Freedom House urges Israel, Gaza to Protect Civilians and Maintain Ceasefire

Washington

Freedom House applauds the announcement of a ceasefire between the government of Israel and the Hamas authorities in Gaza and hopes this will mark the beginning of a determined international effort to permanently end the violence that has cost the lives of innocent civilians. Freedom House urges the United States government to do everything it can to build on this accomplishment to foster a durable ceasefire and work towards a long-term solution that will provide security, justice and the protection of fundamental human rights for both Israelis and Palestinians. We note the role of Egypt, Turkey and Qatar as potential mediators with influence, especially on Hamas, and strongly encourage these governments to play a positive role in achieving a lasting solution.

The right to life is one of the most basic human rights, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Both sides should uphold this principle and take steps to ensure that fundamental human rights are being protected by all parties. It is critical that all necessary precautions are taken to avoid harm to civilians, as mandated by the Geneva Convention.

As Freedom House has said on previous occasions of violence in the region, peace can only come about when basic human rights are protected, and urges Israelis and Palestinians, as well as the United States, to work towards a viable political solution to the conflict that will protect both peoples rights to life, security and liberty.

Learn more:

Freedom in the World 2012:  Israel

Freedom in the World 2012:  Gaza Strip

Freedom of the Press 2012:  Israel 

Freedom of the Press 2012:  West Bank and Gaza Strip

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