UN to Probe Alleged Rights Violations against Palestinians
The United Nations has set up a three-member commission of inquiry to look into allegations of human rights violations by Israel against the Palestinians, the UN said on Tuesday.
The three members are John Dugard, a South African professor of international law at Leiden University in the Netherlands, Richard Falk, a professor of international law at Princeton University in the United States, and former Bangladeshi foreign minister Kamal Hussein.
The commission was set up following a resolution adopted by a special session of the United Nations human rights commission in October.
However Israel has earlier gone on record as saying that it will not cooperate with any such commission.
A UN press release said the three members had been chosen "on the basis of their independence and objectivity."
It said the commission was expected to begin its work soon.
"The inquiry commission is expected to complement the various efforts being undertaken towards establishing a just and lasting peace in the Middle East by contributing to the cause of promotion and protection of human rights," it said.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, who was also called on to visit the region by the special session, denounced the worsening human rights situation in the Palestinian territories on her return towards the end of November.
Israel said just after the special session that it would not cooperate with the UN human rights inquiry, calling the resolution hostile, unbalanced and unnecessary -- GENEVA (AFP)
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