11 March 2016
ITEM 3 - General Debate
Full text of the statement:
Thank you Mr. President,
This is a Joint Statement by the International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and Geneva International Centre for Justice.
The last years have seen no hold up to the brutal violence and absolute disregard for human rights in the world. We are alarmed by these developments and the further lack of tangible actions to remedy any of the situations. Geopolitical interests of regional and global powers have sadly forced the issues and regards for human rights to be ignored and overshadowed.
Israel’s unhindered occupation of Palestine and its continuing violations of the rights of the Palestinians constitute grave crimes against humanity and absolute disregard for international law.
Recent senseless sectarian violence that has become a part of daily life in many parts of the Middle East from the area of the Mashriq to Yemen is alarming. Syria and Yemen have also borne the brunt of the subversive actions of certain states in the region, in fomenting sectarian divisions and its accompanying violence.
Iraq is a country that has enjoyed a history of general peace and prosperity. However, since the illegal US led invasion and its following occupation we have seen a deterioration the social fabric of the country.
The year 2016 began with actions of deplorable ethnic cleansing and forced displacement of certain ethnic and religious populations, especially in Diyala province. These actions of the militias were made possible through the corporation of the militias and government forces with the support of foreign state actors.
Unfortunately, certain countries in the region are deeply involved in supporting militias and their actions well outside their own borders. We call on all parties to refrain from targeting civilians and creating societal divisions that only fan the flames of hatred. Furthermore, calling on all combatant parties to ensure the safety and well-being of the civilian populations.
I Thank you.
31st Session of the Human Rights Council - Item 3 - Mr Boris Blasberg
11 March 2016