United Nations - A
5 December 1970
2727 (XXV). Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices
Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories
The General Assembly,
Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations,
Bearing in mind the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the
provisions of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian persons in Time
of War, of 12 August 1949,1/
Recalling Security Council resolutions 237 (1967) of 14 June 1967 and 259 (1968) of
27 September 1968,
Recalling also its resolutions 2252 (ES-V) of 4 July 1967, 2443 (XXIII) and 2452 A
(XXIII) of 19 December 1968, 2535 B (XXIV) of 10 December 1969 and 2672 D (XXV) of 8
Further recalling Commission on Human Rights resolutions 6 (XXIV) of 27 February
1968,2/ 6 (XXV) of 4 March 1969 3/ and 10 (XXVI) of 23 March 1970,4/
the telegram of 8 March 1968 dispatched by the Commission to the Israeli authorities,5/
the relevant resolutions of the International Conference on Human Rights held at Teheran
in 1968,6/ Economic and Social Council resolution 1515 (XLVIII), adopted on 28 May
1970 on the recommendation of the Commission on the Status of Women,7/ and the
other relevant resolutions of the Economic and Social Council, the United nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the World Health Organization,
Having considered the report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli
Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories,8/
Noting with regret that the provisions of the above-mentioned resolutions have not
been implemented by the Israeli authorities,
Gravely concerned for the safety, welfare and security of the inhabitants of the
Arab territories under military occupation by Israel,
1. Expresses its sincere appreciation to the Special Committee to Investigate
Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories
and to its members for their efforts in performing the task assigned to them;
2. Calls upon the Government of Israel immediately to implement the recommendations
of the special Committee embodied in its report and to comply with its obligations under
the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12
August 1949, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the relevant resolutions
adopted by the various international organizations;
3. Requests the Special Committee, pending the early termination of the Israeli
occupation of Arab territories, to continue its work and to consult, as appropriate, with
the International Committee of the Red Cross in order to ensure the safeguarding of the
human rights of the population of the occupied territories;
4. Urges the Government of Israel to receive the Special Committee, co-operate with
it and facilitate its work;
5. Requests the Special Committee to report to the Secretary-General as soon as
possible and whenever the need arises thereafter;
6. Requests the Secretary-General to provide the Special Committee with all the
necessary facilities for the continued performance of its tasks;
7. Decides to inscribe on the provisional agenda of its twenty-sixth session an
item entitled "Report (or reports) of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli
Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories".
1/ United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75 (1950), No. 973.
2/ See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, Forty-fourth
Session, Supplement No. 4 (E/4475), chapter XVIII.
3/ Ibid., Forty-sixth Session, document E/4621, chapter XVIII.
4/ Ibid., Forth-eighth Session, Supplement No. 5, (E/4816), chapter
5/ Ibid., Forth-fourth Session, Supplement No. 4, (E/4475), para.
6/ Final Act of the International Conference on Human Rights (United Nations
publication, Sales No. E.68.XIV.2), chapter III.
7/ See Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, Forty-eighth
Session, Supplement No. 6 (E/4831), chapter XIII, draft resolution VII.
8/ Official Records of the General Assembly, Twenty-fifth Session, agenda
item 101, document A/8089.