West Bank, ALRAY - European Union's Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore emphasized the importance of holding Israel accountable for its violations against the Palestinian people and the imperative to safeguard civilians, particularly children, in every situation.
He extended his condolences to the family of Mohammed Tamimi, a two-and-a-half-year-old child who tragically lost his life last Monday as a result of injuries sustained from gunfire by Israeli occupation forces in the village of Al-Nabi Saleh, located north of Ramallah.
On the occasion of Eamon Gilmore's visit to Palestine, a gathering was held in Ramallah on Wednesday evening. The meeting was organized by the Jerusalem Human Rights Institutions Assembly and the European Union Office in Occupied Jerusalem. It was attended by several ambassadors, consuls, representatives from human rights institutions, and Palestinian civil society organizations.
During the meeting, Gilmore emphasized the importance of ensuring accountability and bringing the perpetrators to justice in the tragic incident of the martyrdom of young Tamimi.
He emphasized the European Union's position on the illegality and illegitimacy of settlements, home demolitions, and forced evictions in the occupied Palestinian territories.
He emphasized that human rights stipulate treating everyone with dignity, which includes equal rights for all people anywhere in the world, such as the right to work, freedom of movement, the right to live with dignity, and protection against persecution and racism, among other basic rights.
He also noted that the European Union will continue working towards protecting and promoting human rights in Palestine by supporting human rights institutions and civil society. Additionally, the EU will provide assistance to the Palestinian government in strengthening its institutions and ensuring the provision of essential services to its citizens.
Ezzam Al-Arouri, the Director of the Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights, outlined in a speech on behalf of the Jerusalem Human Rights Institutions Assembly, the crimes committed by the occupation against our people, which violate international law, international humanitarian law, and human rights conventions.
The European Union and the international community called for holding Israel, the occupying power, accountable for its crimes against our people and bringing the perpetrators to international justice.
He affirmed that human rights institutions will continue their work in documenting and monitoring the violations committed by the occupation. They will also engage in international advocacy for the rights of our people to freedom and independence, alongside providing legal assistance to enhance their resilience on the ground until the end of the occupation.
The Jerusalem Human Rights Institutions Assembly includes the following organizations: the Catholic Center for Human Rights - Saint Eve, the Women's Center for Legal and Social Guidance, the Land Research Center, and the Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights.