State of Palestine

Supporting Human Rights Defenders in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: Reality, Challenges, and Obligations

The UN Palestinian Rights Committee , will hold the virtual event “Supporting Human Rights Defenders in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: Reality, Challenges, and Obligations” on Tuesday, 7 December 2021 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm (New York Time), via WebEx. The event will also be livestreamed on UN Web TV.

The event will highlight the engagement of the Committee with civil society partners in the implementation of its mandate towards ending the occupation of the Palestinian territory and advancing the realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. It will shed light on the implications of the Israeli decision of 22 October 2021 to designate six Palestinian human rights and humanitarian NGOs as “terrorist organizations” and more broadly on the work of civil society organizations and human rights defenders in the OPT. Finally, it will underline the role and responsibilities of the international community in the context of a shrinking space for CSOs.

The speakers – Shawan Jabarin (Al-Haq), Heba Morayef (Amnesty International), Michael Sfard (Human rights lawyer) and Omar Shakir (Human Rights Watch) – will brief on the varying dimension of this critical decision and show Israel’s long-time efforts to target organizations that document the ongoing violations of Palestinian human rights and seek to hold Israel accountable.

Participants in the Webex event will consist of the invited panellists, Committee Members / Observers and other Member States. Intergovernmental and civil society organizations as well as the public and media will be invited to follow the event via live stream. While participation in the virtual platform will be limited to UN Member and Observer States, panellists, IGOs ​​and CSOs, the general public can send their questions via the Committee Facebook pageTwitter account  or email dpr-meeting @ un.org.

For further information, please visit un.org/unispal.

Viewers are encouraged to use the hashtags #Rights4Palestine and #ForPalestineRefugees on their social media and to tag the Committee’s social media pages using Twitter & Instagram: @UNISPAL, Facebook: @ UN.palestinianrights.

Watch the live stream on UN Web TV: webtv.un.org

Share live updates from the Committee Twitter account and Facebook page.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, please visit facebook.com/NGOCoRIP. For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bobbinassar@gmail.com or bknotts@uua.org.

Annual Observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Dear colleagues,

This year, the Annual observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in accordance with General Assembly resolution 32/40, will be held virtually on 10 December 2020 from 11.00 hrs to 13.00 hrs. It is envisaged that following the reading of the message of the Secretary-General, statements will be made by representatives of the Host Country and the Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to UNOV.

Should you wish to take part of this Virtual Event, kindly send us the information of your delegation per email (max 1 members per NGO), together with the attached registration form in word format (Annex I), as soon as possible but at the latest by 4  December 2020, to the Protocol Office, by email to: unovprotocol@un.org.

When submitting the composition of the delegation, your NGO should include each delegate’s individual email address, in order for the delegates to receive the access link to the meeting. Kindly ensure that the emails from the virtual interpretation platform are not blocked by a firewall.

All registered participants will be assigned the observer role, which means that they will be able to follow the agenda via live stream but cannot take the floor. A tentative agenda will be shared with all registered participants by 5 December 2020.

We kindly ask our colleagues leading the NGO Committees to kindly share this email with other relevant NGOs that might be interested to join the event.

Kind regards,

Protocol and NGO Liaison Service

Office of the Director- General | Executive Director

United Nations Office at Vienna | United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Websites: www.unov.org  | www.unodc.org