PRESS RELEASE : Israel withdraws from United Nations UPR

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Wednesday 2nd January 2013

IHRC is outraged at Israel’s decision to withdraw from the United Nations Universal Periodic Review.  This blatant disregard of the United Nations Human Rights Council should not go unchallenged.  The United Nations is a universally recognised body and we cannot have one rule for Israel and another rule for everyone else.

This is the first time in history that a state has suspended cooperation with the Human Rights council.  IHRC finds it extremely hypocritical of Israel to suspend their cooperation at this point.  Israel has made 129 recommendations to 36 States from all regional groups.  Yet, when it is now time for Israel’s turn to be the subject of the review it wishes not to face up to the same scrutiny as it has afforded others.

Chair of IHRC, Massoud Shadjareh said, “If Israel will not allow for itself to be accountable to the review process, then there should be severe consequences; it sets a very dangerous precedent.  Sanctions should be placed against Israel for their rogue acts and Israel’s blatant human rights abuses need to be exposed.”

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The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a new and unique mechanism of the Human Rights Council (HRC) aiming at improving the human rights situation on the ground of each of the 193 United Nations (UN) Member States. More information can be found here http://www.upr-info.org/-UPR-Process-.html

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