1) Affirming once more that the fourth Geneva convention relative to the protection of civilian persons in time of war of 12 August 1949 is applicable to the Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem.  2) .


The Security Council, 1) Expresses its grave concern over the rejection by Israel of Security Council resolutions 672 and 673. 2) Deplores the decision of the government of Israel to resume deportations of Palestinian civilians in the occupied territories.

Al-Haq would like to highlight and commend the ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), rendered on 25 February 2010, confirming that products originating from Israeli settlements do not fall into Israeli customs authority and therefore do not benefit from preferential treatment under the EC-Israel Association Agreement (C-386/08 Brita GmbH v. Hauptzollamt Hamburg-Hafen).


On 11 December 1948, the United Nations adopted Resolution 194 which set up the UN Conciliation Commission for Palestine (UNCCP) and “resolved that (Palestinian) refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date…”


Brief No. 8 is the first of three Briefs (covering the right of return, restitution, and compensation), that examine the basis in international law for a framework for durable solutions for Palestinian refugees. This Brief examines the individual right of return of Palestinian refugees displaced in 1948 as set forth in UN General Assembly Resolution 194(III) of 11 December 1948 as grounded in international law.


This article examines the right to return of refugees and displaced persons. After an historical overview, the author first interprets the right to return enshrined in the International Bill of Rights. It is argued that there is a growing support for a broad right to return applicable to cases where it is being claimed by mass groups of people, even when non-nationals are concerned.