Gaza among top European Parliament priorities for UN Human Rights Council
Resolving the conflict in Gaza and southern Israel is one of the key issues that the European Parliament wants to see tackled at the 13th UN Human Rights Council session (Geneva, 1-26 March). Others include addressing human rights violations, clarifying counter-terrorism detention rules, and opposing Iran’s UN Human Rights Council (UN HRC) candidacy.
Parliament, which approved its priorities by a show of hands, will be represented at the meeting from 14 to 16 March by two Human Rights Sub-Committee members. MEPs reiterated their desire for a strong EU common position on the follow-up to the UN fact-finding mission report (Goldstone Report) on the conflict in Gaza and southern Israel, demanding « the implementation of its recommendations and accountability for all violations of international law including alleged war crimes » and urging both sides to conduct investigations that meet international standards of independence.
« Respect for international human rights law and international humanitarian law by all parties and under any circumstances is an essential precondition for achieving a just and lasting peace in the Middle East », stress MEPs. MEPs also welcomed the fact that the UNHRC agenda includes a « Joint study on global practices in relation to secret detention in the context of countering terrorism« . EU Member States are asked to support and act upon this study, in line with the previous European Parliament statements on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transportation and illegal detention of prisoners.
European Parliament press release
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