GENEVA, 29 November 2019 – The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was commemorated today at a Special Meeting held at the United Nations Office in Geneva, which was organized in observance of General Assembly resolution 32/40B. The Geneva Centre attended the Special meeting and joined the international community in reaffirming its commitment to upholding the rights of the Palestinian people.

Mr António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, in his message read by Ms Tatiana Valovaya, the Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, underlined that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remained one of the most intractable challenges facing the international community. Regrettably, he said, over the past year, there had been no positive developments, and the situation on the ground continued to deteriorate.

The fifty-first report, released in November 2019 by the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories contained developments concerning a number of issues of concern, notably the continued expansion of Israeli settlements, the destruction and confiscation of Palestinian property, increased settler violence, the exploitation of natural resources, the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the lack of accountability for violations.

The Geneva Centre takes the opportunity to express its entire solidarity with the Palestinian civilians who, for more than 70 years, have endured many tragedies and hardships, seeing their homes demolished and living in dire humanitarian conditions.

The Geneva Centre is deeply concerned about the fate of 5.3 million Palestinian refugees, and particularly condemns the extreme physical and psychological violence which Palestinian people, including women and children, suffer in administrative detention and during protests.

The Geneva Centre firmly believes that Palestinian people should enjoy the same fundamental human rights – proclaimed in the United Nations Charter and in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights – as all people in the world. The cruel practices should never become the norm, and no peace, security and justice are possible under occupation. We therefore reiterate that all efforts at governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental level should be redoubled to create the necessary environment to facilitate a peaceful dialogue and conflict resolution at all levels.

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