands of Palestinians, including many children, women, elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council and human rights defenders, continue to be detained, including under terms of administrative detention with limited or no judicial recourse, and held in Israeli prisons or detention centres under harsh conditions…"
  • "Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, end its occupation of the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem..."
  • "Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, cease all illegal actions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem..."
  • "Also demands that Israel, the occupying Power, comply with its legal obligations under international law, as mentioned in the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice...and that it immediately cease the construction of the wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem..."
  • "Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, cease immediately its imposition of prolonged closures and economic and movement restrictions, including those amounting to a blockade on the Gaza Strip..."
  • "Condemns all acts of violence, including all acts of terror, provocation, incitement and destruction, including unlawful lethal and other excessive use of force by Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians..."
  • "Urges all States to refrain from transferring arms..."
  • "Calls upon Israel to revoke any unsubstantiated designations of Palestinian human rights and humanitarian organizations as terrorist or unlawful organizations..."

Full Vote

  • Yes38

    • Algeria
    • Argentina
    • Bangladesh
    • Belgium
    • Benin
    • Bolivia
    • Chile
    • China
    • Costa Rica
    • Ivory Coast
    • Cuba
    • Eritrea
    • Finland
    • France
    • Gabon
    • Gambia
    • Germany
    • Honduras
    • Kazakhstan
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Malaysia
    • Maldives
    • Mexico
    • Montenegro
    • Morocco
    • Pakistan
    • Paraguay
    • Qatar
    • Romania
    • Senegal
    • Somalia
    • South Africa
    • Sudan
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Uzbekistan
    • Vietnam
  • No2

    • Malawi
    • United States
  • Abstain7

    • Cameroon
    • Czech Republic
    • Georgia
    • India
    • Nepal
    • Ukraine
    • United Kingdom
  • Absent0