The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Palestine resigned Monday, citing frustration at Israel’s denial of access to Palestinian territories.
Indonesian diplomat Makarim Wibisono said during his resignation that, “unfortunately, my efforts to help improve the lives of Palestinian victims of violations under the Israeli occupation have been frustrated every step of the way.”
Wibisono said his applications for access both written and oral were repeatedly rejected. “With no reply from Israel to my latest request, in October 2015, to have access by the end of 2015, it is with deep regret that I accept the premise upon which I took up the mandate, which is to have direct access to the victims in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, will not be fulfilled,” he said.
In contrast Wibisono praised his relationship with the Palestinian government saying they cooperated fully with him and called for Israel to cooperate in future for the sake of their own human rights credibility.