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8 Israeli rights NGOs urge Israel to cooperate with UNHRC

January 29, 2013 18:47

A group of eight Israeli human rights organizations released a joint statement following the UN Human Rights Council's decision to postpone its Universal Periodic Review of Israel, urging Jerusalem to use the "golden opportunity" to reverse its boycott of the UN body.

"Refusal to participate in the session on human rights first and foremost harms human beings – Israeli citizens and residents and residents of the territory that Israel controls – whose rights were to be the subject of today's session," the groups said. "It is legitimate for Israel to express criticism of the work of the Council and its recommendations, but Israel should do so through engagement with the Universal Periodic Review, as it has done in previous sessions."

The organizations included Gisha, Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Adalah, Bimkom, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, Rabbis for Human Rights, Yesh Din, and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel.

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