The State of Palestine welcomes the adoption by the Human Rights Council of a historic resolution on the establishment of an ongoing and independent commission of inquiry to investigate Israel’s violations of international law, in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel.
The resolution reflects the determination of the international community to address and investigate Israel’s systematic violations of international law, including its protracted racist policies and repression of the Palestinian people.
This landmark resolution is an indisputable international recognition of Israel’s systemic oppression and discrimination against the Palestinian people, including the systematic denial of basic human rights. This reality of apartheid and impunity can no longer be ignored.
Today, states that stood on the right side of history and voted in favor of the resolution affirmed the principle of accountability and respect for international rights. They elevated and reaffirmed the centrality of the Human Rights Council and the multilateral system in general. All States and relevant parties must now fully cooperate with the commission to hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes and achieve justice for the victims.
The humanity and dignity of the Palestinian people have been vindicated and their hope in justice revived. This was long overdue.