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UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE ISRAELI PRACTICES TO VISIT AMMAN ON ANNUAL MISSION

29 July 2015

GENEVA (29 July 2015) – The United Nations Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories will make its annual field visit to Amman from 4 to 9 August 2015.

The Special Committee will be meeting with victims, community representatives, witnesses, non-governmental organizations, Palestinian officials and United Nations representatives to receive testimonies and to hear briefings on a range of human rights issues of concern in the occupied Palestinian territory and the occupied Syrian Golan.

The Government of Israel maintains its practice of non-cooperation. The Special Committee will therefore not be holding consultations with the relevant Israeli authorities. It will also not be able to access the occupied territories as stipulated in their mandate.

On 3 August, the Committee Members are scheduled to hold consultations in Geneva with concerned Member States and representatives of non-governmental organizations.

The Special Committee will issue an end-of-mission press statement, and later submit a full report* on its mission and other activities to the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly.

(*) Check the Special Committee’s 2014 report: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/69/355 

The United Nations Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories was established by the UN General Assembly in December 1968 to examine the human rights situation in the occupied Syrian Golan, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

The Special Committee is composed of three Member States: Sri Lanka (Chair), Malaysia and Senegal. This year the Member States are represented by H.E. Mr. Amrith Rohan Perera, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York; H.E. Mr. Ramlan bin Ibrahim, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the UN in New York; and Mr. Aboubacar Sadikh Barry, Minister Counselor, Permanent Mission of Senegal to the UN in Geneva.

Read: “UN Special Committee concerned over deteriorating health of Palestinian detainees on mass hunger strike” -  http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=14665#sthash.pDpIYvkD.dpuf

UN Human Rights, Country Pages
Occupied Palestinian Territory: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/countries/MENARegion/Pages/PSIndex.aspx
Israel:
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Countries/MENARegion/Pages/ILIndex.aspx

For more information and media requests, please contact Mr. Ajith Sunghay (+41 22 928 93 53 / asunghay@ohchr.org) or Mr. Kiyohiko Hasegawa (+41 22 928 9211 / khasegawa@ohchr.org)

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HR15/219E