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Human Rights Council

Plenary


Resolutions

  • March 23, 2018: UN Human Rights Council Resolution: Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan, A/HRC/37/L.48

    "The Human Rights Council,
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    12. Calls upon all States:
    (a) To distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967, including not to provide Israel with any assistance to be used specifically in connection with settlements in these territories with regard to, inter alia, the issue of trade with settlements, consistent with their obligations under international law;
    (b) To implement the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in relation to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and to take appropriate measures to help to ensure that businesses domiciled in their territory and/or under their jurisdiction, including those owned or controlled by them, refrain from committing, contributing to, enabling or benefiting from the human rights abuses of Palestinians, in accordance with the expected standard of conduct in the Guiding Principles and relevant international laws and standards, by taking appropriate steps in view of the immitigable nature of the adverse impact of their activities on human rights;
    (c) To provide guidance to individuals and businesses on the financial, reputational and legal risks, including the possibility of liability for corporate involvement in gross human rights abuses and the abuses of the rights of individuals, of becoming involved in settlement-related activities, including through financial transactions, investments, purchases, procurements, loans, the provision of services, and other economic and financial activities in or benefiting Israeli settlements, to inform businesses of these risks in the formulation of their national action plans for the implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and to ensure that their policies, legislation, regulations and enforcement measures effectively address the heightened risks of operating a business in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem;
    (d) To increase monitoring of settler violence, with a view to promoting accountability;
    13. Calls upon business enterprises to take all measures necessary to comply with their responsibilities under the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other relevant international laws and standards with respect to their activities in or in relation to the Israeli settlements and the wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, to avoid the adverse impact of such activities on human rights, and to avoid contributing to the establishment, maintenance, development or consolidation of Israeli settlements or the exploitation of the natural resources of the Occupied Palestinian Territory;
    ...
    15. Calls upon the relevant United Nations bodies to take all necessary measures and actions within their mandates to ensure full respect for and compliance with Human Rights Council resolution 17/4 of 16 June 2011, on the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other relevant international laws and standards, and to ensure the implementation of the United Nations 'Protect, Respect and Remedy' Framework, which provides a global standard for upholding human rights in relation to business activities that are connected with Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem;

    16. Requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to report to the Human Rights Council on the implementation of the provisions of the present resolution, at its fortieth session, on the human rights consequences of the establishment, maintenance and expansion of Israeli settlements, and to recommend, at the same session, ways for States to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967 and to fulfil their obligation to ensure respect for international humanitarian law;..."

    Adopted by a vote of 34 in favor, 4 against (Australia, Hungary, Togo, United States), 8 abstentions (Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Panama, Rwanda, Slovakia, Ukraine, United Kingdom)
  • March 24, 2017: UN Human Rights Council Resolution: Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan, A/HRC/RES/34/31

    "The Human Rights Council,
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    13. Calls upon all States:
    (a) (a) To distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967, including not to provide Israel with any assistance to be used specifically in connection with settlements in these territories with regard to, inter alia, the issue of trade, consistent with their obligations under international law;
    (b) To implement the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in relation to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and to take appropriate measures to help to ensure that businesses domiciled in their territory and/or under their jurisdiction, including those owned or controlled by them, refrain from committing, contributing to, enabling or benefiting from the human rights abuses of Palestinians, in accordance with the expected standard of conduct in the Guiding Principles and relevant international laws and standards, by taking appropriate steps in view of the immitigable nature of the adverse impact of their activities on human rights;
    (c) To provide guidance to individuals and businesses on the financial, reputational and legal risks, including the possibility of liability for corporate involvement in gross human rights abuses and the abuses of the rights of individuals, of becoming involved in settlement-related activities, including through financial transactions, investments, purchases, procurements, loans, the provision of services, and other economic and financial activities in or benefiting Israeli settlements, to inform businesses of these risks in the formulation of their national action plans for the implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and to ensure that their policies, legislation, regulations and enforcement measures effectively address the heightened risks of operating a business in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem;
    ...
    14. Calls upon business enterprises to take all measures necessary to comply with their responsibilities under the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other relevant international laws and standards with respect to their activities in or in relation to the Israeli settlements and the wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and to avoid contributing to the establishment, maintenance, development or consolidation of Israeli settlements or the exploitation of the natural resources of the Occupied Palestinian Territory;
    ...
    16. Calls upon the relevant United Nations bodies to take all necessary measures and actions within their mandates to ensure full respect for and compliance with Human Rights Council resolution 17/4 of 16 June 2011, on the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other relevant international laws and standards, and to ensure the implementation of the United Nations "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework, which provides a global standard for upholding human rights in relation to business activities that are connected with Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem;

