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Call for Submissions under Human Rights Council Resolution 31/35 Ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

On 24 March 2016, at its thirty-first session, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 31/35 entitled “Ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem”.

Operative paragraph 8 “Requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to conduct a comprehensive review detailing the status of implementation of the recommendations addressed to all parties since 2009 by the relevant Human Rights Council mechanisms, namely previous fact-finding missions, the commission of inquiry and special procedures, and by United Nations treaty bodies, the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General in his reports to the Human Rights Council, and to identify patterns of non-compliance, non-implementation and non-cooperation, to propose follow-up measures to ensure implementation, and to present a report to the Council at its thirty-fifth session;”

Information on the status of the recommendations covered by the review is being gathered through publicly available sources as well as targeted requests for information. Given the focus of a large part of the recommendations on accountability of all duty-bearers, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) hereby invites submissions on the implementation of the following recommendation and related action taken to ensure compliance with international law and accountability for violations:

“All parties should establish accountability mechanisms providing for law-based, independent, impartial, transparent and accessible investigations of alleged breaches of international human rights and humanitarian law in accordance with their respective obligations. Such investigations must hold perpetrators to account and provide redress to victims where violations are found to have occurred…” (A/HRC/10/22, para. 102)

OHCHR invites all interested individuals, entities and organizations to submit relevant information and documentation that will assist in determining the status of implementation of the above recommendation and/or other measures towards compliance and accountability of the relevant duty bearers.

Kindly limit any submission to a maximum of 2000 words and indicate relevant contact details for any further communication. The identity of sources of information will be kept confidential, unless the submission indicates a willingness to be named as a source.

Any information submitted to OHCHR in writing should be sent to the following email address: registry@ohchr.org.

Submissions should be received no later than 26 March 2017.