At the UNHRC in Geneva on Friday, however, the resolution’s passage by a slim majority of the council’s 47 members, was reflective of the larger debate over anti-Israel bias and had little to do with the the issue of Israel’s annexation of the Golan.
Speaking on behalf of EU, Bulgarian Ambassador Deyana Kostadinova, said that the “EU continues to oppose Israel’s annexation of the Syrian Golan, which is a clear violation of international law.”
The EU has in past years suggested changes that could be made to the text to make it more balanced.
Japanese Ambassador Ken Okaniwa said that the Golan Heights was “occupied territory” and “its annexation by Israel is unacceptable.” Its vote against the resolution, Okaniwa said, was a statement against Agenda Item 7.
Japan was one of a number of countries which took steps against Agenda Item 7, which mandates that alleged Israeli human rights abuses must be debated at every session. No other country is singled out in this day.
Brazilian Ambassador Maria Nazareth Farani Azevedo said, “The present text is unbalanced and biased. Since it addresses only part of the human rights concerns of the Syrian people. The text before us draws attention to Israeli actions in the occupied Golan, but is silent bout the human rights violations committed by the Syrian government.”