The United States called for a workshop in Manama on June 25-26 to
focus on the economic aspects of a US peace plan between the Israeli occupation
and the Palestinians whose political details have not revealed. The Palestinian
leadership confirmed in May not to participate in the conference, and said that
no one consulted it about the economic workshop, saying that no party has the
right to negotiate on its behalf.
This conference and workshop affect the right of the Palestinian
people in self-determination, which is guaranteed by the international
charters. The right to self-determination is a
term in international law which means that the people or the local population
has the power to determine the form of power they want and the way to achieve
it freely and without outside interference. This
right is not only political but also economic, social and cultural. Here is the
importance of this right, as affirmed in the Charter of the United Nations of
1945 and the International Covenants of 1966.
The right to self-determination is a collective, and not an
individual, right. In the mean that this right cannot be exercised only by one
individual or group of individuals. But it is for a large number of people,
including common links, such as language, history, culture. International law has restricted this right by several
restrictions. The right to self-determination is limited to two situations.
First, it is the situation of peoples under colonial or occupation, under which
they have the right to be rid of foreign occupation or racial discrimination
and to govern themselves. The second is the situation of minorities subjected
to persecution or racial discrimination organized by the State.
The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution
reaffirming the right of the Palestinian people in self-determination, including
the right of an independent State. The resolution urged all States, specialized
agencies and organizations of the United Nations system to continue to support
the Palestinian people and to assist them in achieving their right to
self-determination as soon as possible.
The General Assembly confirmed the urgent need to proceed without
delay to end the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 and to achieve a just,
lasting and comprehensive peace settlement between the Palestinian and Israeli
sides on the basis of the relevant United Nations resolutions. The General
Assembly confirmed the need to respect and maintain the unity, integrity and
integrity of the entire occupied Palestinian territory, including East
If the right to self-determination is based on the right of the
oppressed peoples to self-determination, that is to say, freedom from
colonialism and domination and the establishment of independent states with an
independent political entity based on the equal rights of the peoples, it is
only natural that the Palestinian people have the right to self-determination,
In which he lived for thousands of years, in accordance with the provisions of
international law and to work to achieve this by all possible means.
UNRWA is an international organization that has a specific purpose
and its existence is linked to Palestinian refugees. Any attempt to abolish
this organization without the return of refugees is a violation of General
Assembly resolution 302, which UNRWA established by it.
The Bahrain conference is an attempt to normalize relations between
the Arab countries and the Israeli occupation without addressing the
Palestinian issue properly and without reference to the Palestinian will.
light of these dangers to the Palestinian cause, the Palestinian Association
for Human Rights (witness) calls for the following:
United Nations has full responsibility for the Palestinian cause and for the
implementation of its international resolutions.
The European Union, the League of Arab States
and other regional organizations to intervene immediately and press on the
American administration to urge them to retreat from the decisions to liquidate
the Palestinian cause and destroy the international law system.
budget should be shifted from an independent budget based on voluntary
contributions only to a fixed budget as part of the UN budget until the refugee
issue is resolved and returned to their homes.
Palestinian Association for Human Rights (witness)