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ICC Prosecutor opens probe into alleged crimes in occupied Palestine

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Wednesday that her Office has started an investigation into crimes allegedly committed in Occupied Palestinian Territory. 

Rights experts condemn ongoing demolition of Palestinian Bedouin village

Two independent UN human rights experts are urging Israel to halt efforts to demolish the Palestinian village of Humsa Al-Bqai'a, fearing it is part of a wider pattern of forcible removals and displacement.  

Palestinian elections raise hopes for two-State solution, Middle East Coordinator tells Security Council

The holding of free and fair elections in the Occupied Palestinian Territory will help “clear the path” for restoring a legitimate political horizon to realize a long sought two-State solution, the leading UN diplomat for the region told the Security Council on Friday.

UN ready to support Palestinian elections, new envoy tells Security Council

Palestinian elections scheduled for later this year will be a crucial step towards unity, the new UN envoy in the region, Tor Wennesland, said on Tuesday in his first briefing to the Security Council. 

UN rights experts urge Israel to respect international obligations 

UN independent rights experts on Tuesday, described Israel’s conviction of human rights defender Issa Amro earlier this month, as showing disdain for the country’s international obligations.  

Guterres welcomes Palestinian announcement of elections as ‘crucial step’ towards unity

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed Friday’s announcement from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of the first full parliamentary and presidential elections in 15 years, scheduled to begin in May.

Israel: Ensure equal COVID-19 vaccine access to Palestinians – UN Independent experts 

Israel’s “impressive” vaccination programme against the COVID-19 pandemic must include Palestinians under occupation, UN independent human rights experts stressed on Wednesday. 

News in Brief 11 January 2021

  • WHO’s Tedros welcomes China announcement on COVID-19 team visit 
  • UNAIDS unveils new targets on HIV prevention amid rise in stigma  
  • Rights expert calls for reversal of Israel’s eviction order against 16 Palestinian families 
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UN rights experts ‘deeply troubled’ by impunity for killing of Palestinian children

UN independent human rights experts, on Thursday, called for an impartial and independent investigation into the killing of a 15-year-old child by Israeli security forces at a West Bank protest this month. 

Envoy welcomes restart of Israeli-Palestinian coordination amid COVID-19 rise

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in the Middle East following weeks of decline, the top UN official in the region has welcomed the Palestinian Authority’s decision to resume coordination with Israel.