Norway is concerned about the human rights situation in The Palestinian Territory. The occupation of the West Bank, East-Jerusalem and Gaza denies the Palestinian people the fundamental right of self-determination. For the Palestinians to enjoy full human rights, ending the occupation and establishing a Palestinian state is first required.
Norway deplores Israeli authorities’ legalisation of new housing units and approval for expanding settlements. This policy is a violation of international law and undermines the prospects for a two-state solution.
We have also seen an increase in settler violence against Palestinians and Palestinian property. A large majority of the complaints filed are shelved, according to OCHA. As an occupying power Israel has a responsibility to prosecute those responsible.
The increased demolitions of Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem and Area C, as well as the revocation of residency rights in East Jerusalem are clear violations of the Palestinian population’s human rights.
It is Norway’s view that a responsibility rests on all authorities – Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the de facto authorities in Gaza, to uphold international human rights.
Norway deplores the rocket attacks from the Gaza strip against Israel. The lack of discrimination between civilian and military targets makes these attacks clear violations of international humanitarian law.
Norway supports OHCHR’s demand to the de facto authorities in Gaza to instruct all security forces not to torture or mistreat detainees and investigate and hold responsible those who commit such atrocities.
Norway also supports OHCHR’s demand that the PA stop politically motivated arrests and detention of political adversaries. We are encouraged by new legislation forbidding military trials for civilians and expect the PA to fully adhere to this.
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