As Palestinian human rights organisations with longstanding experience pursuing accountability and representing the victims of serious human rights and humanitarian law violations, we have unequivocally concluded that accountability is impossible at the domestic level.
Without the intervention of the international community there will be no justice. Those suspected of committing international crimes will be granted impunity, while their victims will be denied their fundamental right to an effective remedy.
The interests of justice demand that the Security Council, acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, refer the situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.
The Human Rights Council must do its utmost to ensure this outcome, and make a clear statement: that human rights apply equally to all people, and that all those who violate the law will be held to account.
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
Addameer Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Association
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