Concerns over conditions in Iraqi camps – UN top envoy

posted on 10.26.2009 by Lisa

Ad Melkert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Iraq, on Monday voiced concerns over the humanitarian situation in a camp north of Baghdad, housing some 3400 Iranidan dissidents, members ofthe People’s Mojahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI). Read more

Gaza war crimes debate to reopen

posted on 10.13.2009 by Lisa

The U.N. Human Rights Council based in Geneva will reopen the debate on alleged war crimes in Gaza later this week. According to officials, Palestinians succeeded in gathering enough support to call the special meeting. AP reports:

The debate will start Thursday, a day after the U.N. Security Council in New York discusses the Goldstone report, which accuses Israeli forces and Palestinian militants of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during their Dec. 27-Jan. 18 war. [...]

U.N. officials say 18 of the council’s 47 members signed a motion calling for the debate. The backers are: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, China, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Indonesia, Jordan, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Senegal.

Ibrahim Khraishi, the Palestinian Authority’s U.N. ambassador in Geneva, said the two-day debate would examine the report as well as recent incidents of violence in Jerusalem. [...]

“We’ll wait to take a stance on the debate itself once it begins,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said. “We still think that this report is very dangerous and is disconnected from reality. This report was based almost exclusively on Hamas propaganda.” [...]

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In closed-door meeting, Security Council decides to discuss Goldstone report on 14 Oct

posted on 10.07.2009 by Lisa
UN Photo / Paulo Filgueiras.

UN Photo / Paulo Filgueiras.

The U.N. Security Council will discuss the Goldstone report on 14 October, AP reports:

The council met behind closed doors Wednesday to discuss Libya’s request for an emergency meeting on the report, written by legal experts chaired by eminent South African jurist Richard Goldstone.
The council agreed to advance its monthly meeting on the Middle East to Oct 14 and focus on the war crimes report. The meeting was originally scheduled for Oct. 20. [...]

[...] Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian U.N. observer, said the Palestinians, Arab nations, and the 118-nation Nonaligned Movement of mainly developing countries strongly support the Libyan initiative.

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Keeping the Goldstone Report Alive

posted on 10.05.2009 by Lisa

Palestinian authorities had a change of heart, calling it a “mistake” to have deferred Goldstone action.

From the Jerusalem Post:

A member of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s inner circle said Wednesday that the Palestinian leadership had erred by suspending action on the Goldstone Report, which alleged that both Israel and Hamas had committed war crimes during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip last winter.


Last week, Abbas apparently gave in to US pressure and agreed to suspend the push for war crimes tribunals. Abbas aides defended the decision by saying they were only delaying, not dropping action.


However, on Wednesday, senior Abbas adviser Yasser Abed Rabbo said that “we have the courage to admit there was a mistake.” [...]

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UN Defers Decision on Probe into Gaza Conflict

posted on 10.02.2009 by Lisa

UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferre

UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferre

The UN Human Rights Council decided today to defer action on a draft resolution on the “Goldstone report”. Read more