Ramallah - The Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) testified before the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories. Ms. Aisha Ahmed made the ICHR’s testimony before the Commission, which convened in Jordan’s capital Amman lately. The testimony addressed Israel’s attacks on, and violations of, Palestinian human rights during the current Palestinian popular uprising, highlighting abuses of the right to education throughout the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).
The ICHR’s testimony included a review of arbitrary policies and measures imposed by the Israeli occupying authorities, including restrictions on the right to freedom of movement and denial of safe access to educational institutions on checkpoints and Wall gates. Israeli troops and settlers also attack Palestinian students, negatively impacting progress of the educational process. Violations of the right to education marked a rise throughout 2015.
Special attention was paid to schools in Area C, which suffer from more arbitrary Israeli abuses and policies. In this area, many schools are located in close proximity to areas of friction in the West Bank. In addition to military campaigns, closure and detentions, the ICHR’s testimony addressed Israel’s violation of the principles of International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In its testimony, the ICHR demanded that the United Nations and international community play a more effective role and place pressure on Israel to put an end to violations of Palestinian human rights and safeguard the right to education. According to relevant international conventions, International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law, Israel must remove physical barriers that obstruct the right to education in the oPt, ensure Palestinian children’s right to education, and prevent abuses committed by Israeli troops and settlers. The ICHR also called on the UN to establish a team of international experts to develop needed mechanisms to provide protection to Palestinians under the continued occupation of the Palestinian territory.