Event Press Briefing : International Federation for Human Rights

Press Briefing : International Federation for Human Rights

Date(s) - 05/04/2024
09:00 - 11:00

Press Club Brussels Europe


Press Briefing : International Federation for Human Rights

Speakers:       Alexis Deswaef, Vice-President, FIDH

                        Antoine Madelin, Director Plaidoyer International, FIDH

                        Diana Alzeer, Head of Strategic Outreach, Al-Haq, Palestinian NGO

Moderation:  Peter Sennekamp, Representative to the EU, FIDH


The European Union plans to impose sanctions against 6 violent Israeli settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories. Alexis Deswaef, Antoine Madelin and a speaker of a Palestinian NGO will question the effectiveness of such EU sanctions in view of the ongoing genocide in Gaza and will discuss decisions the EU should take urgently.

Speakers will also present key financial and economic figures on the illegal activities and investments underway by leading European financial institutions and businesses in the occupied Palestinian territories and the need to sanction Israel’s companies involved into the illegal colonisation.

Discussion points concern also:

    • Suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement, where Art. 2 states: Relations between the Parties, as well as all the provisions of the Agreement itself, shall be based on respect for human rights…”
    • Ceasefire and arms embargo
    • EU-Labelling of products from occupied territories
    • Independent UN investigation into human rights violations committed in Gaza and occupied territories.

Please let us know BY REPLYING TO THIS EMAIL if you’ll participate at the press conference and if you’d like to be included into the press contacts list of the FIDH EU office.

Raphaël Lopoukhine

Responsable du bureau éditorial et relations-presse 

rlopoukhine@fidh.org  / +33 6 72 28 42 94  

 Maxime Duriez

Press and Editorial Communication Officer


+33 6 48 05 91 57

Peter Sennekamp

FIDH, Fédération internationale pour les droits humains / International Federation for Human Rights

Représentant auprès des institutions européennes  / Representative to the European Institutions   Mobile phone: +33 6 82 38 16 92




Boulevard Leopold II, 53B – 1080 Bruxelles

Background of the conference


Human Rights Council, 25 March 2024, A/HRC/55/73

Office of the High Commissioner

Fifty-fifth session

26 February–5 April 2024

Advance unedited version

Anatomy of a Genocide

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights inthe Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Francesca Albanese*


The overwhelming nature and scale of Israel’s assault on Gaza and the destructive conditions of life it has inflicted reveal an intent to physically destroy Palestinians as a group. This report finds that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the threshold indicating the commission of the following acts of genocide against Palestinians in Gaza has been met: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to groups’ members; and deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part. Genocidal acts were approved and given effect following statements of genocidal intent issued by senior military and government officials.



26 March 2024

UN: States must adhere to obligations under Genocide Convention to prevent further loss of life in Gaza, says Special Rapporteur Francesca Albanese,

“The harrowing number of deaths, the irreparable harm done to those who survive, the systematic destruction of every aspect necessary to sustain life in Gaza – from hospitals to schools, from homes to arable land – and the particular harm to hundreds of thousands of children, and to pregnant and young mothers – this can only be interpreted as constituting prima facie evidence of an intention to systematically destroy the Palestinians as a group,” said Albanese said in a report to the UN Human Rights Council today.



12 March 2024 

FIDH: Suspend the EU-Israel Association Agreement 

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and 195 civil society organisations are calling on European Union (UE) decision-makers to suspend the EU-Israel Association Agreement without delay in light of the human rights violations committed by the State of Israel.



Monday February 19, 2024 – Monday February 26, 2024


France recognizes and recalls that colonization is illegal under international law and must stop. Its continuation is incompatible with the creation of a viable Palestinian state, which is the only solution so that Israelis and Palestinians can live, side by side, in peace and security. Legal consequences arising from Israeli policies and practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem – Audiences publiques

See video at: 1h21  https://cdnapisec.kaltura.com/index.php/extwidget/preview/partner_id/2503451/uiconf_id/43914941/entry_id/1_q64rcbqd/embed/dynamic


22. Februar 2024

FIDH: The European Union must sanction Israel for its crimes in Gaza

The European Union has a duty to intervene to the fullest extent against Israel.



29 January 2024

FIDH :  Historic decision by the ICJ: FIDH welcomes the recognition of a plausible risk of genocide by the State of Israel



12 December 2023

FIDH : The unfolding genocide against the Palestinians must stop immediately



30 June 2023

 United Nations, Human Rights,  Office of the High Commissioner

 OHCHR update of database of all business enterprises involved in the activities detailed in paragraph 96 of the report of the independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem



Timeline: Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem



7 February 2013 (!)

United Nations, General Assembly, Human Rights Council

  1. Recommendations


  1. The mission calls upon Israel to, in compliance with article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without preconditions. In addition it should immediately initiate a process of withdrawal of all settlers from the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The mission also urges Israel to ensure adequate, effective and prompt remedy for all Palestinian victims for the harm suffered as a consequence of human rights violations that are a result of the settlements in accordance with that State’s international obligation to provide effective remedy. Where necessary, steps must to be taken to provide such remedy in concurrence with the representatives of the Palestinian people and the assistance of the international community.
  2. The mission calls upon Israel to put an end to the human rights violations that are linked to the presence of settlements.
  3. The mission calls upon Israel to ensure full accountability for all violations, including for all acts of settler violence, in a non-discriminatory manner, and to put an end to the policy of impunity.
  4. The mission urges Israel to put an end to arbitrary arrest and detention of the Palestinian people, especially children, and to observe the prohibition of the transferA/HRC/22/6323 of prisoners from the Occupied Palestinian Territory to the territory of Israel, in accordance with article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
  5. The mission calls upon all Member States to comply with their obligations under international law and to assume their responsibilities in their relations with a State breaching peremptory norms of international law, and specifically not to recognize an unlawful situation resulting from Israel’s violations.
  6. Private companies must assess the human rights impact of their activities and take all necessary steps – including by terminating their business interests in the settlements – to ensure that they do not have an adverse impact on the human rights of the Palestinian people, in conformity with international law as well as the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.51 The mission calls upon all Member States to take appropriate measures to ensure that business enterprises domiciled in their territory and/or under their jurisdiction, including those owned or controlled by them, that conduct activities in or related to the settlements respect human rights throughout their operations. The mission recommends that the Working Group on Business and Human Rights be seized of this matter.


Timeline: Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem



December 2023

DBIO: European Financial Institutions’ Continued Complicity in the Illegal Israeli Settlement Enterprise,



12 August 2022

United Nations, General Assembly, A/HRC/49/87

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk*


“From occupation to apartheid

  1. Introduction

When the facts change, so must our minds.

In the Palestinian territory that Israel has occupied since 1967, there are now 5 million

stateless Palestinians living without rights, in an acute state of subjugation and with no path to self-determination or a viable independent State, which the international community has repeatedly promised is their right. Over the past five decades, Israel has created 300 Jewish-only civilian settlements, all of them illegal,6 with 700,000 Israeli Jewish settlers now living in East Jerusalem and the West Bank in the midst of, but apart from, 3 million Palestinians. In Gaza, Israel has barricaded the 2 million Palestinians into what former British Prime Minister David Cameron called “an open-air prison”,7 a method of population control unique in the modern world. In recent years, prime ministers of Israel have regularly and openly proclaimed that the country’s rule over the Palestinians and their land is permanent and that no Palestinian State will emerge.”

United Nations, Human Rights Council, Database Pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution 31/36

“Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan”