Special Rapporteur on Palestinian territories tells the UN how the int’l community has a responsibility to compel Israel to completely end its ‘occupation’ of territory the Palestinians want for their own state and to ban all products made by Israelis in those areas.
By Associated Press
The U.N. independent expert on human rights in the Palestinian territories called Wednesday for an international ban on all products made in Israeli settlements, as a step to potentially end Israel’s 52-year-old “illegal occupation.”
Michael Lynk told the General Assembly’s human rights committee that the international community should also issue “a clarion call to the United Nations” to complete and release a database “on businesses engaged in activities related to the illegal settlements.” Continue Reading »
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. Continue Reading »
Makarim Wibisono says multiple requests to enter the West Bank & the Gaza Strip have gone unanswered for over a year.
– Jerusalem says government’s decision to prevent access came because of the UN’s ‘distorted & biased mandate given to the rapporteur.’
GENEVA – The UN investigator for human rights violations in the Palestinian territories resigned on Monday, saying that Israel had reneged on its pledge to grant him access to the West Bank and Gaza.
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Makarim Wibisono – Photo: Reuters
Makarim Wibisono, United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, said that his repeated oral and written requests for access had gone unanswered over 18 months.