Earlier today (September 4 2012) ICAHD submitted information to the International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate and report on the implications of Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people.
The submission focuses on Israel’s protracted failure to comply with fundamental principles of rule of law and human rights obligations related to (i) its occupation of the Palestinian territory, (ii) repercussions of the Israeli occupation for the Palestinian people stemming from illegal settlement expansion, and (iii) Israel’s responsibility to respect, protect and fulfill Palestinians’ human rights, in accordance with international law and standards. The submission highlights the connection between the wanton destruction of property, displacement of Palestinians’, land expropriation and settlement expansion, set against the background of prolonged occupation and persistent denial of Palestinians’ right to self-determination.
In March 2012 the Human Rights Council adopted a Resolution entitled “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan” by which the Council decided to “dispatch an independent international fact-finding mission, to be appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council, to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.”
In July 2012, the President of the Human Rights Council appointed the following as members of the international fact-finding mission (FFM): Ms. Christine Chanet (chair), Judge of the Court of Cassation of France and member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee; Ms. Unity Dow, Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists and practicing lawyer in Bostwana, and Ms. Asma Jahangir, leading Pakistani human rights lawyer and Trustee of the Board of the UN Voluntary Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery. The FFM is expected to report to the Human Rights Council in March 2013.