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Michael Lynk issues reports to UN

Michael Lynk was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2016 as Special Rapporteur for the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. 

In this role, Lynk undertook missions to Amman, Jordan in July 2016 and in May 2017. In December 2016, he also held consultations with civil society by videoconference and received a number of written submissions, in particular related to the work of human rights defenders. These interactions have resulted in two reports to date. 

Lynk’s first report as Special Rapporteur, released in October 2016, was on the adverse impacts of the occupation on the Palestinian economy, measured through the lens of the right to development. He appeared before the UN General Assembly’s third Standing Committee in October 2016 to deliver this report. The second report, released in March 2017, examined the situation of Palestinian and Israeli human rights defenders who work on the occupation. He appeared before the UN Human Rights Council to present that report.

This article appeared in the Western Law 2017 Alumni Magazine.
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