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Human Rights Council

Plenary


Resolutions

  • March 22, 2019: UN Human Rights Council Resolution: Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan, A/HRC/RES/40/24

    "The Human Rights Council,
    ...
    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 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 forty-third session,..."

    Adopted by a vote of 32 in favor, 5 against (Australia, Denmark, Hungary, Togo, United Kingdom), and 10 abstentions (Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Croatia, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Slovakia, Ukraine).
  • 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/RES/37/36

    "The Human Rights Council,
    ...
    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,
    ...
    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 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,
    ...
    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;
    ...
    (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
    ...
    98. The mission noted that some enterprises had withdrawn from settlements because it harmed their image and might entail legal consequences.
    ...
    VI. Recommendations
    ...
    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
  • September 23, 2019: Oral statement by Qatar, UN Human Rights Council, 42nd session, Agenda Item 7

    "We call on all companies that have business activities in the settlements to cease such activity immediately. We call on the Office of the High Commissioner to release to the public the database on such companies, in line with the resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council in this regard. No further adjournment should be accepted as there is no excuse for it. Indeed, the database must be updated annually."
  • September 23, 2019: Oral statement by Iraq, UN Human Rights Council, 42nd session, Agenda Item 7

    "We reiterate our appeal to the international community to uphold its legal and moral responsibility by compelling the occupying power to cease these violations and its disregard of UN resolutions. The occupying authorities must grant the Palestinian people their legitimate rights. We call on the Office of the High Commissioner to fulfill its mandate by releasing the database on companies that have business activities in Israeli settlements."
  • September 23, 2019: Oral statement by Bangladesh, UN Human Rights Council, 42nd session, Agenda Item 7

    "Madam Vice-President, we call upon business enterprises that conduct business or otherwise profit from Israeli settlements located in the occupied Palestinian territory to immediately terminate these activities, respecting international humanitarian law and the human rights of those living under occupation. The OHCHR should fulfill the mandate established in 2016 and publish the names of the companies."
  • September 23, 2019: Oral statement by Bolivia, UN Human Rights Council, 42nd session, Agenda Item 7

    "We reiterate that this peaceful solution will only be possible when the occupying power recognizes the equality of the rights of the Palestinian people and put an end to this long-lasting occupation. We reiterate the importance of Resolution 31/36 of the Human Rights Council, which calls for a quick publication of a database including businesses that contribute to the settling activities in the occupied territories."
  • September 23, 2019: Oral statement by Namibia, UN Human Rights Council, 42nd session, Agenda Item 7

    "As a country that firmly believes in the right to self-determination of the people under colonial occupation, Namibia was very pleased when this Council, in March 2016, adopted the Resolution 13/16-31/36, which inter alia mandated the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to establish a database of business enterprises engaged in benefiting from economic activities in Israeli settlements in the oPts. It has been three years and five months since the mandate was given to the Office of the High Commissioner and the release of the important database is still pending. We urge this Council to call upon the Office of the High Commissioner to fulfill its mandate without further delay."
  • July 8, 2019: Oral statement by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, UN Human Rights Council, 41st 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 thus illegal and should be ceased. It is in this context we ask for the fulfillment of Resolution 31/36 mandate in its entirety, by publishing the Database at the earliest."
  • July 8, 2019: Oral statement by Syrian Arab Republic, UN Human Rights Council, 41st session, Agenda Item 7

    "Syria reiterates its support to the Palestinian people to have an independent state with a capital East Jerusalem, guaranteeing the return of Palestinian refugees pursuant to Resolution 184. We call for Israel to withdraw from the occupied Lebanese territories. We call on the Office of the High Commissioner to accelerate the establishment of a database of companies that work in the Israeli settlements."
  • July 8, 2019: Oral statement by Pakistan, UN Human Rights Council, 41st session, Agenda Item 7

