Monday, August 02, 2010

UN experts fault Israel on human rights

Middle East Online, July 30, 2010

Israeli soldiers detain foreign peace activists

Israel urged to halt targeted killings, torture, army impunity, blockade of Gaza Strip.

GENEVA – A UN panel of experts called Friday on Israel to fall in line with international norms on civil rights and to take action against targeted killings, torture and impunity for security forces.

The UN Human Rights Committee also called for an end to the blockade of Gaza and questioned the independence of Israel’s own inquiry into a naval raid on a Gaza-bound relief supply ship in which nine Turkish nationals dead.

In conclusions on its review of Israel’s application of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the committee also urged a halt to restrictions on Palestinians and raised concerns about discrimination.

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