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Human Rights Council

Plenary


Resolutions

  • 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/34/L.41

    "The Human Rights Council,
    ...
    13. 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, inter alia by withholding 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 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 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 immitigability 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 as well as 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, as well as 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;
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    14. Calls upon business enterprises to adopt all necessary measures 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 natural resources of the Occupied Palestinian Territory;
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    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. Decides to convene, at its thirty-sixth session, a panel discussion on 'Israeli settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem', and requests the Office of the High Commissioner to liaise with States and all stakeholders, including relevant United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, special procedures of the Human Rights Council, national human rights institutions and civil society with a view to ensuring their participation in the panel discussion;
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    20. Requests the High Commissioner to report on the implementation of the provisions of the present resolution, with particular emphasis on the discriminatory policies and practices linked to the settlement entreprise in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, at its thirty-seventh session;"
  • 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,
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    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;
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    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;
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    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;..."

    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,
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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 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;
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    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,
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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 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,
    ...
    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

    "[T]he Council decided to establish an independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the human rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,..."

    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.
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    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.
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    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.51 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
  • 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 matter."

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

    "We are further drawn to the Special Rapporteur's report on businesses that profit from the illegal Israeli settlements. We support the call for the Working Group on Business and Human Rights to investigate the activities of those businesses and urge them to take appropriate action in this regard. We further support the call for the appropriate reparations for the affected Palestinians."

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

    "Finally, the Movement calls upon international community: ... - To 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."

Other
  • September 25, 2017: Oral Statement by the Palestinian representative, UN Human Rights Council, 36th session, Agenda Item 7

    "I would like to recall that all those who import the products produced by settlements is an accomplice of these violations, which are gross violations of international humanitarian law which amount to crimes of war, and we are awaiting the establishment of a database for enterprises operating in these settlements by the end of this year, in accordance with the Security Council resolution."

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

    "We await the database that gives information on businesses participating directly or indirectly in the construction of settlements, and we hope that this will be available in the near future."

  • June 19, 2017: Oral statement by the Palestinian Representative,UN Human Rights Council, 35th session, Agenda Item 7

    "We call on the international community to step up to its responsibilities and put pressure on the occupying power to end the occupation and take all necessary measures to guarantee that the rule of law is respected by the occupying forces in the settlements. It is important to respect Paragraph 5 of Security Council 2334. We call on Israeli transnational companies to end their activities in the settlements and the international legislation and standards, including the guidelines for trade and human rights."

  • February 27, 2017: Oral statement by the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, UN Human Rights Council, 34th session, High-Level Segment

    "[W]e warn concerned parties not to take steps that contribute to strengthening the Israeli occupation of the State of Palestine. This includes the support to the Israeli settlement enterprise... Bearing this in mind, we call on the High Commissioner for Human Rights to issue a list of companies that violate human rights."

  • March 1, 2016: Oral statement by the Palestinian Representative, UN Human Rights Council, 31st session, Agenda Item 7

    "I call on all the countries to boycott settlements and to boycott the products of settlements and to warn of the possibility of imposing economic and commercial sanctions on the occupying power and that in accordance with guidelines on businesses and human rights. They must not deal directly or indirectly with the occupation system, in addition to not allowing the entry of illegal settlers into their countries."

  • September 28, 2015: Oral statement by the Palestinian Representative, UN Human Rights Council, 30th session, Agenda Item 7

    "We call upon the international community to help stop the settlement policy and to refrain from supporting the Israeli government in this directly or indirectly so as to ensure that the Palestinian people can exercise its right to self-determination. Importing Israeli goods would be equivalent to supporting this policy, which violates international law officially."

  • June 16, 2008: Oral statement by the Palestinian Representative, UN Human Rights Council, 8th session, Agenda Item 7

    "We urge the international community including the European Union to take into account the Israeli practices on the ground and to, at least, ban importing goods originating in the Israeli colonial settlements as a simple practical message that enough is enough."

NGOs
  • September 25, 2017: Oral statement by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status, 36th session, Agenda Item 7

    "Supporting a strong database on businesses involved unlawfully in Israeli occupation would constitute much needed and overdue action by this Council."

  • September 25, 2017: Oral statement by Al-Haq, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status, 36th session, Agenda Item 7

    "Israeli companies like Mekerot and international businesses profit from and help facilitate Israel's unlawful settlement enterprise. Al-Haq welcomes actions by the Human Rights Council, including the establishment of the database listing businesses involved in the settlement enterprise. This is one step towards accountability and ensuring that the occupation via the unlawful exploitation of Palestinian resources is no longer profitable"

  • September 25, 2017: Oral statement by Servas International, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status, 36th session, Agenda Item 7

    "Mr. President, one of the major obstacles in this context is the ongoing expansion of settlements. Despite an international consensus that their construction is illegal, their construction has increased by almost three times in the first half of 2017. Human Rights Council Resolution 31/36 in March 2016 to produce a database of all business enterprises involved in settlement activities therefore constituted an important step to address this issue and its timely publication should be a priority for the international community as a means to enter dialogue with the companies involved."

  • September 25, 2017: Oral statement by Human Rights Watch, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status, 36th session, Agenda Item 7

    "The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights should urgently establish the comprehensive database requested by this Council of businesses operating in illegal settlements to help states fulfill their obligations outlined in UN Security Council Resolution 2334."

  • September 25, 2017: Oral Statement by the Palestinian Return Centre, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status, 36th session, Agenda Item 7

    "Member states should support the human rights council's resolution to produce a database of all business enterprises involved in Israeli settlements. We call on states to impose sanctions on Israel as it is the only legitimate effective action to ensure accountability and justice for its crimes."

  • June 19, 2017: Oral statement by Human Rights Watch, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status, 35th session, Agenda Item 7

    "[T]he international community should take more active measures to hold parties to their obligations under international law. In particular, states should oppose settlements and refrain from actions that support settlements in their infrastructure and all businesses, consistent with their human-rights obligations, should end commercial activity in and with the settlements. To facilitate this, we urge the Office of the High Commissioner to establish the settlement-business database without further delay."

  • March 20, 2017: Oral statement by the Palestinian Return Centre, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status, 34th session, Agenda Item 7

    "Inside the occupied territories Palestinian refugees continue to suffer from Israel's illegal military occupation, colonial policies and apartheid regime... National governments should support boycott, divestment and sanctions activities and respond positively to calls for such initiatives. This is of utmost importance if the different actors are concerned about fulfilling their legal duty under international law."

  • February 15, 2017: Written statement submitted by the Al-Haq, Law in the Service of Man, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status, 34th session, Agenda Item 7, A/HRC/34/NGO/241

    "[W]e: ...
    - Call on the United Nations and third states to implement sanctions against Israel until it ends its nearly 50-year occupation and practices that amount to internationally recognized crimes, including forcible transfer and pillage, amongst others;
    - Urge High Contracting Parties of the Geneva Conventions to ensure respect for their obligations by activating universal jurisdiction mechanisms to provide effective penal sanctions, including prosecuting current and previous Ministers of Interior of Israel, and all others responsible for international crimes in the OPT before their own national courts..."