Delivered on 21 March 2016

Delivered by Her Excellency Dr. Hala Hameed, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary / Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva

Thank you, Mr. President,

 

At the outset, we align our statement made by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC.

 

The Maldives remains firm in its condemnation of the unjustifiable human rights violations that are relentlessly occurring in the Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem, which are subject to persistent illegal Israeli occupation. We express our unyielding support and steadfast solidarity for the people of Palestine in their just cause, which they have been fightingfor over half a century.

 

The Maldives urges Israel to actively participate in the peace process with genuine resolve and sincerity. We remind you that settler violence is directly related to the continued existence and expansion of illegal settlements throughout the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and has far-reaching implications for the rights of Palestinians.

 

Mr. President,

 

Human rights are inalienable and intrinsic to every human being, and it is intolerable they continue to be denied to Palestinian people on a daily basis. As members of the international community, and this Council, it is not only our duty but also our moral obligation to address this humanitarian crisis, and to protect Palestinian people and their basic Human Rights. We further reiterate call on this Council to expedite the appointment of the next Special Procedure mandate holder, as well as enhance attention given by other mandate holders and mechanisms of this Council to the human rights situation of the Palestinian people.

 

We express our full commitment and unwavering support to the Item under consideration, and the resolutions that are to be adopted concerning the situation of the Palestinian people. In this regard, the Maldives restates the inalienable, permanent and unqualified right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including their right to live in freedom, justice and dignity and their right to an independent State of Palestine. We support the solution of two States, Palestine and Israel, living side by side in peace and security.

 

To conclude, once again the Maldives urges the Israeli authorities to cooperate with the Special Procedure Mandate holder, and other mandate holders by granting them full and unfettered access, implement the recommendations given at the UPR and oblige by its international obligations.

Finally, the Maldives reiterates calls upon Israel to immediately halt its violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

 

Thank you, Mr. President.