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Anti-Israel Resolutions at the UN Human Rights Council: 1st Council Year (2006-2007)

Resolution Sponsors Summary Analysis Status
Human rights situation in Palestine and other Occupied Arab Territories
11 members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (“Islamic Group countries”), and Cuba “Requests the relevant special rapporteurs to report…on the Israeli human rights violations in occupied Palestine...”

“Decides to undertake substantive consideration of the human rights violations…of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and other occupied Arab territories...”

Condemns Israel but ignores Palestinian violations.

Calls for expert reports with Israel prejudged as guilty.

Forces focus on Israel’s conduct at every future Council meeting.

Adopted, 6/30/06

Vote: 29 Yes, 12 No, 5 Abstain

Human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
14 Islamic Group countries, Cuba

“Express[es] deep concern at the breaches by Israel…of international humanitarian law and human rights law...”

“Expresses grave concern at the violations of the human rights of the Palestinian people caused by the Israeli occupation... Decides to dispatch an urgent fact-finding mission...”

Condemns Israel for military actions in Gaza but ignores Hamas attack precipitating crisis.

Ignores ongoing Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians.

Demands fact-finding mission to examine only Israeli conduct.

Adopted, 7/6/06

Vote: 29 Yes, 11 No, 5 Abstain

The grave situation of human rights in Lebanon caused by Israeli military
12 Islamic Group countries, Cuba

“Condemn[s] Israeli military operations in Lebanon, which constitute gross and systematic human rights violations of the Lebanese people...”

“Appalled at the massive violations of the human rights of the people of Lebanon by Israel resulting in the massacre of thousands of civilians...Outraged at the continuing senseless killings by Israel, with impunity, of children, women, the elderly and other civilians...”

Condemns only Israeli conduct; ignores Hezbollah’s incursion into Israel, firing of rockets at Israeli civilians, and use of Lebanese civilians as human shields.

Creates inquiry commission to investigate only Israeli conduct.

Complicates Security Council peace effort.

Adopted, 8/11/06

Vote: 27 Yes, 11 No, 8 Abstain

Human rights violations emanating from Israeli military incursions in the Occupied Territory, including the recent one in Northern Gaza and the assault on Beit Hanoun
13 Islamic Group countries, South Africa, Cuba  “Israeli military incursions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including the recent incursion in northern Gaza and the assault on Beit Hanoun, constitute a collective punishment...Israeli willful killing of Palestinian civilians, including women and children, constitutes a gross violation of human rights law and international humanitarian law...Decides to dispatch urgently a high-level fact-finding mission…to travel to Beit protect Palestinian civilians against any further Israeli assaults...”

Neglects to mention that Hamas was the aggressor by launching Kassam rockets against Israeli civilian centers, using its fellow citizens as human shields by attacking from urban areas.

Omits to mention Israel had fully withdrawn from Gaza only to be attacked from the territory it left.

Dispatches fact-finding mission to investigate Israel only; makes no distinction between intentional killings and accidents of war.

Adopted, 11/15/06

Vote: 32 Yes, 8 No, 6 Abstain
Human rights in the Occupied Syrian Golan
8 Islamic Group countries, Cuba

Expresses “deep concern at the suffering of the Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan...”

“Calls upon Israel to desist from its repressive measures against them...”

One-sided, ignores Syrian rejectionism and sponsorship of terrorism.

Redundant to 2 resolutions adopted this year by the General Assembly

Adopted, 11/27/06

Vote: 32 Yes, 1 No, 14 Abstain
Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and in the Occupied Golan
11 Islamic Group countries, Cuba “Express[es] grave concern about the continuing construction, contrary to international law, by Israel of the wall inside the Occupied Palestinian Territory...”

Unbalanced text ignores Palestinian terrorism and other violations.

Redundant to resolutions adopted this year by the General Assembly.

Adopted, 11/27/06

Vote: 45 Yes, 1 No, 1 Abstain
Human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: Follow-up on Res. S-1/1
11 Islamic Group countries, Cuba “Calls for the speedy implementation of its resolution S-1/1...” (see A/HRC/S-1/1 above) Requires Israel to comply with one-sided factfinding mission. Adopted, 12/8/06

Vote: 34 Yes, 1 No, 12 Abstain
Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Lebanon
Pakistan on behalf of the Islamic Group “Recall[s] resolution S-2/1…on ‘The grave situation of human rights in Lebanon caused by Israeli military operations...’” (see A/HRC/S-2/1 above) Adopts and requires follow-up action on one-sided report. Adopted without vote, 12/8/06
Human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: follow-up to the Human Rights Council Res. S-1/1 and S-3/1
Algeria for the Arab Group and Pakistan for the Islamic Group “Regret that Israel, the occupying Power, has not implemented to date these two resolutions and hindered the dispatching of the urgent fact-finding missions...” Criticizes Israel for refusing to cooperate with fact-finding missions that were deemed one-sided by major democracies and human rights groups. Adopted without vote, 3/27/07
Institution-building of
the UN Human Rights
Council Purportedly adopted by consensus on 6/18/07

(Note: Canada requested to vote against the resolution, on the basis of its selective treatment of Israel and other grounds, but was denied the right to vote.)
Human Rights
Council President
Luis Alfonso de Alba, following consultations with Council members

“[Agenda] Item 7: Human Rights Situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories. Human rights violations and implications of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and other occupied Arab territories. Right to self determination of the Palestinian people.”

“Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. (The duration of this mandate has been established until the end of the occupation.)”

Singles out Israel for permanent indictment as the only country subjected to a standing agenda item, at every Council session. Adoption of this item was criticized by S-G Ban Ki-moon on 6/20/07.

Extends indefinitely the one-sided mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Palestine, which investigates only Israeli actions, all of which are presumed in advance to be violations. The only geographic mandate of the Council not subjected to regular review.

Purportedly adopted by consensus, 6/18/07


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