Call for Submissions


Accountability, and its absence, has become a central issue in the almost 53-year-old Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territory. The central organs of the United Nations have adopted hundreds of resolutions determining that the Israeli settlements are illegal, the annexation of East Jerusalem is null and void, the location of the Wall violates international law, human rights violations are pervasive and the Palestinian people are entitled to self-determination.

Yet, the occupation continues to thicken, Gaza remains besieged and further steps towards more annexation are in the air. Israel, the occupying power, has not faced serious consequences for its serial violations of international law, the existing rebukes have been ineffective, and the international community has not drawn from its extensive menu of counter-measures to ensure compliance.

The UN Special Rapporteur for the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk, is planning to devote his October 2020 report to the General Assembly's 75th session on the issue of accountability, impunity and the responsibility of the international community. This will be a follow-up to his report on accountability presented in October 2019 to the General Assembly.

The Special Rapporteur is inviting Governments, civil society, the academy, international organizations and other interested stakeholders to present submissions, concise comments and/or existing materials focusing on one or more of the following:

  1. What is the legal and political responsibility of the international community, particular governments and international organizations, when a state refuses to comply with its legal duties and the express direction of international institutions?
  2. In the modern history of counter-measures applied by international organizations and states against outlier states who are in profound violation of international law, what are the examples of success? And what are the lessons we can draw from the examples of failure?
  3. What would be appropriate and effective counter-measures to ensure accountability in the context of Israel's occupation of the OPT?
  4. What are the contributions that civil society, the academy, international organizations and other stakeholders can make to ensure accountability in this context?

The SR would appreciate any inputs you may have on the overall topic of accountability and any of the above sub-headings by 31 May 2020. They may be sent to sropt@ohchr.org using the email title: "Submission for Accountability Study."

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