The Jerusalem, United Kingdom, October 29, 2018 – Resumes, it seems, are no longer just a business thing for many people.
It’s a human rights issue too.
The Human Rights Watch and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (HCHR) recently issued a statement to the world about the plight of Palestinians, saying that “resumes” can “be used to harass, bully, intimidate, threaten and punish people”.
The HRW statement, entitled “Resumes, Resignation, and the Right to Resign”, says that the practice is “unnecessary and often harmful” to human rights and that it undermines “the rights of individuals, including the right to freedom of expression and association”.
“Many countries have taken steps to improve the conditions for human rights defenders and human rights workers, including in recent years in Turkey, Russia, Tunisia, Morocco, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates,” HRW said.
“However, the Palestinian situation remains extremely complex and, while progress has been made, much remains to be done.”
The HRH said the practice of removing “resume” icons from websites and social media pages and replacing them with images of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is a clear violation of human rights.
The HRHR statement also noted that “some websites that have become part of the resume culture” use images that are “inconsistent with the rights of the Palestinian people”, and added that “such images undermine the right of individuals to express themselves freely”.HRW is urging the Israeli authorities to “immediately and completely remove” the symbols and to implement “new measures to ensure the protection of the rights and dignity of Palestinian citizens”.
The Israeli government has been “deeply concerned” by the HRHR’s “unfair, discriminatory and harmful” statements, and urged the Palestinian Authority to “end this practice”.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry said it was “aware of” the HRH’s concerns and “is considering them”, but added that it was against the practice for websites to use images of Palestinians without their consent.
The Israeli embassy in the US issued a similar statement, saying “the images used by some sites to replace Palestinian portraits with the images of the Israeli occupation authorities are unacceptable and in no way reflect the values of the state of Israel and its citizens”.
“The Israeli people, the government of Israel, the Israeli parliament and the Israeli Government of Public Security have repeatedly condemned these images and the practices of using them,” the statement said.
“This is not acceptable and is not allowed in the country of Israel.”