Malaysia Supports UNHRC Resolution Calling for Cease Arms Trade with Israel

Malaysia Supports UNHRC Resolution Calling for Cease Arms Trade with Israel

Malaysia strongly welcomes the resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) calling on all countries to cease the sale, transfer and diversion of arms, ammunition and other military equipment to Israel.

In a statement last Friday (April 5), the Malaysian Foreign Ministry, Wisma Putra, stressed the importance of all countries ensuring that Israel complies with its obligations under international law, including the effective implementation of this resolution.

The statement reiterated that Malaysia supported and co-sponsored the resolution initiated by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). It also states that the adoption of this resolution is in line with Malaysia's consistent advocacy at the UN Human Rights Council to protect Palestinians from gross human rights violations committed by Israel.

Malaysia firmly reiterates its commitment to the Palestinian issue and pledges to continue to work towards the realization of an independent and sovereign State of Palestine based on the pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. In addition, Malaysia seeks full Palestinian membership in the United Nations.

The resolution stresses the urgent need for an immediate ceasefire, condemns the use of starvation as a strategy of war in Gaza, and warns against Israel's large-scale military operations in Rafah. This marks a significant moment in the history of the UN Human Rights Council, as it is the first resolution to directly address the escalation of violence in Gaza since October 2023.

The resolution, entitled "Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the Obligation to Ensure Accountability and Justice," was adopted at the 55th session of the UNHRC in Geneva last Friday (April 5).

The resolution was approved by 28 of the 47 Council member states, with six against and 13 abstaining. It was proposed by Pakistan on behalf of all OIC member states except Albania. In addition to calling for an immediate ceasefire, the resolution also calls for urgent access and humanitarian assistance, according to international media reports.

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