    17. Takes note of the statement of the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises in follow-up to Human Rights Council resolution 22/29;

    18.Requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to report on the implementation of the provisions of the present resolution to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-seventh session;..."

    adopted by the UN Human Rights Council by a vote of 36 in favor (Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, China, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, South Africa, Switzerland, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela), 2 against (Togo, United States), 9 abstentions (Albania, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Panama, Paraguay, Rwanda, United Kingdom)
  • March 24, 2016: UN Human Rights Council Resolution: Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan, A/HRC/RES/31/36

    "The Human Rights Council,
    ...
    Recalling also the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which place responsibilities on all business enterprises to respect human rights by, inter alia, refraining from contributing to human rights abuses arising from conflict, and call upon States to provide adequate assistance to business enterprises to assess and address the heightened risks of abuses in conflict-affected areas, including by ensuring that their current policies, legislation, regulations and enforcement measures are effective in addressing the risk of business involvement in gross human rights abuses, Noting that, in situations of armed conflict, business enterprises should respect the standards of international humanitarian law, and concerned that some business enterprises have, directly and indirectly, enabled, facilitated and profited from the construction and growth of the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,
    ...
    Calling upon all States not to provide Israel with any assistance to be used specifically in connection with settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan,

    Emphasizing the importance for States to act in accordance with their own national legislation on promoting compliance with international humanitarian law with regard to business activities that result in human rights abuses,

    Concerned that economic activities facilitate the expansion and entrenchment of settlements, and aware that the conditions of harvesting and production for products made in settlements involve the breach of applicable legal norms, inter alia, the exploitation of the natural resources of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and calling upon all States to respect their legal obligations in this regard,

    Aware that products wholly or partially produced in settlements have been labelled as originating from Israel, Aware also of the role of private individuals, associations and charities in third States that are involved in providing funding to Israeli settlements and settlement-based entities, contributing to the maintenance and expansion of settlements,
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    9. Welcomes the adoption of the European Union Guidelines on the eligibility of Israeli entities and their activities in the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967 for grants, prizes and financial instruments funded by the European Union since 2014;

    10. Encourages all States and international organizations to continue to actively pursue policies that ensure respect of their obligations under international law with regard to all illegal Israeli practices and measures in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly Israeli settlements;
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    11. Reminds all States of their legal obligations as mentioned in the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice of 9 July 2004 on the legal consequences of the construction of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including not to recognize the illegal situation resulting from the construction of the wall, not to render aid or assistance in maintaining the situation created by such construction, and to ensure compliance by Israel with international humanitarian law as embodied in the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949;

    12. Urges all States:

    (a) To ensure that they are not taking actions that either recognize or assist the expansion of settlements or the construction of the wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, including with regard to the issue of trading with settlements, consistent with their obligations under international law;

    (b) To implement the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in relation to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and to take appropriate measures to help to ensure that businesses domiciled in their territory and/or under their jurisdiction, including those owned or controlled by them, refrain from committing or contributing to gross human rights abuses of Palestinians, in accordance with the expected standard of conduct in the Guiding Principles and relevant international laws and standards, by taking all necessary steps;

    (c) To provide guidance to individuals and businesses on the financial, reputational and legal risks, including the possibility of liability for corporate involvement in gross human rights abuses, and abuses of the rights of individuals, of becoming involved in settlement-related activities, including through financial transactions, investments, purchases, procurements, loans and the provision of services, and other economic and financial activities in or benefiting Israeli settlements, to inform businesses of these risks in the formulation of their national action plans for the implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and to ensure that their policies, legislation, regulations and enforcement measures effectively address the heightened risks of operating a business in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem;
    ...
    13. Calls upon business enterprises to take all measures necessary to comply with the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and relevant international laws and standards with respect to their activities in or in relation to the Israeli settlements and the wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, to avoid the adverse impact of such activities on human rights and to avoid contributing to the establishment or maintenance of Israeli settlements or the exploitation of natural resources of the Occupied Palestinian Territory;
    ...
    15. Calls upon the relevant United Nations bodies to take all necessary measures and actions within their mandates to ensure full respect for and compliance with Human Rights Council resolution 17/4 of 16 June 2011, on the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other relevant international laws and standards, and to ensure theimplementation of the United Nations "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework, which provides a global standard for upholding human rights in relation to business activities that are connected with Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem;

