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Call for Submissions: Thematic report to the UN General Assembly on the right to self-determination

Issued by

Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967


Submissions now online (See below)

Purpose: To inform the report to be presented to the General Assembly in October 2022


The thematic report of the Special Rapporteur, Ms. Francesca Albanese, to the General Assembly in October 2022 will focus on the status of the right of self-determination for the Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory, its meaning and implications for the Palestinian people.  While recognized as a fundamental and inalienable right of the Palestinian people, meaning and implications of this right remain to be fully explained.

Key questions and types of input/comments sought

To inform her report, Ms. Albanese welcomes contributions from States, local and regional governments, national human rights institutions, human rights defenders, civil society organisations, academics, UN agencies and other stakeholders, on any of the following issues:

  • What is the foundation of Palestinian self-determination (e.g. legally, politically)?
  • How have Palestinians articulated their entitlement to self-determination?
  • What have been the most grievous violations of the Palestinians’ right to self-determination: from a political, economic and cultural point of view?
  • How has the denial of the right to self-determination affected key aspects of life of the Palestinians, particularly in the occupied Palestinian territory?
  • What is necessary for the Palestinians to enjoy their right to self-determination? What would this look like?
  • How can Palestinians defend or enforce their right to self-determination?
  • What rights and obligations do third parties – e.g. the UN, other international organizations, individual states, civil society, corporations – have in relation to the realization of self-determination of the Palestinian people?
  • What are the experiences and lessons learnt, regarding the realization of the right to self-determination elsewhere in recent years, which may be applicable to the occupied Palestinian territory?
  • Any other relevant information, which would assist the Special Rapporteur in drafting the report.

Respondents are requested to limit their comments to a maximum of 3,000 words.

Additional supporting materials, such as reports, academic studies, and other types of background materials may be annexed to the submission.

Treatment of inputs/comments received

By default, all submissions will remain confidential. If you would like your submission to be published on the website of the Special Rapporteur, please explicitly indicate this in your submission.

Inputs Received