Palestinians Score Diplomatic UN Meeting
United Nations Human Rights Council to hold Special Gaza Session Wednesday
Gaza (July 23, 2014) - The Palestinian army, Hamas, is no match for the Israeli Defense Forces, but the Palestinian diplomats have scored a key victory over Israel in the arrangement of a Human Rights Council meeting set to take place on Wednesday.
The Human Rights Council will hold its twenty-first Special Session on Wednesday, 23 July on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.
The President of the Human Rights Council received a letter on Friday, 18 July signed by the Permanent Representative of Egypt on behalf of the Arab Group, the Permanent Representative of Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine containing the request to convene the Special Session.
In order for a Special Session to be convened, the support of one-third of the Council - 16 or more - is required. The request was supported by the following States Members of the Council: Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, China, Cuba, Gabon, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Maldives, Morocco, Namibia, Pakistan, Peru, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.
The request was also supported by the following observer States: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Qatar, Senegal, State of Palestine, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen.
The Special Session will start at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 in Room XX at the Palais des Nations.
The UN Human Rights Council is slated to hold a meeting Wednesday morning over the IDF operation in Gaza, and is expected to issue a severe condemnation of Israel, to include operative steps. The Palestinians and Arab countries have filed the Council with a draft, which includes the establishment of an international commission of inquiry to probe alleged war crimes and violations of international law by Israel.
Despite desperate Israeli lobbying with the Council's member states to prevent the meeting taking place, the Palestinians managed to get the signatures necessary to hold the meeting. The U.S., most of the EU states and additional Western states, including Australia and Canada, are expected to oppose the draft. However, the Palestinians are believed to have a majority.
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