UNHRC strengthens call for arms embargo against Israel


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UNHRC strengthens call for arms embargo against Israel
This is the four year in a row that the UNHRC has dealt with the issue.
MARCH 18, 2021

The UN Human Rights Council is expected to vote on Monday on a resolution that strengthens the call for an arms embargo against Israel over fears of human rights violations. This is the fourth consecutive year that the UNHRC has dealt with the issue, which has gained prominence as the International Criminal Court considers bringing war crimes lawsuits against Israelis for actions in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, and military conduct in Gaza.

Known as the accountability resolution, the text calls for all UN member states to “refrain from transferring arms [to Israel] when, in accordance with applicable national procedures and international obligations and standards, they assess that there is a clear risk that such arms might be used to commit or facilitate serious violations or abuses of international human rights law or serious violations of international humanitarian law.” Monday’s vote, which will be held toward the end of the 46th session in Geneva, will be followed on Tuesday with votes on the Palestinian right to self-determination, the boycott of settlement activity, and a call for Israel to withdraw from the Golan Heights.

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