UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied since 1967 (2001-2008)
UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied since 1967 (2008-2014)
UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied since 1967 (2016-2022)
Deputy Executive Director & Senior Fellow
Arab Center Washington DC
About the Webinar
Arab Center Washington DC is holding a special conversation and book talk with John Dugard, Richard Falk, and Michael Lynk, who are three of the top experts on international law who all served as UN Special Rapporteurs on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied since 1967. They will discuss the status of Palestinian human rights and their recent book, Protecting Human Rights in Occupied Palestine: Working Through the United Nations.
About the Book
Protecting Human Rights in Occupied Palestine: Working Through the United Nations is the first comprehensive examination of UN efforts to protect Palestinian human rights in the territories that were initially occupied by Israel more than 50 years ago, during the 1967 War. Working through the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, three top experts on international law—Richard Falk, John Dugard, and Michael Lynk—each served for six consecutive years as unpaid Special Rapporteurs with a UN mandate to report on Israeli violations of international humanitarian law and human rights standards. Being outside the discipline that controls UN bureaucrats, they enjoyed a high measure of political independence in carrying out their fact-finding and reporting missions. Strikingly, despite their differences in background and political outlook, they came to a unanimous consensus confirming Israel’s routine and diverse violations of Palestinians’ basic rights.
This book recounts their frustrations, their trials, their experiences, and their conclusions. It provides an authoritative go-to resource, tracing in painstaking detail, in all its aspects, one of the most onerous, longstanding and abusive human rights situations facing the United Nations. Underscoring the importance of this mandate as providing an independent witness to the evolving deleterious effects of the continuing occupation of Palestine by Israel, Protecting Human Rights in Occupied Palestine provides a documented, comprehensive record of violations by Israel and its ongoing defiance of international law and UN resolutions.
The book’s foreword is by Francesca Albanese, the current UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestine Territories Occupied since 1967. For more information about the book, click here