Givat Zeev, an Israeli settlement near the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the West Bank.Credit...Ahmad Gharabli/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Al-Haq human rights organization lauded the release of the United Nations list of companies operating in the Israeli illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
“Al-Haq welcomes OHCHR’s report, and affirms that the release of the database is integral to ending corporate complicity in human rights violations and ensuring transparency and promoting accountability for business activities in the occupied Palestinian territory,” al-Haq said in a press statement.
“The report also recognizes the mandate provided by the Human Rights Council resolution 31/36, which included the annual update of the database,” it added.
Director of al-Haq Shawan Jabarin stressed the need to annually update the database.
“Adding and removing companies from the long-awaited database creates a necessary incentive and deterrent against engaging with Israel’s illegal settlement industry, as mandated by Human Rights Council resolution 31/36”, said Shawan.
“It is therefore critical to annually update the database to bring an end to corporate complicity in Israel’s prolonged occupation and widespread and systematic human rights abuses,” he added.
“Al-Haq commends OHCHR’s commitment, despite undue political pressure, to uphold human rights standards and the rule of law and to pursue justice and accountability,” the statement further read.
The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday released the long-anticipated database of 112 companies operating in the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Syria’s Golan Heights.
The release of the database comes after years of unexplained delays, which prompted human rights organizations to express concern that the UN was succumbing to political pressure to withhold the information.