UAE scores ‘bias’ versus Palestinians

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The Arab Group, through the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has expressed its condemnation over the reluctance of some countries to participate in protecting the human rights of Palestinians.

ObaidSalem Al Zaabi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations, spoke on behalf of the Arab Group at the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The UAE is currently chairing the “Council of the Heads of Arab Missions in Geneva,” under the framework of the discussions on the “7th Clause on the State of Human Rights in Palestine and Other Occupied Arab Lands.”

The Arab Group also considers the withdrawal of the United States from the Human Rights Council as a sign that it is prepared to pay the price to protect Israel from being held accountable.

The Arab Group stressed that this bias against the Palestinian people will only encourage Israel to continue its human rights violations and escape punishment and justice.

It then noted that the continuing violations against Palestinians reflect the failure of the international community to hold Israel accountable for its crimes, as well as its lack of seriousness in ending 50 years of tyranny and military occupation.

It also confirms the inability of the international community to recognize the rights of the Palestinian people, who have the right to self-determination, as guaranteed by international law and UN resolutions, the group stressed. WAM