The Human Rights Committee, headed by Representative Tarek Radwan, Chairman of the Committee, held a meeting with the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) and a large group of civil society organizations in order to document the crimes of the Israeli occupation against civilians in the Gaza Strip and all Palestinian territories.
Ambassador Moushira Khattab confirmed that NCHR, which chairs the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions, has condemned since the outbreak of the crisis the policies practiced by the Israeli occupation authorities, which bear the full responsibility to ensure the safety and security of Palestinian civilians.
It also called on national human rights institutions in the Arab world to submit a request to hold an urgent and special meeting of the International Human Rights Council in Geneva and to submit a complete file of all violations that occurred in Palestine by the occupying authority.
Khattab stressed the importance of the ICC Prosecutor’s announcement that Israel had violated international humanitarian law in its war on the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian territories.
The President of NCHR praised the report prepared by the Human Rights Committee of the House of Representatives, which will contribute significantly to the report that will be submitted to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Moushira Khattab emphasized monitoring violations by the Israeli occupation authorities of all rules of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, specifically under the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. It also represents a violation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women - a violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child - a violation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the rights of migrant workers and enforced disappearances. All of these international agreements have been violated, and the international community must bear responsibility for the loss of the lives of the Palestinian martyrs.
The Human Rights Committee of the House of Representatives issued a statement of the recommendations that resulted from the meeting and work to implement them in the next stage, which are:
• Develop a vision and plan with specific tasks and implementation stages to communicate with the relevant committees in the European parliaments, the United States and Canada, as well as interested parliaments in the countries of South America, Asia and Africa, to mobilize efforts to pressure Israel to stop the forced displacement of Palestinians from Gaza to Egypt and from north to south Gaza and urgently allow aid to enter them.
• Building a network of relationships with important international civil society organizations that took remarkable positions during the crisis to mobilize their efforts and cooperate with them in order to achieve the following:
• Holding an emergency session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which includes briefings from the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and other representatives of civil society on the nature of the violations that took place in Gaza throughout the period of the events and to determine the nature of The responsibilities of the parties thereto.
• Submitting a draft resolution to the United Nations Human Rights Council regarding grave violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in Gaza, and assigning the independent international investigation commission on the occupied Palestinian territory, formed by the Human Rights Council, to begin an urgent field investigation into international crimes committed in the Gaza Strip during October 2023 and beyond.
• Leading a collective movement to demand that the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court urgently send an investigation mission to Gaza and the West Bank, to collect evidence, hear testimonies, and document all possible crimes within the jurisdiction of the court, whether war crimes, crimes against humanity, the crime of genocide, or incitement to commit them.
• Organizing a number of public and private meetings in important capitals in order to explain the Egyptian position in support of the Palestinian cause and the dangers that threaten the peace process in the region as a result of Israeli attacks and deprivation of the Palestinians’ right to an independent state on their lands, including East Jerusalem.