Fernand de Varennes (left) Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Moncton seen here with Dr. Yousef Jabareen, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset. De Varennes is the UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues. Palestinian members of the Knesset have lodged a formal request to the UN to investigate Israel’s recent “Nation ‘State Law”. Read more.
According to a recent report, The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Fernand de Varennes, has started official proceedings to investigate a complaint against Israel, submitted by the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel regarding the recent ‘Nation-State’ law.
The responsibilities of the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, among other tasks are:
- (a) To promote the implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, including through consultations with Governments, taking into account existing international standards and national legislation concerning minorities;
- (b) To examine ways and means of overcoming existing obstacles to the full and effective realization of the rights of persons belonging to minorities.
As an Acadian, Dr. de Varennes can also bring personal perspective to the issue of minority rights.
The complaint addressed the discriminatory and racist articles in the ‘Nation-State’ Law. According to the submission, the law violates the principle of equality, granting Jewish citizens superiority against the country’s original population, and creating a state of hierarchy and classification in citizenship.
When reached by telephone in Moncton, Dean de Varennes declined comment on the submission. He said that he plans to meet with the Palestinian complainants in Geneva at regularly scheduled meetings later this fall. He will also meet with representatives of the Israeli government.
In another development. Last week, MK Aida Touma Suleiman from the Joint Arab List met with UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo in New York to discuss the controversial legislation, which was passed by Knesset last month.
Israel’s Nation State law continues to make waves. To be continued….
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