Economic and Social Council 3rd Commission (Human Rights)


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Forum: Economic and Social Council 3rd Commission (Human Rights)
 Delegate: Marianna Kasimakis Issue: Ensuring the protection of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem
 Position: Ghana in Economic and Social Council 3rd Commission (Human Rights)

In relation to the broader Middle-East issue, Ghana wishes to recall the need to work towards shifting from the current deadlock to a situation benefiting all parties in the Middle East. Ghana has consistently been supporting a two-State solution meeting the aspirations of both peoples by means of a peaceful settlement based on United Nations resolutions, with an independent, democratic, viable and contiguous Palestinian State living side-by-side in peace and security with Israel and its other neighbors. A sovereign and independent democratic Palestinian State, underpinned by well-functioning institutions, would be in a better position to cooperate with Israel and guarantee its security in a sustainable way, on the understanding that there is also a need to eliminate all direct and indirect threats to Israel’s security or existence.

Coming now to the specific issue in hand, Ghana calls for an end by all sides to all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). These mainly involved unlawfully killings of civilians, including children, in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank; excessive use of force; arbitrary arrests and illegal detention and abuse, including beatings, torture and ill-treatment of Palestinians opposing continued m...