    "We regret that Israeli settlement activity characterized by house demolition, forced eviction of families and communities, and building new colonies in grave violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 continues with impunity. We also take note that the recent update by the OSCHR on the database of companies involved in settlement activities requested in March 2016. We remain concerned that the mandate established in 2016 has not been fulfilled. We urge the Office to publish the database without any further delay."
  • July 8, 2019: Oral statement by Iraq, UN Human Rights Council, 41st session, Agenda Item 7

    "We call upon the international community to exercise its legal and moral responsibilities to compel the occupying power of Israel to desist from practicing these violations and deliberately flouting the UN resolutions while providing the Palestinian-innocent Palestinian people their legitimate rights. We call upon the OHCHR to undertake its mandate to establish a database of companies functioning in Israeli settlements."
  • July 8, 2019: Oral statement by Bangladesh, UN Human Rights Council, 41st session, Agenda Item 7

    "We call upon Israel to immediately stop illegal settlements in the West Bank and to end the blockade of Gaza, and finally, to end occupation of the occupied Palestinian territory. We also call upon Israel to end occupation of the Syrian Golan. We call upon the OHCHR to publish without delay and regularly the database of businesses enterprises involved in listed activities in Israeli settlements in the oPt."
  • July 8, 2019: Oral statement by Indonesia, UN Human Rights Council, 41st session, Agenda Item 7

    "Mr. President, Israel's slow but steady establishment of the settlement enterprises in the oPt can no longer be tolerated. It is regrettable that the mandate given by Resolution 31/36 remain unfulfilled as the database has still not been published. We ask the Office of the High Commissioner to respect the mandate even by the Council and to release the database of the companies involved in these activities in the Israeli illegal settlements in the oPt immediately."
  • July 8, 2019: Oral statement by Bolivia, UN Human Rights Council, 41st session, Agenda Item 7

    "We reiterate the importance of Resolution 31/36 of the Human Rights Council, which calls for the swift publication of a database on commercial enterprises that contribute to settlement activities in occupied lands. We reiterate our support to reaching a peaceful conclusion to this conflict and we urge the occupying power to implement all relevant UN resolutions."
  • July 8, 2019: Oral statement by Namibia, UN Human Rights Council, 41st session, Agenda Item 7

    "The Council Resolution 31/36 mandated the office to establish a database of business enterprises engaged in benefiting from economic activities in Israel's settlements in occupied Palestinian territories. The data, though available, is not yet published and we call on its urgent publication."
  • July 8, 2019: Oral statement by Turkey, UN Human Rights Council, 41st session, Agenda Item 7

    "As regards the Palestinian economy, Israel's latest decision to withhold fiscal revenues collected on behalf of Palestine stand outs as a completely unfair step. We call on Israel to reverse this decision and to abide by its responsibilities emanating from the Paris Protocol. Despite warnings from the international community, Israel continues to approve illegal additional settlement units in oPt. HRC resolution 31/36 mandating the High Commissioner to publish the database of companies involved in certain activities in the Israeli illegal settlements in the oPt should be implemented and updated regularly without further delay."
  • July 8, 2019: Oral statement by Oman, UN Human Rights Council, 41st session, Agenda Item 7

    "We associate ourselves with the statements delivered by the groups to which we belong. And we reiterate the importance of keeping Item 7, and we remind of our statements in the last session in this respect. And we regret the boycotting by some states of this item. And we remind of the report of the independent commission of the inquiry in the occupied Palestinian territories and other occupied territories, and the Office of the High Commissioner's promise to publish a database of companies active in Israeli settlements."
  • July 2, 2018: Oral statement by Bolivia (UN summary), UN Human Rights Council, 38th session, Agenda Item 7

    "It noted with satisfaction the progress made to consolidate the database of companies participating in the building of Israeli settlements and called for the publication of that list."

  • July 2, 2018: Oral statement by Bolivia on behalf of a group of 17 countries (UN summary), UN Human Rights Council, 38th session, Agenda Item 7

    "The group of countries welcomed the report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights consolidating a database on all enterprises cooperating with Israeli settlements. The High Commissioner was urged to make this database public."

  • 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."