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UNHCHR resolutions

Posted by Ed on April 15, 2003

Today the UNHCHR voted on a number of resolutions regarding Israel:

“In a resolution on human rights in the occupied Syrian Golan, adopted by a roll-call vote of 31 in favour and 1 against, with 21 abstentions, the Commission called upon Israel to desist from changing the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan, and emphasized that the displaced persons of the population must be allowed to return to their homes and to recover their properties; and determined that all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken or to be taken by Israel that purported to alter the character and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan were null and void.”

31 in favour, and one against. Any guesses? Yep, the U.S.

And they claim to be serious about the so-called ‘road-map’.

The press release is also available here.


3 Responses to “UNHCHR resolutions”

  1. Rudolph said

    Its interesting though to look at the breakdown of the 31-1-21 vote on a country by country basis:

    The 31 in favour countries did not include a single European or developed (as apposed to developing) country except for Russia. Amongst the 21 abstentions, you find the normal culprits from the bulk of European democracies, including Canada, Australia, etc.

    You can probably interpret this in many ways, but one thing that does seem abvious here is that US (right or wrong – wrong in my opinion) at least has the balls (cahones) to be clear on where it stands. Where is Europe…? Where is the outrage? why are they so non-committal to this whole thing? Come on… show some backbone.


    The results were as follows:

    In favour (31): Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Bahrain, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, India, Kenya, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Paraguay, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Togo, Uganda, Venezuela, Viet Nam, and Zimbabwe.

    Against (1): United States.

    Abstentions (21): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, Japan, Peru, Poland, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Uruguay.

  2. Ed said

    Good point. But there were other resolutions for which many European countries did vote. For example: E/CN.4/2003/L.18 which, amongst other things, expressed concern at Israeli settlement-building activities, called on Israel to stop the construction of the ‘security fence’, condemned all violence against civilians and urged all parties to cooperate in the implementation of the road map. Again, the US was the only country to vote against this.

    But yes, European countries should certainly be taking a much stronger stand on this.

  3. How does one interpret this? Why did all those countries abstain? Is it simply a question of not trying to offend anyone?

    At least good old ZA is amongst the cahone-bearers.

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