Details: UN Human Rights Council on the Golan

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a new resolution condemning Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights and confirming its dependence on Syria for the opposition of 16 out of 41 countries in a dangerous indicator of the development of this issue.

Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, China, Chile, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, India, Iraq, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia and Uruguay.

But all Western and other US-allied countries opposed to the resolution – Britain, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Slovakia, Spain, Togo and Ukraine.

The five abstentions were the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Fiji, Rwanda and Somalia.

The document, submitted to the vote by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), addresses the issue of human rights in the occupied Golan and condemns “the illegal imposition of Israeli citizenship on the Syrians, indiscriminate arrests and other human rights violations by the occupying forces.”

The resolution stressed “the principle of rejecting the control of land by the use of force,” calling on “the occupation to abide by all UN resolutions, including resolution 497 of the Security Council, which classifies all Israeli laws, sovereignty and administration imposed on the occupied Syrian Golan null and void.”

The resolution also expressed regret at Israel’s policy of expanding its settlements in the area.

In clarifying its refusal to adopt this resolution, Britain said it was not against the Human Rights Council, but the latter was paying excessive attention to the cause of Israel.

Most of the other countries that opposed the document also said they did not support it because their text was unbalanced, but stressed that the Golan was considered a Syrian land occupied by Israel.

The adoption of the resolution, which is not mandatory in response to US President Donald H. Trump’s announcement on Thursday night, was “time” to recognize Israel’s full sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights since 1967 in a position rejected by the United Nations and the European Union And the League of Arab States.

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