Review of Israel
Thursday, 04 December 2008 15:12


On the afternoon of 4 December, the Working Group on the universal periodic review considered the situation in Israel. The delegation was led by the Permanent Representative to the Permanent Mission of Israel to Geneva. Questions and recommendations focused on the following:


· Treatment of Arab-Israeli and Bedouin minorities: many States commented on discrimination faced by non-Jewish citizens of Israel. The delegation cited efforts to further integrate minorities in the civil service and promote their economic development.

· Movement restrictions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT): closures; checkpoints; access to humanitarian aid, education, health, sanitation, and electricity.

·  Administrative detention: States enquired about detainees' access to legal counsel and fair trial.

· Expansion of settlements on Palestinian territory, and expansion of the separation barrier, including on Palestinian land.

· Many States urged Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian territories and the Golan Heights.

· Several States recognised progress made by Israel on women's rights, rights of persons with disabilities, and trafficking of persons.


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