Following a High-Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the Rule of Law, the General Assembly adopted a Deceleration upholding the right to self-determination, and accountability for violations of international law.
The Declaration adopted by consensus following the September 24High-Level Meeting, attended by ICAHD Co-Director Itay Epshtain and ICAHD USA Director Salena Tramel, calls on States to “uphold the resolution of disputes by peaceful means and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, the right to self-determination of peoples which remain under colonial domination and foreign occupation […] and the fulfillment in good faith of the obligations assumed in accordance with the Charter.”
The General Assembly further declared that “impunity is not tolerated for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity or for violations of international humanitarian law and gross violations of human rights law, and that such violations are properly investigated and appropriately sanctioned, including by bringing the perpetrators of any crimes to justice, through domestic mechanisms or, where appropriate, regional or international mechanisms, in accordance with international law.”
Concluding a week long advocacy effort at the UN General Assembly, ICAHD’s Epshtain and Tramel met with UN Member States permanent missions to the UN, and partner NGOs and civil society organizations. The advocacy efforts were underlined by a Side Event titled “Rule of Law, Prolonged Occupation, and Self-Determination: The Case of the Palestinian People under Israeli Rule”. The Side Event was well attended by state delegations, UN staff, and members of civil society; and explored the legal nature, features, and impact of prolonged occupation. Permanent missions were on this occasion presented with a model GA Resolution, calling the International Court of Justice to explore the legal consequences arising from prolonged Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territory including East Jerusalem, and prevalent Israeli policies and practices in the aforementioned territory, considering the fact that international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, does not distinguish temporary and legal occupation, from prolonged and possibly illegal occupation.
Epshtain briefs state delegates and UN staff