Thank you, Mr. President,
The OIC would like to thank Professor Lynk and to express our appreciation for his report and presentation to the Human Rights Council. We condemn Israel’s refusal to cooperate with the mandate of the Special Rapporteur, consistent with its culture of non-cooperation with special procedures mandate holders and other United Nations mechanisms in violation of its obligations as a United Nations Member State.
Professor Lynk’s report highlights a host of violations committed by Israel in the context of half a century of military occupation and itsaffects on all aspects of life for Palestinians, from access to medical care, to building homes, to seeking to travel abroad.
Children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory face innumerable challenges growing up in an environment deprived from basic human rights including economic, social and cultural rights such as the rights to heath, education and adequate standard of living. In Gaza, restrictions on freedom of movement and difficultyimporting goods critical for service delivery undermine economicprospects and theavailability of essential services.
As stated in his report “For protected peoples living under occupation, their right to health is also guaranteedby international humanitarian law and the laws of occupation. In particular, the GenevaConvention relative to the Protection of Civilians in Time of War of 12 August 1949 (theFourth Geneva Convention), together with the Additional Protocols and customaryinternational law, places the overall responsibility for civilian access to health care in anoccupied territoryupon the occupying power.”
However, Israel, the Occupying Power, continue to deny permissions for Palestinian patients to move internally for treatments or even travel abroad, including children, pregnant women and cancer patients, in complete violation of International Humanitarian Law.Causing a higher death rate among patients in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, whom were unable to receive adequate health treatment.
The systematic threats by the Occupying Powerto human security for Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have a significant impact upon the psychological well-being among them. These threats include, traumatic and anxiety-inducing experiences of warfare, home demolitions, imprisonment and beatings, land confiscation and violence arising from demonstrations andsettlerattacks, as well as the diminished character of life caused by the lack of freedom ofmovement, food insecurity, thelack of control over water resources, discrimination andstatelessness.
In this regard, and given Israel’s persistent refusal to end its occupation or accept the world’s calls to respect international law, we would like to ask Professor Lynk how he believes the international community can most effectively act, including in this chamber, to compel Israel to comply fully with its obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law with respect to fulfilling thehealth needs of the protected population?
I Thank You.