Amnesty International calls on UNHRC to send independent committee to Gaza
A Palestinian man raises his finger as he is brought to a hospital in Gaza City - REUTERS

CAIRO: Amnesty International called on the UN Human Rights Council Friday to send an “independent, international” commission to investigate alleged violations of international humanitarian law by all sides.

“All states (particularly key suppliers, e.g. USA for Israel) must suspend all transfers of weapons, munitions and other military equipment and technology to all sides until there is no longer a substantial risk that such items will be used for serious violations of international humanitarian law or serious human rights abuse,” said the organization on its website.

The U.N. Human Rights Council passed resolution S-21/1 Wednesday, to form a committee to investigate violations of international law in the conflict in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, with 29 states voting in favor, 17 abstentions, and one “no” vote, cast by the United States.

Amnesty International said the committee must have enough sources to run an “unbiased investigation,” have experience in forensic investigations, have access to all relevant areas and build on the results of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza conflict (2008/2009).

Organization of Islamic Cooperation welcomed Thursday the decision of the council, but did express its”profound sorrow” for the American vote against the decision, and stated the U.S. position “immunizes”Israel against the requirements of the International Law.

The Israeli forces have so far committed 53 violations against Palestinian journalists, the Palestinian Ministry of Information told Al-Ray Palestinian Media Agency.

The ministry said that at least three journalists were killed, two cars were bombed, 12 journalists’ houses were bombed, 10 media headquarters were also bombed, 13 journalists were injured and more than 14 websites and radio and satellite channels were hacked and jammed.

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