    16. Takes note of the statement of the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises in follow-up to Human Rights Council resolution 22/29;

    17. Requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in close consultation with the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, in follow-up to the report of the independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,1 and as a necessary step for the implementation of the recommendation contained in paragraph 117 thereof, to produce a database of all business enterprises involved in the activities detailed in paragraph 96 of the afore-mentioned report, to be updated annually, and to transmit the data therein in the form of a report to the Council at its thirty-fourth session;

    18. Requests the Secretary-General to report on the implementation of the present resolution, with particular emphasis on the human rights and international law violations involved in the production of settlement goods and the relationship between trade in these goods and the maintenance and economic growth of settlements, at its thirty-fourth session;..."

    Adopted by a vote of 32 in favour (Algeria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Burundi, China, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Vietnam), 0 against, 15 abstentions (Albania, Belgium, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Latvia, Netherlands, Paraguay, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Slovenia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, United Kingdom)

  • March 27, 2015: UN Human Rights Council Resolution: Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan, A/HRC/RES/28/26

    "The Human Rights Council,
    ...
    Recalling also the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which place responsibilities on all business enterprises to respect human rights by, inter alia, refraining from contributing to human rights abuses arising from conflict, and call upon States to provide adequate assistance to business enterprises to assess and address the heightened risks of abuses in conflict-affected areas, including by ensuring that their current policies, legislation, regulations and enforcement measures are effective in addressing the risk of business involvement in gross human rights abuses,

    Noting that, in situations of armed conflict, business enterprises should respect the standards of international humanitarian law, and concerned that some business enterprises have enabled, facilitated and profited from the construction and growth of the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,

    Reaffirming the fact that the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War undertook to respect and to ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances, and that States should not recognize an unlawful situation arising from breaches of peremptory norms of international law,

    Calling upon all States not to provide Israel with any assistance to be used specifically in connection with settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan,

    Emphasizing the importance for States to act in accordance with their own national legislation on promoting compliance with international humanitarian law with regard to business activities that result in human rights abuses,

    Concerned about economic activities that allow the expansion and entrenchment of settlements, and aware that the conditions of harvesting and production for products made in settlements involve, inter alia, the exploitation of the natural resources of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,
    ...
    9. Welcomes the adoption of the European Union Guidelines on the eligibility of Israeli entities and their activities in the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967 for grants, prizes and financial instruments funded by the European Union from 2014 onwards;

    10. Encourages all States and international organizations to continue to actively pursue policies that ensure respect of their obligations under international law with regard to all illegal Israeli practices and measures in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly Israeli settlements;
    ...
    12. Urges all States:

    (a) To ensure that they are not taking actions that either recognize or assist the expansion of settlements or construction of the wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem;

    (b) To implement the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in relation to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and to take appropriate measures to help ensure that businesses domiciled in their territory and/or under their jurisdiction, including those owned or controlled by them, refrain from committing or contributing to gross human rights abuses of Palestinians, in accordance with the expected standard of conduct in the Guiding Principles and relevant international laws and standards;

    (c) To provide information to individuals and businesses on the financial, reputational and legal risks and the possible abuses of the rights of individuals of becoming involved in settlement-related activities, including economic and financial activities, the provision of services in settlements and the purchasing of property, and to consider informing businesses of these risks in the formulation of their national action plans for the implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights;

    13. Encourages business enterprises to take transparent action to comply with the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights with respect to their activities relating to Israeli settlements and the wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, to avoid contributing to the establishment or maintenance of Israeli settlements or the exploitation of natural resources of the Occupied Palestinian Territory;..."

