The Independent Commission for Human Rights Presents an Overview of the Situation of Rights and Freedoms during its Reception of a Delegation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Ramallah \ ICHR received a delegation of Independent Permanent Commission of Human Rights of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation which visits Palestine today to prepare a report on Israeli violations of human rights and the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory. It shall submit this report to the summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference which shall be held in Turkey next week.

Ilham Ibrahim, Delegation's Head, talked about the objectives of the visit and pointed to the suffering of the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation. She assured that her delegation shall submit specific recommendations to the Members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference concerning Israeli violations and Gaza blockade.

Dr. Farseen Shaheen, ICHR's General Commissioner, presented an overview of the situation of human rights in Palestine, emphasizing that ongoing Israeli occupation constitutes the first and major violation of these rights. She shed light on Israeli occupation arbitrary measures, including murder, home demolition, isolation of Jerusalem, settlement expansion, restriction of citizens' movement within the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza Strip.

Representatives of the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council who attended the meeting presented interventions about the situation of human rights and freedoms in Palestine. They focused on the issues of prisoners, extrajudicial killings, restriction of movement, lands' confiscation, settlements, apartheid wall, judaization of Jerusalem and the blockade imposed on Gaza Strip.

They emphasized the effectiveness of economic boycott of the occupying power which every individual and State can implement. They also concentrated on the importance of promoting the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in light of the ability of many Islamic States to provide support in the areas of health and education, mainly to the citizens of occupied Jerusalem.

Noteworthy is that Israeli occupation forces prohibited some members of the guest delegation from entering the Palestinian territory. After three years of attempts, only five members of the delegation were let through.

The delegation is expected to make field visits to the refugee camps and the areas close to the apartheid wall. It is also expected to hold several political and official meetings.