The Association Iceland-Palestine has sent the Palestinian Authority a statement deploring the state of human rights of LGBTQIA+ individuals in the country, Vísir reports. What spurred the statement was a decision by the Palestinian Authority to ban all LGBT activities in the West Bank. The decision was later rescinded following protests from human rights groups.
“The Association Iceland-Palestine expresses grave concerns about the state of human rights for LGBTQIA+ people in occupied Palestine, and the authorities’ crackdown on LGBTQIA+ people, both in the West Bank and Gaza,” the association wrote in a statement published on Facebook. “The Association Iceland-Palestine joins rights groups who have called for an end to the authorities’ targeting of LGBTQIA+ people.”
Einar Steinn Valgarðsson, a board member in the Association Iceland-Palestine, says the organisation has always taken a firm stance when it comes to human rights violations. “All our work is founded on the respect of international laws and solidarity when it comes to human rights. We believe that disputes between Israel and Palestine will not be resolved fairly without human rights as a guiding light.”
Einar says that although groups such as Association Iceland-Palestine have limited influence in the big picture, history shows that international pressure can make a difference.
The Facebook post in English can be read in full below.