UN Human Rights Council to consider calling for “Israel” arms embargo

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Published: 2024-04-03 17:26

Last Updated: 2024-04-23 20:36


UN Human Rights Council. (Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré)
UN Human Rights Council. (Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré)

The United Nations Human Rights Council will consider a draft resolution on Friday calling for an arms embargo on the Israeli Occupation, citing the “plausible risk of genocide in Gaza”.

If the draft resolution is adopted, it would mark the first time that the UN Human Rights Council has taken a position on the “Israeli” aggression against Gaza.

It calls upon countries to stop the sale or transfer of arms, munitions and other military equipment to “Israel,” citing "a plausible risk of genocide in Gaza.”

The draft condemns "the use of explosive weapons with wide-area effects by Israel" in populated areas of the Gaza Strip and demands that the Israeli Occupation "upholds its legal responsibility to prevent genocide.”

The resolution was brought forward by Pakistan on behalf of 55 of the 56 UN member states in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) - the sole exception being Albania. It is co-sponsored by Bolivia, Cuba, and the Palestinian mission in Geneva.

It also demands that “Israel” end its occupation of Palestinian territory and immediately lifts its “illegal blockade” imposed on the Gaza Strip.

The draft also “condemns the use of starvation of civilians as a method of warfare,” calls for an immediate ceasefire and “condemns Israeli actions that may amount to ethnic cleansing.”

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