- After a fact-finding tour of the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip — and following hearings in Jordan and Egypt — a three-member United Nations committee has lambasted Israel for the harsh treatment of Palestinian children held in custody. The Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices in the Occupied Territories has described the continued denial of fundamental human rights of the Palestinians as totally “unacceptable.”
- The special committee has not been permitted to visit Israel, the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem or the occupied Golan. Israel has a policy of not cooperating with the committee.
- And Israel’s near total ban on exports from Gaza stifles economic growth and makes job opportunities scarce. Between 30 and 40 percent of Gazans are unemployed. Over 1.2 million Gazans received food aid from the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
And 90 percent of the water in Gaza is unsafe for drinking. Business has ground to a standstill with little possibility of importing new equipment or exporting products.
Unemployment stands at around 31 percent and the poverty level at 39 percent, according to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
woensdag 1 augustus 2012
VN-rapport over mensenrechten in Bezet Palestijns Gebieden
Uit het rapport, te lezen met vakbondsbril (Decent Work, Decent Life):