Days of Palestine

Tuesday, January 31

UK votes against UN resolution seeking to help Palestinian women

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On 23 March, the UN Commission on the Status of Women approved a resolution titled Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women.

It recommended that the Economic and Social Council call upon the international community to “continue to provide urgently needed assistance to Palestinian women and girls” who face “a dire humanitarian crisis under Israeli occupation.”

The UK delegation voted against the resolution.

This resolution called on the council to demand that Israel protect the rights of Palestinian women and their families. It also said Israel must comply with the provisions and principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Conventions and other international covenants.

It also urged the international community to renew efforts to advance the conclusion of a peace treaty. The resolution said that any treaty should recognise the two‑state solution.

Thirty countries voted in favour of this resolution and only four voted against and 11 abstained. The four countries that voted against were Israel, Guatemala, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

UK ambassador Jonathan Allen said that he maintained that the UK’s vote against this resolution was a vote against “the politicisation” of the Commission on the Status of Women.

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