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Civil Society Organisations Urge for the Annual Updates of the Database of Businesses Involved Illegal Settlement Enterprise
01، Jul 2020

Geneva – on 15 June 2020,  the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) delivered the joint civil society statement on behalf of 41 Palestinian, regional, international civil society organisations on importance of release of the Database as a corporate accountability tool for the human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) as well its ‘annual updates’, under supervision of the High Commissioner and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).


Joint Oral Intervention


United Nations Human Rights Council – 43rd Session

Item 7: General Debate



Madam President,

Let me begin by commending the High Commissioner and her office for the initial release of the report on the database of businesses involved in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise, despite undue political pressure on her office to suppress this important tool.

The database represents a historic touchstone and important precedent in broader efforts to ensure corporate accountability, including in the areas of environmental rights and violations of international humanitarian law. In line with HRC resolution 31/36, we urge the OHCHR to ensure that the database is updated annually and made publicly accessible until illegal settlements are dismantled, Israel's prolonged military occupation comes to an end, and the Palestinian people are able to fully exercise their right to self-determination, including sovereignty over their natural resources.

Your Excellency,

As states present today are struggling with the current pandemic sweeping the globe, the government of Israel continues to exploit an occupied population and its resources, in part to blunt the impact of the virus to their economy.

Such a blatant case of illegal colonial exploitation being treated as “business as usual” deeply undermines international order based on the rule of law. The progress made over the years in the development of international humanitarian law and the eradication of colonialism, will continue to be threatened so long as Israel is able to continue to exploit occupied territory and its civilian population as a “business venture.”

As such, support by UN member states in the development and updating of the database, including by ensuring the allocation of sufficient resources to carry out this work, will play an important role in challenging Israeli practices in the occupied Palestinian territory and in preserving the integrity of the rule of law over corporate profit. 



  1. 11.11.11
  2. Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
  3. Alataa Charitable Society
  4. Al-Haq
  5. Al Dameer Association for Human Rights
  6. Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights
  7. Arab Network for tolerance
  8. Association des Universitaires Pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine (AURDIP)
  9. Association France Palestine Solidarité
  10. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
  11. Center for Arab Unity Studies
  12. Center for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights (Hurryyat)
  13. Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS)
  14. Collectif Judéo Arabe et Citoyen pour la Palestine
  15. Community Action Center, Al-Quds University
  16. Conectas Direitos Humanos
  17. CNCD - 11.11.11
  18. DefendDefenders
  19. Defence for Children International - Palestine
  20. Fares Al Arab for Development and Charity Works
  21. Forsan Al-Ghad Youth Association‏
  22. Housing and Land Rights Network – Habitat International Coalition
  23. Human Rights & Democracy Media Center (SHAMS)
  24. International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
  25. International Service for Human Rights
  26. Just Peace Advocates
  27. MA'AN Development Center
  28. MRAP (Mouvement contre le Racisme et pour l'Amitié entre les Peuples)
  29. Nuseirat Rehabilitation and Social Training Association (NRSTA)
  30. Palestinian Agricultural Development Association
  31. Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
  32. Palestinian NGO Network
  33. Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies (RCHRS)
  34. Stars of Hope
  35. The Civic Coalition for Palestinians right in Jerusalem
  36. The Palestine Institute for Public Policy
  37. The National Society for Rehabilitation
  38. Union Juive Française pour la Paix (UJFP)
  39. Union of Health Care Committees
  40. Youth Political Forum
  41. Zakher Association