    45 in favour, 1 against (United States), and 1 abstention (Paraguay)

  • March 28, 2014: UN Human Rights Council Resolution: Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan, A/HRC/RES/25/28

    "The Human Rights Council,
    ...
    Recalling also the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which place responsibilities on all business enterprises to respect human rights by, inter alia, refraining from contributing to human rights abuses arising from conflict, and urge States to provide adequate assistance to business enterprises to assess and address the heightened risks of abuses in conflict-affected areas,

    Reaffirming the fact that the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War undertook to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances, and that States should not recognize an unlawful situation arising from breaches of peremptory norms of international law, Emphasizing the importance for States to act in accordance with their own national legislation on promoting compliance with international humanitarian law with regard to business activities that result in human rights abuses,
    ...
    9. Welcomes the adoption of the European Union Guidelines on the eligibility of Israeli entities and their activities in the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967 for grants, prizes and financial instruments funded by the European Union from 2014 onwards;

    10. Encourages all States and international organizations to continue to actively pursue policies that ensure respect of their obligations under international law with regard to all illegal Israeli practices and measures in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly Israeli settlements;

    11. Urges all States:

    (a) To ensure that they are not taking actions that assist the expansion of settlements or construction of the wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem;

    (b) To implement the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in relation to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, to take appropriate measures to encourage businesses domiciled in their territory and/or under their jurisdiction, including those owned or controlled by them, and to refrain from committing or contributing to gross human rights abuses of Palestinians, in accordance with the expected standard of conduct in the Guiding Principles and relevant international laws and standards;

    (c) To provide information to individuals and businesses on the financial, reputational and legal risks, as well as the possible abuses of the rights of individuals, of becoming involved in settlement-related activities, including economic and financial activities, the provision of services in settlements and the purchasing of property;..."

    Adopted by a vote of 46 in favor, 1 against (United States), 0 abstentions

  • March 22, 2013: UN Human Rights Council Resolution: Follow-up to the report of the independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, A/HRC/RES/22/29

    "The Human Rights Council,
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    2. Calls upon the relevant United Nations bodies to take all necessary measures and actions within their mandates to ensure full respect for and compliance with Human Rights Council resolution 17/4 on the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other relevant international laws and standards, and to ensure the implementation of the United Nations "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework, which provides a global standard for upholding human rights in relation to business activities that are connected with Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem;

    3. Requests the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, including in consultation with relevant special procedures mandate holders, to fulfil its mandate accordingly;

    4. Requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to present a report detailing the implementation of the recommendations contained in the report of the independent international fact-finding mission on the implications of Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian People throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in East Jerusalem, to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-fifth session..."

    Adopted by a vote of 45 in favor, 1 against (United States), 0 abstentions

  • March 22, 2012: UN Human Rights Council Resolution: Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan, A/HRC/RES/19/17

    "The Human Rights Council,
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    9. Decides to dispatch an independent international fact-finding mission, to be appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council, to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, with a mandate ending on submission of a report to the Council...;"

    Adopted by a vote of 36 in favor, 1 against (United States), 10 abstentions (Cameroon, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Spain)

  • June 16, 2011: UN Human Rights Council Resolution: Human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, A/HRC/RES/17/4

    "The Human Rights Council
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    1....endorses the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework...

    6. Decides to establish a Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, consisting of five independent experts, of balanced geographical representation, for a period of three years, to be appointed by the Human Rights Council at its eighteenth session, and requests the Working Group:

    (a) To promote the effective and comprehensive dissemination and implementation of the Guiding Principles;

    (b) To identify, exchange and promote good practices and lessons learned on the implementation of the Guiding Principle and to assess and make recommendations thereon and, in that context, to seek and receive information from all relevant sources, including Governments, transnational corporations and other business enterprises, national human rights institutions, civil society and rights-holders;
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    (d) To conduct country visits and to respond promptly to invitations from States;"

    Adopted without a vote

  • June 18, 2008: UN Human Rights Council Resolution: Mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, A/HRC/RES/8/7

    "The Human Rights Council
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    1. Welcomes the reports of the Special Representative and in particular the identification, through the process of consultations, studies and analysis, of a framework based on three overarching principles of the State duty to protect all human rights from abuses by, or involving, transnational corporations and other business enterprises, the corporate responsibility to respect all human rights, and the need for access to effective remedies, including through appropriate judicial or non-judicial mechanisms;"

    Adopted without a vote

Reports


  • February 7, 2013: Report of the independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people, A/HRC/22/63

