Seeking Justice: Statement by the Palestinian Women Coalition of UNSCR 1325 on the visit of the delegation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutorís Office on 9-10 October 2016 to Palestine
On the occasion of the ICC Prosecutorís Office to Palestine, the Palestinian Women Coalition of UNSCR 1325, which consists of twelve different Palestinian womenís organisations, is urging the Prosecutorís Office to take concrete actions towards investigating war crimes committed against Palestinians. The Womenís International League for Peace and Freedom remains deeply concerned with the complete impunity of Israeli war crimes and firmly supports the Coalitionís call for a just accountability mechanism for Palestinian victims. WILPF also calls on the international community to recognise and fully support Palestinian womenís organisations substantial role in paving the paths to justice, accountability and peace. Read the statement of the Palestinian Women Coalition of UNSCR 1325 below.
We, the Palestinian Women Coalition of UNSCR 1325,welcome the visit of the delegation of the ICC Prosecutorís Office as a step in the right direction. But we are deeply disappointed that the purpose of this visit was restricted to preliminary examination, while Palestinian victims of Israeli war crimes, including women, continue to suffer and urgently await justice and an end to Israel impunity.
We do not understand the decision to exclude the Gaza Strip from this visit, when Gaza has been the site of the most war crimes and where women have been most systematically impacted by Israeli collective punishment policies; a prolonged imposed siege and a severe humanitarian deterioration resulting from Israeli military aggressions .
We are further disappointed that women who have been systematically impacted, and their womenís organisations, have been excluded from the delegationís agenda.
We call upon all future delegations of the ICC Prosecutorís Office to include on their agenda meetings with womenís organisations and women who have experienced direct and indirect impacts of Israeli crimes.
We, the Palestinian Women Coalition of UNSCR 1325, have seen in UNSCR 1325, 2242, and other UN Resolutions a commitment to hold the Israeli perpetrators accountable for their war crimes.
We look to the ICC as the most important mechanism to end impunity for all war crimes committed, finally bringing justice for the Palestinian people. Yet, we are very concerned that the preliminary examinations will be an endless process.
Therefore, we urge, Ms. Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor of the ICC, to conclude the preliminary examination and move to investigations into Israeli war crimes, bringing justice to Palestinians.
We have paid the price of non-accountability and impunity of Israeli war crimes for too long. ďDelaying justice is justice denied.Ē
Palestinian Women Coalition of UNSCR 1325: The General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW), the Womenís Affairs Technical Committee (WATC), Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development (PWWSD), MIFTAH, Filastinyat, Women Media and Development (TAM), Women Stu Dies Center, Womenís Center for Legal Aid and Counseling (WACLAC), the National, YWCA of Palestine, Center for Womenís Legal Research and Consulting (CWLRC), the Culture and Free thought Association(CWLRC) and Womenís Affairs Center (GWAC).
October 11, 2016