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Alkarama and forty Arab human rights organizations have issued a joint statement condemning what they qualified as "genocide" and "crimes against humanity" committed by the Israeli occupation authorities against the residents of the Gaza Strip.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Volker Türk, warned of the repercussions of collective punishment imposed by the Israeli occupation authorities against Palestinians in Gaza and the targeting of civilians, stressing that bitter experiences have shown that "vengeance is not the answer, and ultimately innocent civilians pay the price." 

In a joint statement, United Nations human rights experts condemned the forced eviction of Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem, and considered this as the spark that ignited the fuse of an all-out war.

Our concerns

Although Alkarama’s mandate only covers Member States of the Arab League, we also document human rights violations committed by the Israeli authorities, due to the occupation of Palestine.


  • Massive violations of human rights and international humanitarian law during Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip;
  • Effective annexation and continued occupation of Palestinian territories by Israel and its policy of forced eviction through the demolition of Palestinian homes and the construction of illegal settlements;
  • Use of armed force against demonstrators, including children, by the security forces and acts of violence committed by settlers against Palestinians;
  • Impunity and lack of accountability measures against Israel by the UN Member States, in violation of their obligation to uphold international law;
  • Arbitrary detentions, including the misuse of administrative detention of Palestinian prisoners, many of whom are minors.



Human Rights Instruments
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
ICCPR Ratified ?
ICCPR Ratification Date
Individual Complaint procedure with the Human Rights committee (ICCPR Optional protocol 1) Ratified ?
Second Optional Protocol of ICCPR (abolition of death penalty) ratified ?
Next Human Rights Committee State Report due
OVERDUE - State party did not submit report on time
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT)
UNCAT Ratified ?
UNCAT Ratification Date
OPCAT (National Preventive Mechanism) Ratified ?
National Preventive Mechanism (OPCAT) created ?
UNCAT Art 20 (confidential inquiries) ratified ?
UNCAT Art 22 (Individual Complaint procedure) Ratified ?
Next CAT State Report Due
OVERDUE - State party did not submit report on time
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED)
ICPPED Ratified ?
National Human Rights Institution
Accreditation with the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI)