Delivered on 28 September 2015

Delivered by Ms. Rishfa Rasheed, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Offices in Geneva

Thank you, Mr. President,

 

The Maldives remains firm in its condemnation of the illegal actions and constant provocations and human rights violations by Israel, the occupying power, that are relentlessly occurring in the Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem. The Maldives has remained unwavering and strong in its call for the full realisation of the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people and the right of Palestinian people to establish their statehood on the basis of a two-State solution.

 

The Maldives also remains in solidarity with the Palestine in its efforts to obtain full membership at the United Nations, and welcome the recent victory at the UN General Assembly which adopted the resolution “Raising the flags of non-member observer States at the United Nations” with an overwhelming majority of the United Nations’ member states.

 

Mr. President,

 

On Sunday, 13 September, the Israeli forces breached the sanctity and damaged the holy site of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Additionally, Israel, the occupying Power, has imposed restrictions on Palestinians, including children and women, denying almost all worshippers entry into the Holy Site.

 

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. An 18 month old child, Ali Dawabsheh burned to death while sleeping in his home. Israeli policies and actions, are illegal and constitute war crimes under the Fourth Geneva Convention and under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. We therefore, support the call to refer the situation to the ICC to investigate and afford redress to the people of Palestine and called on prompt action to be taken against Israel and its leaders.

 

Mr. President

Israel continues with its apartheid policies and the international community continues with its inaction against Israel. Given the various human rights violations of the occupying power, it is adamant that this Council continue to consider the situation in Occupied Palestinian Territories under Agenda Item 7.

 

In conclusion, we reiterate our strong and steadfast support for the rights of the Palestinian people, including the need for a two-state solution on the basis of 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, as a fundamental step towards safeguarding the human rights of the Palestinian people and finally providing them with the right to self-determination.

 

I thank you Mr. President.