At the start of last week, the Government of Israel imposed a series of severe restrictions on the movement of goods through Kerem Shalom, the main commercial crossing to and from the occupied Gaza Strip, which will remain in place until further notice.
LPHR Human Rights Blog
The United States NGO, Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP), has detailed the recent steps taken by the Israeli government to systematically apply Israeli domestic law to illegal settlements. These developments critically build upon practices already in existence that are raising deep concerns, as summed up in a statement on 1 June by the UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, that Israel’s ‘illegal settlement activity promotes the de facto annexation of the West Bank’.
LPHR remain extremely concerned at the ongoing suffering which the two million residents of Gaza are experiencing due to shortages of electricity. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has just revealed that in both April and May 2018, the Gaza Strip received on average only 4 hours of electricity per day. [Read more…]
The right to participate in free and fair elections is enshrined in every major human rights instrument:
In December 2017, the Israeli human rights organisation, Gisha, published ’10 Years 10 Judgments: How Israel’s courts sanctioned the closure of Gaza’. The report examines 10 significant Israeli High Court of Justice judgments made after Israel’s disengagement from Gaza in August 2005 and the tightening of its closure of the Strip in June 2007. [Read more…]
Last Friday, at the UN Human Rights Council, the UK regrettably voted against a resolution on accountability for alleged serious international crimes committed against Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory.
This morning was the third Universal Periodic Review of Israel at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The UK was one of a number of states that participated in a dialogue with Israel on its human rights record.
In June 2017, the Israeli Government decided to reduce its electricity supply to Gaza by 40 per cent, upon a request from the Palestinian Authority. This decision resulted in an electricity crisis for the residents of Gaza, with households, schools and hospitals receiving only up to 4 hours of electricity per day. [Read more…]
On 22 November 2017, the Israeli Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit, submitted a written response to an Israeli Supreme Court petition against the Land Regularisation Law, in which he maintained his opposition to the law. This blog, which is published one year on from UN Security Council Resolution 2334 that reaffirmed the illegality of settlements, focuses attention on the significance and limitations of Mandelblit’s response.
At the start of this month, the Office of the Prosecutor (“Prosecutor’s Office”) of the International Criminal Court (“the Court”) issued its annual report on Preliminary Examination Activities. The Court undertakes preliminary examinations in order to determine whether a situation complies with the legal criteria established in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“Rome Statute”) and thereby warrants further investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office. The report provides an overview of the examinations currently underway or recently concluded, and includes a review of the situation in Palestine.