The United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday is set to debate a resolution demanding that the international community boycott Israeli settlements. We have the fifth resolution condemning Israel for human rights violations in the Golan Heights is also expected to be approved. By resolution adopted by CDU, five of these are against Israel. The resolutions call on Israel to end settlement activity and demand that Israel fully withdraw to the pre-1967 borders. The problematic activity includes “financial transactions, investments, purchases, procurements, loans, the provision of services, as well as other economic and financial activities in or benefiting Israeli settlements”, the resolution states. Israel isn’t a member of UNHRC but is engaged with the council. It is expected to boycott Monday’s day long debate.
As part of a report presented by the Yemeni Deputy Minister of Human Rights Mohammed Askar during a human rights council meeting in Geneva on Monday, nearly 38,000 Yemeni civilians have been killed and injured at the hands of the Houthi militias and those allied to ex President Saleh since the war began in 2014. Askar also said that Houthi bombing in populate dare as, villages, farmlands and roads led to 673 civilians injured and dead, mostly women and children. Moreover in the report it was declared that 16,804 activists, reporters and academics were kidnapped by the militia and those who have been released suffer from serious health and psycological issues. In the report it was also underlined the use of children to fuel militia’s war.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ra’adZeid al Hussein, requested the release of all political prisoners held by the Venezuelan government, in fact, Hussein said that he continues to receive reports about arbitrary arrests and intimidation directed against the oppositions leaders by the central government. Hussein said he was also deeply concerned about the serious deficiencies in the field of human rights, that would be one of the causes of mass emigration that Venezuela recently suffering.
In a statement by the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Shamdasani, 1476 Yemeni children were reported to have been recruited by Yemen’s warrying parties in particular by Shiite Houthi rebels between March 2015 and January 2017. The number of children is probably higher because many parents are not willing to talk about the recruitment of their children for fear of reprisals. The spokesperson also reminded all parties to the conflict that the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict is strictly forbidden by international human rights law and international humanitarian law and added recruitment of children under 15 is a war crime.
Tunisian Foreign Minister, Jhinaoui, met Jordan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Al Safadi on Ginevra on the sidelines of the 34° session of the Human Rights Council. The talk focused on the need to step up coordination and consultations on challenges confronting the Arab region, notably terrorism, and the Arab Summit set for late March in Amman. The two Minister agreed to examine the ways to increase cooperation in all sector of the two country. Also the Palestine cause, the Libyan crisis and the latest developments in Sirya are been essential point in this meeting.
An international human rights watchdog has called on the Azerbaijani government to stop what it calls the harassment of two lawyers known for representing political prisoners. Robert Herman, vice president for international programs at the U.S.-based NGO Freedom House, said in a November 3 statement that the Azerbaijani government “should end its campaign of innuendo and threats against Elchin Sadiqov and Fariz Namazli, two of the few lawyers in the country who dare to represent political prisoners and bring attention to government wrongdoing.” Herman added that “the [Azerbaijani] government should stop mistreating lawyers for conducting their professional duties.”