International Federation for Human Rights 8 August 2003
The International federation for human rights (FIDH) welcomes the concluding observations issued on 7 August by the UN Human Rights Committee after it examined, from 23 to 25 of July 2003, the situation of political and civil rights in Israel with regard to the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) of 1966.
The FIDH welcomes the fact that the Committee reiterates that, during an armed conflict, the applicability of the regime of international humanitarian law does not preclude the application of the international law of human rights, “including article 4 of the ICCPR which covers situations of public emergency which threaten the life of the nation”, nor does it preclude accountability of States parties under article 2 of the ICCPR for the actions of their authorities outside their own territories, including the Occupied Territories.
Therefore, The FIDH cannot but support the Human Rights Committee’s decision to put forward six of the greatest violations of human rights in the region, mainly resulting from “necessary security measures”.
As a matter of fact, the committee underscores that
The FIDH is very pleased about the fact that the Human Rights Committee paid great attention to the comments provided by the NGOs for human rights that are working on these issues, on a daily basis, either in Israel or in the Occupied Palestinian Territories as well as to the reports produced by international NGOs subsequently to every mission conducted on the field.
The FIDH, while affirming once again its solidarity with the civilian population in Israel when hurt by suicide bombings and recalling that suicide-attacks constitute war crimes, nevertheless expresses its deepest concerns regarding the discriminatory and cruel treatment suffered by the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza as well as in Israel.
The FIDH cannot but strongly call the Israeli authorities to take into consideration the recommendations produced by the Committee in order to get to a real and tangible improvement in the situation of human rights in the region.