Makarim Wibisono, who resigned after being refused access to territories by Israel, is to be replaced by Canadian law professor as UN special rapporteur, “limited to investigate Israel’s violations.”
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The UN Human Rights Council chief on Wednesday nominated a Canadian law professor to a controversial post surveying the rights situation in the Palestinian territories.
Council president Choi Kyonglim circulated a letter to member states proposing that Stanley Michael Lynk be appointed to the position of special rapporteur, and the council was expected to accept the appointment Thursday without a vote.
Lynk would replace Makarim Wibisono, who announced in January he would step down over Israel’s refusal to cooperate with his mandate and not allowing him access to the areas he was meant to monitor.
Wibisono, an Indonesian diplomat who took on the role in June 2014, presented his final report to the council on Monday, criticizing a “lack of cooperation (that) regrettably seems to signal the continuation of a situation under which Palestinians suffer daily human rights violations under the Israeli occupation.”
EU representative, Peter Soerensen of Denmark, said he regretted that Israel had not allowed Wibisono to access the Palestinian territories.
But he also noted that his mandate was “limited to investigate Israel’s violations”, and insisted that all rights abuses, regardless of who committed them, “should be subject to scrutiny.”
Wibisono’s predecessor Richard Falk was also blocked from accessing the Palestinian territories, and it remains unclear if Lynk will be able to do so.
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Israel has a tense relationship with the Human Rights Council, which it accuses of having a built-in bias against it.
Also on Tuesday, Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan joined Micah Avni, son of Palestinian terror victim Richard Lakinin, in challenging the UNHRC to condemn terrorism against Israelis.
Erdan called on all of the countries involved in funding the PA’s incitement, including the schoolbooks used in PA and UNRWA schools, to stop their funding.
(Staff with AFP)
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