Israel’s Response to Resolution of the UN Commission on Human Rights

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
October 20, 2000

Israel rejects the resolution adopted this evening at the Special Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, with the participation of 53 states.

The resolution which was adopted by a very small majority of Arab states and their supporters is hostile, unbalanced and unnecessary.

Israel is encouraged by the fact that 33 states voted against the resolution or abstained, as opposed to the 19 Arab states and their supporters who voted in favor of it. Thus, most of the member states in effect rejected the resolution.

The resolution calls for the establishment of an international commission of inquiry, and the visit of the Human Rights Commissioner to the region in order to investigate and report to the forthcoming Commission session on Israeli human rights violations in the territories, as well as the sending of a large number of rapporteurs to investigate matters such as racism, arbitrary killings and torture.

Israel will not cooperate in the implementation of the operative clauses of this resolution, and its position will be supported by those countries which opposed the resolution or abstained in the vote.

 
 
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