UNHRC headquarters 311 (R).
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The United Nations Human Rights Council is set to vote on six resolutions on
Israel, but only one that focuses on Iran and none on Libya, as it wraps up its
16th session Thursday and Friday.
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One of the resolutions asks that the
Security Council consider referring the situation in the “occupied Palestinian
territories” to the International Criminal Court.
Overall the council is
due to pass 38 resolutions, out of which 14 deal with individual
The UNHRC is expected to pass resolutions criticizing human
rights in Myanmar, North Korea and Cote d’Ivoire. It also has resolutions
dealing with change in Burundi, Tunisia, the Republic of Congo and the Republic
When it comes to Iran the council’s short resolution calls for
the creation of a special rapporteur to look at the situation of human rights.
But it does not condemn any human rights violations in that country.
respect to Israel however, it has issued six resolutions. One resolution is on
the Golan Heights, another on last May’s Gaza flotilla incident and a third on
the Palestinian right to self-determination.
Two resolutions deal with
the Israeli presence in the West Bank and east Jerusalem and the sixth is a
resolution based on the work of the panel which monitors Israeli compliance with
the 2009 fact-finding mission into Operation Cast Lead, otherwise known as the
Four of the resolutions speak of illegal Israeli
activity and human rights violations.
Votes on the resolutions come in
the same week that Palestinians in Gaza launched a barrage of rockets against
southern Israel and a woman was killed and 39 other people were wounded by a
bomb at the Jerusalem Central Bus Station.
Within the resolution on the
Goldstone Report on Gaza is a call by the UNHRC for the General Assembly to
reconsider that report, which strongly attacks Israeli for grave human rights
violations and possible war crimes, during its 2011 session.
It asks that
the General Assembly refer the Goldstone Report to the Security Council for
It further asks that the Security Council consider
referring the situation in the “occupied Palestinian territories” to the
International Criminal Court.
According to nongovernmental group UN
Watch, which monitors the Human Rights Council’s activity, prior to its 16th
session the council had approved 51 resolutions dealing with individual
countries, out of which 35 were about Israel.