    "1. In its resolution 19/17, the Human Rights Council decided to establish an independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.
    ...
    C. Impact of businesses
    96. Information gathered by the mission showed that business enterprises have, directly and indirectly, enabled, facilitated and profited from the construction and growth of the settlements. In addition to the previously mentioned violations of Palestinian worker rights, the mission identified a number of business activities and related issues that raise particular human rights violations concerns. They include:

    The supply of equipment and materials facilitating the construction and the expansion of settlements and the wall, and associated infrastructures

    The supply of surveillance and identification equipment for settlements, the wall and checkpoints directly linked with settlements

    The supply of equipment for the demolition of housing and property, the destruction of agricultural farms, greenhouses, olives groves and crops

    The supply of security services, equipment and materials to enterprises operating in settlements

    The provision of services and utilities supporting the maintenance and existence of settlements, including transport

    Banking and financial operations helping to develop, expand or maintain settlements and their activities, including loans for housing and the development of businesses

    The use of natural resources, in particular water and land, for business purposes

    Pollution, and the dumping of waste in or its transfer to Palestinian villages

    Captivity of the Palestinian financial and economic markets, as well as practices that disadvantage Palestinian enterprises, including through restrictions on movement, administrative and legal constraints

    Use of benefits and reinvestments of enterprises owned totally or partially by settlers for developing, expanding and maintaining the settlements
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    98. The mission noted that some enterprises had withdrawn from settlements because it harmed their image and might entail legal consequences.
    ...
    VI. Recommendations
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    117. Private companies must assess the human rights impact of their activities and take all necessary steps including by terminating their business interests in the settlements to ensure that they do not have an adverse impact on the human rights of the Palestinian people, in conformity with international law as well as the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The mission calls upon all Member States to take appropriate measures to ensure that business enterprises domiciled in their territory and/or under their jurisdiction, including those owned or controlled by them, that conduct activities in or related to the settlements respect human rights throughout their operations. The mission recommends that the Working Group on Business and Human Rights be seized of this matter."

  • March 21, 2011: Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary- General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations: Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework, A/HRC/17/31

Statements


States
  • March 20, 2018: Oral statement by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, UN Human Rights Council, 37th session, Agenda Item 7

    "The OIC also takes note of the report by the OHCHR on the database of companies involved in settlement activities. However, we remain concerned about certain shortfalls. As stated in paragraph 10, the standard of proof used to include business enterprises in the database is, quote, 'reasonable grounds to believe that a business enterprise is engaged in one or more of these listed activities.' For this we urge ... the OHCHR to publish the names of the companies, as any further delay will be seen as a setback by all countries and human rights organizations who have supported this initiative. Furthermore, as mandated by the database, it should be updated annually and be open-ended."

  • March 20, 2018: Oral statement by Kuwait on behalf of the Gulf Cooperation Council, UN Human Rights Council, 37th session, Agenda Item 7

    "We welcome the report about the database of all enterprises involved in activities described in paragraph 96 of the report of the international independent fact-finding mission, which was responsible for studying the effects of Israeli settlement building on the civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights of Palestinians. We call on all commercial enterprises to cease the transactions in the settlements and not to participate in their expansion and further development. These enterprises should assume their responsibilities in line with the guidelines on human rights and business, and they should respect the mandate of ... OHCHR."

  • March 20, 2018: Oral statement by Bolivia, UN Human Rights Council, 37th session, Agenda Item 7

    "We condemn the long-standing systemic impunity of the occupying power that continues to allow these violations to reoccur without any consequence. We also condemn the impunity of business activities that directly or indirectly contribute to this illegal occupation. In this regard, we welcome the progress of consolidating the database of all business enterprises involved in such activities, and we call upon the High Commissioner to make the database public. We urge Israel to respect its legal commitments and obligations."

  • March 20, 2018: Oral statement by Egypt, UN Human Rights Council, 37th session, Agenda Item 7

    "We studied the report of the High Commissioner. We appreciate his efforts to set up a database about all of the enterprises participating in activities in paragraph 96 of the report of fact-finding mission, studying the effect of settlement building on the civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights of the Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem. We urge the High Commissioner to publish a list of these enterprises in line with Resolution 3631 of the Human Rights Council."

