Israeli Coercion and UNHRC Resolution

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The United Nations Human Rights Council has arranged to launch an open-ended international investigation into violations during the 11-day conflict between Israel and Palestine, and into “organized” abuses in the occupied Palestinian territories. By a vote of 24 states in favor, nine against, with 14 abstentions, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution after an all-day special session on Thursday brought by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Palestinian delegation to the United Nations.

The resolution calls for the creation of a permanent Commission of Inquiry which is the most powerful mean of the council’s discarding to monitor and report on rights violations in Israel, Gaza, and the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. According to the text, the commission is also to investigate “all underlying root causes of recurrent tensions, instability, and protraction of conflict”. The investigation should focus on establishing facts and gather evidence for legal proceedings, and should aim to identify perpetrators to ensure they are held accountable, it said.

Israel said it would not cooperate with the investigation. Which questioned the statements made by Israel’s authorities about Self defence. If their stance is right then what is the reasoning behind not cooperating with the United Nations’s HRC? On other hand, A spokesman for the Palestinian group Hamas which governs Gaza welcomed the investigation, calling its own actions “legitimate resistance”, and urging “immediate steps to punish” Israel.

While The United States of America said that it deeply regretted the decision.

While reacting to this resolution, Pakistan welcomes the adoption of an Organisation of Islamic Conference led resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council in response to “grave violations of international law and human rights” by Israel in Palestine, said a statement issued by the Foreign Office.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoood Qureshi further welcomed the adoption of the resolution for the formation of an independent commission for probe into Israel’s aggression against Palestine. The foreign minister acclaimed the efforts of Pakistani missions in Geneva and New York to highlight the Palestine issue. Which is a big achievement of the Government and the people of Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the ceasefire was the first step towards stopping the Israeli atrocities, however, added the only just solution to resolve the issues of Palestinians was the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions. Qureshi said establishing of peace in the Middle East without resolving the Palestinian issue on a permanent basis was not possible. For a peaceful Middle East peaceful Palestine is needed.

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