Israel to join UN Human Rights Council on week after UN's Ban calls Jewish settlements "cause for grave concern"

Published December 1st, 2013 - 12:33 GMT
Israel boycotted the UNHRC for the past 18 months because of the council's plans to investigate Jewish settlements' violations on Palestinians' rights (Reuters)
Israel boycotted the UNHRC for the past 18 months because of the council's plans to investigate Jewish settlements' violations on Palestinians' rights (Reuters)

Agence France-Presse reported Sunday that Israel will join the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as a member of the European Bloc, after the Jewish state cut ties with the group in March 2012 following the announcement that UNHRC planned to investigate Israeli settlement violations of Palestinian rights.


An anonymous official confirmed that the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) of the council had approved Israel's membership and that a formal invitation would be sent shortly.


Israel had previously refused to attend the UNHRC's periodic review of its human rights record, and accused the council of being anti-Israeli.


However, the Jewish state decided to end its 18-month boycott when Ambassador Eviator Manor met with the council in October to defend the country's record accordingly. Press reports from Israel also said that the country agreed to renew its relationship with the council on the condition it was accepted as a member of the WEOG.


Arab and Muslim states that are members of the UNHRC's Asian group have previously blocked Israel from joining its appropriate geographical designation on the council.


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