  • March 20, 2018: Oral statement by Tunisia, UN Human Rights Council, 37th session, Agenda Item 7

    "We welcome the High Commissioner's report on the human rights situation in occupied Palestinian territories. We also appreciate the database of business enterprises, which has been established by the international fact-finding mission. The settlement policy in the occupied territories is a violation of international human rights and humanitarian law and UN resolutions. The presence of business enterprises in the settlements and contributing to their establishment is part of this policy."

  • March 20, 2018: Oral statement by Ecuador, UN Human Rights Council, 37th session, Agenda Item 7

    "[M]y delegation welcomes the report on the database of business enterprises who are active in the OPT, including East Jerusalem, and encourages the office to continue with the mandate under resolution 3136. We regret that the resources to this end are limited. My delegation underscores the list in the report shows that 21 countries which are the headquarters of 192 companies which have been subject to the preliminary scrutiny by the office."

  • March 20, 2018: Oral statement by Bahrain, UN Human Rights Council, 37th session, Agenda Item 7

    "My country welcomes the initiative to create a database about companies which are active in the settlement. We call on these companies to cease cooperating with the settlements because this encourages their expansion."

  • March 20, 2018: Oral statement by Malaysia, UN Human Rights Council, 37th session, Agenda Item 7

    "[W]e are pleased that the OHCHR has produced a database of enterprises involved in Israeli local settlement activities."

  • March 20, 2018: Oral statement by Indonesia, UN Human Rights Council, 37th session, Agenda Item 7

    "Indonesia also continues to encourage companies to terminate their involvement with Israeli settlements located in the OPT. At the same like, we urge the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to expedite the online publication of a database of companies involved in illegal Israeli settlement."

  • March 19, 2018: Oral Statement by Bolivia, UN Human Rights Council, 37th session, Agenda Item 7

    "As we have been stating, a party that promotes the illegal occupation which also hinders the enforcement of all human rights in Palestine is the impunity of transnational corporations that contribute either directly or indirectly with this illegal occupation, which is why we welcome with satisfaction the progress made in putting together a database for all businesses participating in these activities, and we would like to join the calling for the High Commissioner to publish this database."

  • September 25, 2017: Oral Statement by Ecuador, UN Human Rights Council, 36th session, Agenda Item 7

    "We hope that the database on businesses working in the occupied territories by the Office of the High Commissioner can be provided before the end of the year, in keeping with the mandate of the Council, and we hope that this will facilitate accountability."

  • September 25, 2017: Oral Statement by Indonesia, UN Human Rights Council, 36th session, Agenda Item 7

    "Mr. Vice-President, on a final note, while we wait for the publication by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding the database of companies involved in illegal settlements, we encourage all Member States to cease any forms of cooperation which may have the potential to prolong and aggravate the Palestinian people's suffering."

  • September 25, 2017: Oral statement by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, UN Human Rights Council, 36th session, Agenda Item 7

    "The OIC condemns the involvement of Israeli and multi-national corporations in illegal settlements, which results in corporate complicity and war crimes. We look forward to the online publication by the OHCHR of the database of companies involved in illegal Israeli settlements before the end of the year."

  • June 19, 2017: Oral statement by Syrian Arab Republic, UN Human Rights Council, 35th session, Agenda Item 7

    "We're reiterating, in this context, our demand for companies and corporations working in occupied Golans to end their trade dealings which support settlement activity and consolidate Israeli occupation. We stress the need to establish a database of companies which have trade dealings in settlements in order to reiterate that-to reinforce its occupation of the Golan."

  • June 19, 2017: Oral statement by Sri Lanka, UN Human Rights Council, 35th session, Agenda Item 7

    "We reiterate the call by the international community for a freeze on settlement activities and urge respect for the guiding principles on business and human rights endorsed by the Human Rights Council with regard to the extraction of natural resources and conducting business in the occupied Palestinian territories."

  • July 27, 2016: Oral statement by Iran, UN Human Rights Council, 32nd session, Agenda Item 7

    "[W]e stress the urgent need for the international community to instinctively uphold its duties and to act decisively to sustain international humanitarian law and international human rights and to ensure accountability for any violation and address the issue of penal sanctions, as applicable."

