“. . . [UN Human Rights Council] condemns summary and extrajudicial executions. . . death penalty without regard for the ICCPR’s safeguards.. . .” (Ilia Maria Siatitsa)

Slain Palestinian youth Jihad Hussein Harb, 19, from Qalqiliya, Dec. 8, 2016 (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)

❶ . Palestinian youth killed by Israeli forces after alleged attempted stabbing near Nablus
❷ . Israel blocks Gaza women from breast cancer treatment

  • Background: “Human Rights In Armed Conflict: Ten Years Of Affirmative State Practice Within United Nations Resolutions.” Journal Of International Humanitarian Legal Studies

❸ . West Bank village turned into a ‘prison’ in the wake of arson accusations
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Ma’an News Agency
Dec. 8, 2016
A Palestinian youth was killed by Israeli border police forces on Thursday morning in the northern occupied West Bank after he allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack.
___Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that an 18-year-old Palestinian attempted to stab an Israeli border police officer at the Zaatara junction south of the city of Nablus, prompting Israeli forces to shoot at him, killing him instantly.     ___Al-Samri made no mention of any Israelis being injured.        More . . .  

Gaza women with breast cancer, conference, ” Call For Help” for treatment, Oct. 10, 2016. (Photo: Press House Palestine) http://www.palbas.org/en/news/2016/10/11/782.html

The Electronic Intifada   
Sarah Algherbawi
Dec. 5, 2016
Khuloud Abu Qamar spoke quietly but her words still shocked. “Israel is killing me slowly,” she said. “And it is killing my children, too.”
___After undergoing surgery for breast cancer last year, Abu Qamar requires further treatment which she has not been able to receive in Gaza. She has asked Israel for permission to travel. Her applications have so far been rejected. Aged 40, she has six children, the youngest of whom is still a baby.
___Her plight is shared by many others in Gaza. Estimates from the local health ministry indicate that several hundred women with breast cancer have been obstructed from traveling by Israel so far this year.      More . . .

  • Siatitsa, Ilia Maria, and Maia Titberidze. “Human Rights In Armed Conflict: Ten Years Of Affirmative State Practice Within United Nations Resolutions.” Journal Of International Humanitarian Legal Studies 3.2 (2013): 233-262.   SOURCE. 

[. . . .] p. 238   There are a number of country-specific and thematic resolutions adopted Human Rights Council (HRC), and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), which, as presented below, point to a general understanding that HRL (Human Rights Law) does apply in armed conflict . . . the title of resolution 12/5 of the HRC (Human Rights Council) speaks for itself: ‘Protection of the human rights of civilians in armed conflict’. (HRC Res. 12/5, 1 October 2009.)
[. . . .] p. 253 The prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is found in both IHL (International Humanitarian Law) and HRL. The prohibition is absolute in all circumstances . . . Thematic resolutions on the prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment are adopted annually within the framework of the General Assembly, HRC, and CHR. Despite being thematic, these resolutions contain specific references affirming that the rights referred to are equally applicable in times of armed conflict . . . Most of these directives are taken from human rights instruments.
[. . . .] p. 254    The importance of the right to life is constantly repeated and reaffirmed in a number of resolutions. The right to life is mentioned in the context of indiscriminate attacks affecting civilians by emphasizing the fundamental value of the right to life and calling on relevant parties to abide by their obligations in this respect. The HRC has stressed that the right to life is the most fundamental of all rights. It repeatedly condemns attacks against the civilian population . . . The HRC also condemns summary and extrajudicial executions. The HRC has, moreover, condemned the use of the death penalty without regard for the ICCPR’s safeguards.
___In this context, targeted attacks against civilians have repeatedly been condemned by the SC as violating both branches of law. The relevant bodies tend to employ HRL terms regarding the question of targeted killings and extrajudicial executions that have been condemned by all UN bodies on several occasions. Furthermore, the CHR has invoked the obligation to take measures to prevent loss of life in all circumstances. In sum, the right to life represents an important component of the majority of the conflict-related resolutions.
___The right to a fair trial contains the right of every person to a fair and public hearing by a competent, independent, and impartial tribunal established by law. Various bodies, among others the GA, have affirmed this right.  [. . . .]

Ma’an News Agency
Dec. 7, 2016
Dozens of Palestinians have been detained — including a number of children — and clashes have erupted daily in the occupied West Bank village of Deir Nidham since it was blockaded by the Israeli army three weeks ago, “turning the lives of 1,600 into a prison,” locals told Ma’an on Wednesday.
___Deir Nidham, northwest of Ramallah city, was placed under a military closure after a fire erupted just a few kilometers away in the illegal Israeli settlement of Halamish, which is built on the lands of the village and on the lands of neighboring Nabi Saleh.
___Israeli authorities have said that investigations revealed the fire to be a case of arson, and launched a crippling blockade on Deir Nidham ever since.      More . . . 

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