UN Human Rights Council condemns Israel’s treatment of Golan’s Druze

24 March 2016

The United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution on Thursday condemning Israel for its abuse and violation of the human rights of the Druze who reside in the Golan Heights, a Syrian territory occupied and annexed illegally by Israel.

Thirty-one countries, headed by Russia and the Arab and Muslim members of the council, voted in favor of the resolution. Sixteen countries, among them all European members of the council, abstained.

The resolution says that the council is “Deeply concerned at the suffering of the Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan due to the systematic and continuous violation of their fundamental and human rights by Israel since the Israeli military occupation of 1967.” The resolution further states as illegal the 1981 Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights, adding that Israel must cease settlement construction there.

The council’s resolution calls on Israel to “desist from imposing Israeli citizenship and Israeli identity cards on the Syrian citizens” in the Golan Heights and to allow them to visit their relatives in Syria.

The resolution also calls on UN member states not to recognize the Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights.