Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan -Report of the Secretary-General (A/HRC/34/39) (Advance unedited version)

Report
from UN Human Rights Council
Published on 16 Mar 2017 View Original

Human Rights Council
Thirty-fourth session
27 February-24 March 2017
Agenda items 2 and 7

Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General

Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories

Summary

The present report has been prepared by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/31/36 on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan. The report reviews trends in settlement expansion, land designation for Israeli use in the West Bank, and related policies and practices pertaining to the Israeli settlement enterprise. It examines the human rights and international humanitarian law violations arising from Israel’s continued settlement expansion and land designation policy, including implications of the coercive environment affecting Palestinian communities at risk of forcible transfer. The report also provides an analysis of violations relating to the production and trade of settlement goods.

I. Introduction

1. The present report is submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 31/36 and covers the period between 1 November 2015 and 31 October 2016. It should be read in conjunction with previous reports of the Secretary-General on Israeli settlements to the General Assembly and to the Human Rights Council.

2. The report illustrates the persistence of the Israeli settlement enterprise comprising settlement expansion and efforts to exert control over land in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory entered its 50th year, and the occupied Syrian Golan its 44th.

3. The report highlights how Israel’s policies relating to settlement activities remain at the core of a range of human rights violations in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. It examines how such policies create a coercive environment in areas under Israeli control, placing affected Palestinian communities at risk of forcible transfer. As requested by resolution 31/36, the report includes an analysis of the human rights and international law violations involved in the production of settlement goods and the relationship between trade in these goods and the maintenance and economic growth of settlements.