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Statement by Mr. Thordur Sigtryggsson


32nd session of the Human Rights Council

Item 4: General Debate

Geneva, 29 June 2016



Mr. President,

My Delegation shares the concerns expressed by the High Commissioner on the situation on the oPt and in Israel, including that the risk of a further sudden escalation of violence remains very real.  As he does we deplore any violence against civilians without regard to who is the perpetrator.  The safety and well-being of civilians must always be ensured.

The core of the problem is the occupation which has just entered its 50th anniversary.  It is abnormal by nature and continues to bring with it violations  international humanitarian law and human rights law by the occupying power towards the occupied Palestinian population.

This includes but is not limited to:

settlement activities;

the blockade against Gaza;

demolitions of Palestinian structures, displacing Palestinian civilans;

reintroduction of punitive demolitions;  

restrictions on freedom of movement; and

excessive use of administrative detention, including that of children.

We call upon Israel to abide fully by its obligations according to international humanitarian and human rights law and for both parties to refrain from any form of violence.

Iceland strongly supports the two state solution which is reflected in our recognition of both Israel and the State of Palestine.  We have long advocated for more involvement by the international community in facilitating a solution to the conflict and note with appreciation the efforts made by France in this regard.

We also hope for the report from the Quartet to bring a tangible input.  

Thank you Mr. President.

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