European Paliament on Goldstone recommendations
Respect for human rights by all parties to the Gaza conflict, independent investigations of alleged violations of human rights, a strong EU common position on the follow-up of the UN Goldstone report and close monitoring of its implementing measures are the European Parliament’s key demands in a resolution adopted on Wednesday, 10 March.
« Respect for international humanitarian law and international human rights law by all parties under all circumstances and trust-building between Israelis and Palestinians are essential components of a peace process leading to two states living side by side in peace and security, » says the resolution, which stresses « once again the importance of achieving a just and lasting peace in the Middle East, and between Israelis and Palestinians in particular ». The European Parliament « urges both sides to conduct investigations within five months that meet international standards of independence, impartiality, transparency, promptness and effectiveness. »
The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and EU Member States should work towards a strong EU common position on the follow-up to the UN Fact-Finding Mission report by Justice Richard Goldstone on the conflict in Gaza and southern Israel, the resolution says. They should also publicly « demand the implementation of its recommendations and accountability for all violations of international law, including alleged war crimes, and urge both sides to conduct investigations that meet international standards of independence, impartiality, transparency, promptness and effectiveness, » it adds.
MEPs stress the importance of co-operation between official authorities and NGOs, and are concerned about « the pressure placed on NGOs involved in the preparation of the Goldstone report and in follow-up investigations ».
European Parliament press release
Council – Middle East Peace Process