  • March 21, 2016: Oral Statement by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, UN Human Rights Council, 31st session, Agenda Item 7

    "We deplore the involvement of Israeli multinational corporations in illegal settlements, resulting in corporate complicity in war crimes. We call on companies to disengage from their involvement in Israeli abuses of human rights and international law. Moreover, trade with Israeli settlements contributes to the existence and maintenance of settlements, and is thus illegal and must be ceased."

  • March 21, 2016: Oral statement by Turkey, UN Human Rights Council, 31st session, Agenda Item 7

    "Every member of the international community has to firmly reject the occupation practices and restrictions imposed on the Palestinian people that preclude the exercise of their fundamental rights and freedoms. In this regard, the EU notice on the labeling of settlement products from occupied territories was an important step."

  • March 21, 2016: Oral statement by Bangladesh, UN Human Rights Council, 31st session, Agenda Item 7

    "[W]e would also like to draw the Council's attention to the breach of international rules with regard to selling of goods produced in Palestine. We emphasize that products originated or produced in Palestine should carry the label as originated in Palestine as per existing rules of origin when sold outside the country."

  • June 29, 2015: Oral statement by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, UN Human Rights Council, 29th session, Agenda Item 7

    "Regrettably, the international community has failed to fulfill its obligations towards the Palestinian people. On the contrary, certain States ... aid and abet Israeli unlawful policies, for instance by contributing to the maintenance and growth of illegal Israeli settlements by continuing to trade with them. We moreover deplore the involvement of Israeli and multinational corporations in illegal settlements, resulting in the risk of corporate complicity in war crimes."

  • June 29, 2015: Oral statement by Bahrain, UN Human Rights Council, 29th session, Agenda Item 7

    "Israel's deplorable acts, which amount to apartheid, should be met with the same action and pressure exhumed in relation to the apartheid acts of South Africa."

  • March 23, 2015: Oral statement by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, UN Human Rights Council, 28th session, Agenda Item 7

    "We deplore the involvement of Israeli and multinational corporations in illegal settlements, resulting in the risk of corporate complicity in war crimes. Moreover, trade with Israeli settlements contributes to the existence and maintenance of settlements, and is thus illegal and should be ceased."

  • September 22, 2014: Oral statement by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, UN Human Rights Council, 27th session, Agenda Item 7

    "We deplore the involvement of Israeli and multinational corporations in illegal settlements, resulting in the risk of corporate complicity in war crimes. We call for full respect of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights."

  • March 24, 2014: Oral statement by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, UN Human Rights Council, 25th session, Agenda Item 7

    "The OIC urges Member States to exercise pressure on Israel to respect its legal commitments and obligations under International humanitarian and human rights laws. We also urge all states and regional groups to fulfill their legal obligation as third state actors by adopting guidelines to ensure that settlement produce does not enter their markets."

  • June 10, 2013: Oral statement by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, UN Human Rights Council, 23rd session, Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur, Agenda Item 7

    "We call upon the relevant Working Group on Business and Human Rights to investigate the activities of businesses that are connected with Israeli settlement activities. The OIC urges them to take appropriate action within their mandate to end any activities in the occupied State of Palestine and ensure appropriate reparation for the affected Palestinians. The OIC would like to ask the Special Rapporteur on the most adequate modalities for the 'Working Group on Business and Human Rights' to fulfill its mandate."

  • June 10, 2013: Oral statement by Indonesia, UN Human Rights Council, Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur, 23rd session, Agenda Item 7

    "My delegation is in agreement with the recommendation that the international community should investigate the activities of businesses that profit from Israel's settlements, and take appropriate action to end any activities in occupied Palestine and ensure appropriate reparation for affected Palestinians. This different perspective will enable us to observe the issue comprehensively."

  • June 10, 2013: Oral statement by Iran on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, UN Human Rights Council, 23rd session, Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur, Agenda Item 7

    "Finally, the NAM attention is increasingly drawn to the activities of Israeli and international business enterprises involved in profit-making in occupied Palestine and a range of potential violations that stem from such activities. We maintain that the private companies must assess the human rights impact of their activities and take all necessary steps - including by terminating their business interests in the settlements - to ensure they are not adversely impacting the human rights of the Palestinian people. We further recommend that the Human Right Council's Working Group on Business and Human Rights be seized of the mat