Germany Faces Criticism over Gaza Stance in UN Human Rights Review

Germany's human rights record faced significant attention on November 9th during a regular Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session at the United Nations in Geneva. Criticism primarily revolved around Germany's support for Israel's military actions in Gaza and its limitations on pro-Palestinian demonstrations.

Controversial Stance on Gaza

Many Muslim-majority countries have expressed their dissatisfaction with Germany's position on the Israel-Gaza conflict. Ahmed Moharam, Egypt's representative, expressed profound regret regarding what he perceived as Germany's negative stance on the rights of the Palestinian people. Jordan's representative criticised Germany for adopting what he described as "unbalanced positions" on the issue.

Turkey has issued a strong statement urging Germany to stop supplying any military material or equipment to Israel that could potentially be used in the commission of war crimes or crimes against humanity. There is a growing international concern regarding the use of arms provided by different countries in conflict zones, specifically about the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Germany's Response and Defence of Israel

Despite facing criticism, Germany has consistently maintained its support for Israel's right to defend itself. Luise Amtsberg, the commissioner for human rights policy and humanitarian assistance, as well as the head of Germany's delegation, emphasised that Germany considers Israel's security and right to exist non-negotiable. This position highlights the historical context, as the UPR aligns with the 85th anniversary of the Nazi Kristallnacht pogrom. This serves as a solemn reminder of the atrocities that took place during World War II.

Anti-Semitic Sentiment Concerns:

During the review, Amtsberg expressed her concern about the increasing incidents of anti-Semitism in Germany. She emphasised that the protection of Jewish life and the commitment to the principle of "never again" are non-negotiable for the country. She emphasised the need to address the issue of Jews in Germany feeling increasingly unsafe.

Criticism of Measures Taken Against Pro-Palestinian Demonstrations

Many nations have expressed concerns regarding Germany's actions against pro-Palestinian demonstrations, as they perceive these measures as limitations on freedom of expression and assembly. The representative from Qatar expressed concerns regarding the sanctions and measures imposed on demonstrators in Germany who were showing support for Gaza. Lebanon has urged Germany to uphold and safeguard the fundamental rights of its citizens, specifically the right to freedom of expression and assembly.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) conducted by the United Nations (UN) provides a platform for nations to evaluate and engage in discussions regarding the human rights records of one another. During Germany's recent session, there was significant criticism from several nations regarding its stand on the Israel-Gaza conflict and the actions taken against pro-Palestinian demonstrations. As the international community continues to search for a balanced approach to conflicts in the Middle East, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) highlights the complexities and challenges that nations face when dealing with human rights issues on a global scale.

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