Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Hussam al-Din Ala condemned the systematic violations of human rights committed by the Israeli regime in the Arab country’s occupied Golan Heights.
In a letter to the head of the UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting Human Rights of Palestinian People and Other Arabs of Occupied Territories, al-Din Alademanded the UN and international community pay more attention to the situation of the human rights in Golan Heights, SANA reported on Friday.
The ambassador warned against the escalation of Israeli settlement activities, the looting of natural resources in the occupied Golan and violations of the rights of Golan’s citizens in light of the unlimited support and encouragement that Israel receives from the current US administration to continue its illegal policies and practices and protecting it from international accountability.
The Syrian diplomat referred to reports issued by the United Nations Secretary-General and the Director-General of the International Labor Organization, highlighting discriminatory practices and unfair restrictions imposed by the Israeli regime on Syrians in the occupied Golan Heights.
He added that the reports confirmed the illegality of establishing and expanding the Israeli settlement blocks and the transfer of the population to the occupied territory.
“Such practices, as it is known, are prohibited by the international humanitarian law, international human rights law and relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” he explained.
Alaa also warned of the danger of Israeli attempts to seize natural resources in the occupied area and the property of Syrian citizens under various pretexts, including its attempts to impose so-called alternative ownership documents and plans to establish wind turbines project to generate electricity on lands owned by the Syrians.
The ambassador reiterated Syria’s rejection of any attempts to consolidate the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan and its condemnation of the occupation authorities’ breach of international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, calling on the United Nations and member states not to recognize any legal status stemming from the activities of the occupier.
Since the onset of the occupation, Tel Aviv has been building dozens of settlements in the region and has used it to carry out a number of military operations against the Arab country.
The UN has time and again stressed Syria’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Back in December 2018, the majority of the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution urging the Israeli regime to withdraw from Golan.