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Dr. Ashrawi: Israel Must be Held Accountable for Refusing to Attend HRC Review

Ashrawi calls on the HRC to shoulder its responsibility.

PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi
PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi

(EAST JERUSALEM, Occupied Palestine) - On Wednesday, PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, called on the international community to hold Israel accountable for refusing to attend its Universal Periodic Review conducted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), which was scheduled to take place Tuesday of this week.

"Israel's refusal to attend the HRC review is reprehensible and constitutes an egregious violation of international and humanitarian law, as well as a deliberate insult to this international body," said Ashrawi

She also said, "In postponing the review until October, the HRC is setting a dangerous precedent by allowing Israel to flout the will of the international community and get away with its illegal policies and measures that violate the basic human rights of the Palestinian people."

Ashrawi concluded, "We call on the HRC to shoulder its responsibility to promote and protect the 'universal ideals of human dignity' and hold Israel accountable for its blatant disregard for international law. Israel is not above the law and it should not be rewarded for repeatedly slighting members of the international community."On Wednesday 30th January, PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, called on the international community to hold Israel accountable for refusing to attend its Universal Periodic Review conducted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), which was scheduled to take place Tuesday, January 29.

"Israel's refusal to attend the HRC review is reprehensible and constitutes an egregious violation of international and humanitarian law, as well as a deliberate insult to this international body," said Ashrawi

She also said, "In postponing the review until October, the HRC is setting a dangerous precedent by allowing Israel to flout the will of the international community and get away with its illegal policies and measures that violate the basic human rights of the Palestinian people."

Ashrawi concluded, "We call on the HRC to shoulder its responsibility to promote and protect the 'universal ideals of human dignity' and hold Israel accountable for its blatant disregard for international law. Israel is not above the law and it should not be rewarded for repeatedly slighting members of the international community."

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