UN Human Rights Council begins ahead of key Palestine votes

In the last week of this 37th session, the Council will once again discuss the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) in a session named Agenda Item 7.
There, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, Professor Michael Lynk, will release his new report, on health, and states will again vote on a series of resolutions on human rights and accountability in the oPt.
Last year, following a lead from the United States, the UK stated its opposition to this standing item, Agenda Item 7, and abstained on the accountability resolution despite having supported in 2015 and on the resolution on the issue of settlements which it had supported at the UN Security Council in 2016. Given that this continues to be the longest ongoing military occupation globally, that it has been accompanied by such systemic and widespread breaches of international humanitarian and human rights law and that these breaches continue to be committed with impunity, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) and many others consider these resolutions to be essential to reiterate established legal positions and to help keep the possibility of accountability alive.
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