CARICOM Statement on the ongoing situation in Gaza

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) remains deeply distressed by the ongoing violence and deteriorating situation in Gaza, which has resulted in the tragic loss of civilian lives, including the deaths of women and children on an unprecedented scale, and widespread displacement and suffering.

CARICOM reiterates its strong condemnation of the attacks by Hamas and the taking of hostages on 7 October 2023 as well as of the Israeli actions that violate international humanitarian law and the human rights of the Palestinian people. The incessant Israeli bombardment of Gaza has led to catastrophic loss of civilian lives, the destruction of critical infrastructure and the deprivation of basic necessities, food water, and medical care.

In this regard, CARICOM urges an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Gaza and safe and unimpeded access for the delivery of adequate and sustained humanitarian assistance. We also strongly advocate for the rule of law to prevail and for the return to their families of all hostages and persons held in administrative detention without charge.

Israel’s continued and expanding occupation of territory in the occupied West Bank poses a serious and continuing threat to a peaceful, secure, and stable world. CARICOM therefore reaffirms its unwavering commitment to a holistic roadmap towards a two-state solution, in keeping with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 242, as the only viable path to peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

CARICOM also deplores the fact that Israel has flouted the Resolutions of both the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council calling for a ceasefire, as well as the provisional measures ordered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The Community therefore calls on the United Nations General Assembly to invoke its powers under UN General Assembly Resolution 377A “Uniting for Peace” to hold an emergency session and to issue appropriate recommendations to UN Member States to collectively impose measures designed to motivate Israel to adhere to its obligations under the said UN Resolution and under the ICJ Order.

The Community therefore calls for a renewed commitment to a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through meaningful dialogue and negotiation and calls upon the international community to play a constructive role in facilitating a lasting solution to the conflict and achieving a durable peace that guarantees the human rights, dignity and security of both sides.

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  1. Putin
    March 1, 2024

    I applaud this message. It stands on the side of international law and an enslaved and humiliated people. Additionally, it is the first time that I have heard a political grouping call on Israel to stop the illegal and barbaric practice of “administrative detention,” which is no different from hostage-taking.

    • Dreadidiah
      March 1, 2024

      Do you have anything to say about what Hamas did? The fact that they initiated it? How about the hostages that hamas took, are you okay with that? are you saying that Israel was wrong to fight back? That they should just sit there and allow themselves to be killed? That they should do nothing to eradicate the cancer that is sworn to eliminate them?

      Aks I aksing.

      You remind of the two little brothers fighting. When their father asked them “Who started it” one little boy said “He did, he hit me back first.”


      • Putin
        March 4, 2024

        No dread, Hamas escalated a decades-long conflict, but Hamas did NOT initiate it. Do a little Google search and then come back to talk.

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