The 29th of November marks International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1977. It also marks the adoption of the infamous General Assembly resolution 181, that called for the partition of Palestine into two states in 1947 : an Arab state and a Jewish state.
The human rights situation in Occupied Palestinian Territory continues to deteriorate, threatening international peace and security, with the people of Palestine continuously subjected to heinous human rights violations and disastrous calamities.
However, despite the constant turmoil, Palestinians continue to fight for their inherent right to build a future of peace and dignity, as well as their inalienable right to be an equal member within the international community, based on the principles of independence and sovereignty.
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People provides the international community with an opportunity to reaffirm it’s commitment to the people of Palestine and their futures, particularly considering that the question of Palestine has yet to be resolved.
Moreover, this day acts as a reminder that Palestinians have yet to attain inalienable fundamental rights, such as the right to self-determination without external interference and the right of return to their homes from which they were unrightfully expelled from, as stipulated in Article 11 of Resolution 1945, which reads :
[The General Assembly] Resolves that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible.
The Geneva Institute for Human Rights, on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, calls for the immediate translation of all United Nations Resolutions on the Palestinian issue into action, with the aspiration of restoring the fundamental human rights of Palestinians, and enhancing peace, security and stability in the Middle East and North Africa.