At the Human Rights Council today, the Maldives once again has raised its voice in the plight of the Palestinian people.

Speaking at the General Debate on Item 7 at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council, H.E. Dr Hala Hameed, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations Office in Geneva condemned Israel’s systematic violations of the human rights of Palestinians, including the right to property, freedom of movement, development and self-determination.

Permanent Representative Hala also noted that despite the adoption of countless UN Security Council resolutions, and the numerous reports of illegal Israeli practices, the occupying power is not held accountable. Further said ‘the consequences prolonged violence and the depravation of basic human rights across not years, nor decades, but rather across the span of generations is forever the responsibility of the international community’

The Maldives reaffirmed its position that sustainable peace can only be maintained through the two-State solution, recognizing the sovereign and independent State of Palestine, based on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Ambassador Hala concluded her statement by calling upon the international community to prioritize the peace process to seek lasting peace for the people and the State of Palestine.