NCHR welcomes UN Human Rights Council's report on Gaza

Ahram Online , Tuesday 26 Mar 2024

Egypt's National Council for Human Rights welcomed on Tuesday the report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, which was reviewed during the 55th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Egypt National Council for Human Rights (Photo:Ahram)
Egypt National Council for Human Rights (Photo:Ahram)


The report, submitted by Francesca Albanese under the title "Anatomy of a Genocide," shed light on compelling facts proving that Israel has committed the crime of genocide against the residents of the Gaza Strip.

In an official statement, the NCHR stated that the ongoing offences of the Israeli occupation have continued unabated for approximately six months, amid the continued acquiescence of major global powers and the UN Security Council's failure to compel Israel to cease its egregious acts of aggression against the Gaza Strip, which flagrantly violate international laws of war.

The NCHR underscored that the actual catastrophic ramifications of Israeli atrocities surpass those documented in the report. The death toll, amounting to around 50,000 individuals, with over half being children and women, reflects a deliberate targeting of civilians, including those seeking humanitarian aid or receiving medical care in facilities obliterated by Israeli forces.

Simultaneously, the NCHR urged all governments, civil society organizations, and humanitarian bodies to heed the report's revelations of unprecedented criminal acts conducted by the Israeli military. These include the systematic destruction of infrastructure, contamination of water sources, and obstruction of relief efforts, affecting hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.

Emphasizing the report's findings regarding the displacement of 80 percent of the population and the decimation of 70 percent of the territory, the NCHR condemned any complicity in ignoring these crimes. It calls for a collective awakening of global conscience to swiftly isolate Israel and hold it accountable for its atrocities.

At the national level, the NCHR announced that the report will be disseminated across its media and digital platforms to raise awareness among individuals concerned with human rights and humanitarian affairs about the grave nature of Israel's genocidal actions.

Concluding, the NCHR urged the members of the UN Human Rights Council to convene an extraordinary session to adopt measures compelling worldwide to fulfil their legal and moral obligations in deterring and prosecuting Israel's aggression against the Palestinian people.

It demands the trial and punishment of all Israeli political and military leaders and personnel involved in perpetrating crimes against humanity during the past six months.

Furthermore, it advocates for the provision of essential aid for Gaza's reconstruction, compensation for victims, and safeguards against the recurrence of such heinous acts in the future.

For nearly six months, Israel, which faces growing international pressure to agree to a ceasefire in Gaza, has continued its brutal war, killing over 30,000 and wounding 70,000 since 7 October, most of whom are women and children.

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