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UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices to visit Amman and Cairo on annual mission

GENEVA (27 April 2016) – The United Nations Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories will undertake its annual field visit to Amman and Cairo from 1 to 8 May 2016.

The Special Committee will be meeting with victims, community representatives, witnesses, Israeli and Palestinian non-governmental organizations, officials from Egypt, Jordan and Palestine, and UN representatives to receive testimonies and to hear briefings on a range of human rights issues of concern in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and the occupied Syrian Golan.

As stipulated in the mandate, the Committee has sought concurrence of the Government of Israel to access the Occupied Territories. No response from the Government of Israel has yet been received.

The Special Committee will issue an end of mission press statement, and later submit a full report* on its mission and other activities to the seventy-first session of the UN General Assembly.

(*) Check the Special Committee’s 2015 report: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/70/406

The United Nations Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories was established by the UN General Assembly in December 1968 to examine the human rights situation in the occupied Syrian Golan, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

The Special Committee is composed of three Member States: Sri Lanka (Chair), Malaysia and Senegal. This year the Member States are represented by H.E. Mr. Amrith Rohan Perera, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York; H.E. Mr. Ramlan bin Ibrahim, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the UN in New York; and H.E. Mr. Mame Baba Cisse, Permanent Representative of Senegal to the UN in Geneva.

Read the 2015 end-of-mission statement of the UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices: http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=16303&LangID=E

UN Human Rights, Country Pages
Occupied Palestinian Territory: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/countries/MENARegion/Pages/PSIndex.aspx
Israel: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Countries/MENARegion/Pages/ILIndex.aspx

For more information and media requests, please contact Mr. Ajith Sunghay (+41 22 928 93 53 / asunghay@ohchr.org) or Mr. Kiyohiko Hasegawa (+41 22 928 9211 / khasegawa@ohchr.org)

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