Right of Peoples to Self-Determination

Statement by Ms. Nadya Rasheed, First Counsellor, before the Third Committee, Agenda item 68: Right of Peoples to Self-Determination,

68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 5 November 2013

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The right to self-determination is enshrined in Article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Article 1 of those two Covenants also obliges States parties, including those having responsibility for the administration of Non-Self-Governing and Trust Territories, to promote the realization of the right to self-determination and to respect it, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.

Even though, the ICCPR and ICESCR are part of the universally recognized International Bill of Human Rights, these Covenants along with all aspects of international law and humanitarian law, which are all applicable to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, have been deliberately ignored for more than four decades by Israel, the occupying Power. To take it a step further and to be more factual, not only have they been ignored by the occupying Power, but they have been violated, trampled on and violently withheld from the Palestinian people under its occupation. [Read more…]

Promotion and Protection of Human Rights

Statement by Ms. Nadya Rasheed, First Counsellor, before the Third Committee, 68th session, on Agenda Item 69(c): Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, 30 October 2013:

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 At the outset, allow me on behalf of the Palestinian people to express our sincere appreciation to the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Professor Richard Falk, for the outstanding manner in which he has carried out his mandate. The Palestinian people will forever be grateful to Professor Falk for his determination to address the historic injustice inflicted on the Palestinian people by an occupying Power who has day in and day out violated nearly every single one of their inherent human rights. We continue to place on record our deep regret that the occupying Power obstructed the efforts of the Special Rapporteur to fulfill his mandate by denying him entry into Occupied Palestine despite the fact that such cooperation is a fundamental legal obligation incident to membership in the organization. In this regard, we also wish to express our sheer disappointment that no real action was taken by the UN to remedy this grievous situation and bring Israel into compliance.  [Read more…]

Statement by Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour, before the United Nations Security Council, Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question on 22 October 2013

 Mr. President,

At the outset, I congratulate Azerbaijan on its Presidency of the Security Council this month under your able leadership. We also express appreciation for Australia’s skilled leadership of the Council in September.

I thank Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, for his briefing.

Mr. President,

When we addressed the Security Council at the last open debate in July, we appealed to the international community to act upon its political, legal and moral obligations towards the question of Palestine and Palestinian-Israeli peace.  We stressed the need for meaningful steps to support the peace process towards fulfillment of the decades-long promise to assist the Palestinian people to realize their rights and justice, including a just solution for the plight of the Palestine refugees, and to realize their freedom in their independent State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, living side by side with Israel in peace and security on the basis of the 4 June 1967 borders, the foundation of peace in the Middle East. [Read more…]

Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children

Statement by Ms. Reem Julia Mansour, Esq., Legal Adviser, before the Third Committee, agenda item 65: Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children,

68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 18 October 2013

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Mr. Chairman,

             In recent years progressive strides have been made in advancing children’s rights and increasing children’s protection through laws, partnerships, programs and the cooperation of the international community of this common goal. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the primary international instrument for the protection and promotion of children’s rights outlining the necessities for the full and harmonious development of children, all while ensuring their safety and well-being. Additionally, international law, and specifically humanitarian law and human rights law, govern the protection and promote the rights of children around the world. These international legal tools apply to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem; unfortunately they are being blatantly violated by Israel, the occupying Power. [Read more…]

Questions Relating to Information

Statement by Mr. Yussef Kanaan, Senior Adviser, before the 4th Committee, on agenda item (55): Questions relating to information,

68th Session of United Nations General Assembly, New York  17 October 2013

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 Mr. Chair,

At the outset, I wish to extend our sincere congratulations to you on your assumption of the Chair of this Committee, as well as to the distinguished Bureau members. We have full confidence in your ability to efficiently steer its work to success. We express our gratitude and appreciation to the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information for his valuable efforts and for the informative, comprehensive statement to the Committee.

Before proceeding, I wish to affirm that my delegation aligns itself with the important statement made by the distinguished Permanent Representative of Fiji on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. [Read more…]

Advancement of Women

Statement by Mrs. Somaia Barghouti, Senior Adviser, before the Third Committee, on agenda item 28: Advancement of Women,

68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 16 October 2013

I am honored to address the Committee today for the first time on behalf of the State of Palestine, following the historic decision by the General-Assembly to accord Palestine nonmember observer State status in the United Nations. I would like to begin by congratulating you, and the other members of the Bureau on your election, wishing you all success.

The effect of armed or other kinds of conflict on women, including those living under foreign occupation, is one of the critical areas of concern of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. There are many recommendations for action in this important document, which if implemented, will significantly contribute to the realization of the objectives of the Declaration. One of these recommendations calls upon Governments, the international community and civil society to take strategic actions regarding all critical areas of concern, and to develop and implement mechanisms of accountability. We believe such action is necessary for the advancement of the goals of equality, development and peace for women worldwide, especially those still suffering from the detrimental consequences of the unjust and unstable situations of armed conflict, including foreign occupation. [Read more…]

The Rule of Law at the National and International levels

Statement by Mr. Yousef N. Zeidan, Legal Adviser, before the Sixth Committee, Agenda item 85: the rule of law at the national and international levels,

68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 11 October 2013

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Mr. Chairman,

            At the outset, I wish to extend warmest congratulations to you and through you to the distinguished bureau on your election for this session. I would also like to assure you that my delegation stands ready to cooperate with you in order to succeed in our collective work.

             The State of Palestine aligns itself with the statement made by Iran on behalf of the NAM.

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Statement by H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, at the General Debate of the Sixty-eighth Session of the United Nations General Assembly – New York, 26 September 2013

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ARABIC – ORIGINAL – عربي

Mr. President of the General Assembly of the United Nations,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, I extend my congratulations to H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremić on his outstandingly successful presidency of the previous session of the General Assembly, and I congratulate Mr. John Ashe upon his assumption of this session’s Presidency and wish him all success.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honored to address you today, and for the first time in the name of the State of Palestine, before the United Nations General Assembly, after your historic decision last 29 November to raise Palestine’s status to that of an observer State.  As representatives of your Governments and of your peoples, you have championed justice, right, and peace, and thereby affirmed your refusal of occupation, and stood for principles and ethics and on the side of peoples yearning for freedom. For this, I present you again today with my deepest thanks and gratitude, in the name of Palestine and of its people.

The Palestinian people celebrated this resolution, because they rightly felt that they did not stand alone in the world, but that the world stands with them, and because they realized that the result of your overwhelming vote meant that justice is still possible and that there still is room for hope. [Read more…]

Statement by Ms. Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the Special Event on the occasion of United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation – The India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Fund, 12 September 2013

Excellencies,

Distinguished Delegates,

It is an honor and pleasure for me, on behalf of the State of Palestine, to participate in this event today on the occasion of the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation. I wish to take this opportunity to join other delegations in highlighting and commending the important and very positive developmental impact of the India, Brazil and South Africa – IBSA – Fund in my country.  [Read more…]

Statement by Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour, before the United Nations Security Council, Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine Question on 23 July 2013,

 

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Mme. President,

At the outset I would like to congratulate the United States of America on this month of Presidency of the Security Council, recognizing your skilled leadership, including the current efforts being exerted to advance peace and a more stable, secure Middle East. We also express appreciation to the United Kingdom for its efficient leadership of the Council in June.

I also thank Mr. Robert Serry, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Special Coordinator of the United Nations, for his briefing and tireless effort on the ground.

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