Statement of Iceland at the 27th Session of the Human Rights Council
Item 7: General debate
Twenty-seventh session of the Human Rights Council
Geneva, 22 September 2014
Iceland deplores the loss of civilian life and destruction of property during the recent conflict in Gaza. We call on all sides to cooperate with the recently established Commission of Inquiry to ensure that alleged violations of human rights – by all parties – are fully investigated. Without justice or accountability, there will be no foundation for lasting peace.
While welcoming the ceasefire in late August and expressing hope for its extension, we echo the Secretary-General's warning that any peace effort that does not tackle the root causes of the crisis will do little more than set the stage for the next cycle of violence.
The occupation continues to violate the most basic human rights of Palestinians; including their freedom of movement, their property rights, their right to assembly and freedom of expression, their right to education and health, and their equal access to justice and due process.
The recent land confiscation by Israel in the West Bank, the largest of its kind in decades, was justifiably condemned by the international community. We urge Israel to cease and dismantle all settlement activities in Palestinian territory.
We further call on both parties to resume meaningful negotiations towards a final status agreement that addresses all core issues and ends the 47-year occupation. The two-state solution is the only viable option for Israel and Palestine to live side by side in peace and security.
Thank you, Mr. President.
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