Tee Hee: UN 'human rights council's 'special rapporteur on Israel' resigns after being refused a visa
Makarim Wibisono, the Indonesian who was appointed two years ago to replace Richard Falk
as the UN 'human rights council's 'special rapporteur on Israel' has resigned his position after being repeatedly denied a visa
to enter the country.
“I took up this mandate with the understanding that Israel would grant
me access, as an impartial and objective observer,” he said.
Wibisono of Indonesia was appointed to the post of special rapporteur
on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories in 2014.
He replaced American Richard Falk, who held the post for six years.
his resignation letter to the United Nations Human Rights Council he
said that he had tried for two years to gain access to the Palestinian
territories submitting multiple written and oral requests for access.
my efforts to help improve the lives of Palestinian victims of
violations under the Israeli occupation have been frustrated every step
of the way,” said Wibisono.
“With no reply from Israel to my
latest request, in October 2015, to have access by the end of 2015, it
is with deep regret that I accept the premise upon which I took up the
mandate, which is to have direct access to the victims in the Occupied
Palestinian Territory, will not be fulfilled,” he said.
the only country for which the UNHRC has assigned a permanent special
investigator. All other country assignments are temporary and must be
The investigator’s mandate is focused exclusively on
Israeli violations in the Palestinians territories and does not require
the rapporteur to equally look at Palestinian human rights violations.
has persistently protested that both the mandate and the permanent
assignment reflect the UNHRC’s continued bias to the Jewish state and
has therefore refused to cooperate with the investigators including
The Foreign Ministry said on Monday that it respected
Wibisono and that it felt his resignation was a subtle commentary on the
bias inherent in the position of the special rapporteur.
In this case, playing hard ball has apparently paid off. There was nothing to be gained in granting Wibisono access to the region.
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