GENEVA: Muslim nations are urging the United Nations to establish a command and control of possible crimes during the 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas.
The United Nations Human Rights Council, as the coordinator of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the state of Palestine, will hold a special meeting on the latest dispute on Thursday at the request of Pakistan.
These countries presented a draft resolution late Tuesday calling for the establishment of an independent international commission of inquiry into all human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem, and Israel, with effect from 13 April. Are
The draft says it will also look at the root causes of tensions and instability, including “systematic discrimination and oppression based on national, ethnic, racial or religious identities.”
The independent team will “collect and analyze evidence of crimes, including forensic material, to maximize the likelihood of his confession in legal proceedings.”
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With its reporting in June 2022, it will identify those responsible who will seek and end the pardon and ensure legal accountability.
Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Mirao Elon Shahar, said in a tweet last week that “targeting Israel is clear evidence of the summit’s anti-Israel agenda.”
Referring to the rulers of the coastal strip, he added that its sponsors were only retaliating against the actions of a terrorist organization, Hamas.
Since its inception in 2006, the 47-member UN Human Rights Council has held eight special sessions condemning Israel and conducting several investigations into alleged war crimes.
The United States rejoined the forum under President Biden after the Trump administration stopped accusing it of anti-Israel bias. The US delegation currently has observer status but no votes.