The United Nations established a mediation panel for Palestine and Israel to find a peaceful resolution to a conflict involving claims of racial discrimination.
Both Israel and Palestine are signatories to the International Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Racial Discrimination, according to a statement from the UN Human Rights Office.
Civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights are guaranteed to all people regardless of race under the treaty.
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) can receive complaints from governments about alleged violations of treaties by other states.
Five members of the committee’s human rights experts make up the conciliation commission, which was established in the wake of the convention. Verene Sheperd, Gun Kut, Pansy Tlakula, Chinsung Chung, and Michal Balcerzak are independent specialists who serve in their own capacity.
Two online preparation meetings were held on January 19 and February 10, after which Kut was elected as the commission’s chair. An amicable resolution will be sought after a thorough evaluation of the facts and evidence, as well as the preparation of a report outlining its conclusions and suggestions.
179 countries have accepted the UN Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which was adopted in 1965.