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On Tuesday 23 January Israel is scheduled to have its human rights record reviewed through the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process.

Every five years, every UN member state undergoes the UPR of their human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council. This is a peer-led process, whereby states scrutinise each-other’s human rights record, make recommendations for how it can be improved, and examine progress against recommendations between five-year cycles.

Israel’s Universal Periodic Review

Israel’s UPR review is an opportunity to assess Israel’s adherence to international humanitarian and human rights law in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), including on issues relating to the right to health and the rights of persons with disabilities. MAP made a submission to Israel’s UPR with documented violations of those rights. Israel must ensure that Palestinians in the oPt have access to adequate medical treatment, respect the protected status of Palestinian medical facilities and personnel and promote the right of Palestinians with disabilities to full and equal participation in society.

Take action

In partnership with Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR), Medical Aid for Palestinians has called on the UK Government to fully engage with Israel’s upcoming UPR, and make recommendations in support of Palestinians’ rights to health and dignity.

Please help us urge the Government to take up this call by tweeting the UK Mission in Geneva to make recommendations about Palestinians’ right to health, the rights of people with disabilities or the protection of health facilities at Israel’s UPR in January 2018. Simply click one of the blocks below to tweet @UKMissionGeneva: