United Nations Human Rights Council endorses Goldstone report on war crimes against Gaza.Al Jazeera This article is about the TV network and channel. For other uses, see Jazira.
Al Jazeera (Arabic: الجزيرة, al-ğazīrä - The UN human rights council has endorsed the Goldstone gold·stone
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Noun 1. goldstone - aventurine spangled densely with fine gold-colored particles report on Israel's war on Gaza, which accuses the military of using disproportionate force as well as laying charges of war crimes on Israeli occupation forces and Hamas. The council's resolution adopting the report was passed in Geneva Geneva, canton and city, Switzerland
Geneva (jənē`və), Fr. Genève, canton (1990 pop. 373,019), 109 sq mi (282 sq km), SW Switzerland, surrounding the southwest tip of the Lake of Geneva. by 25 votes to six with 11 countries abstaining and five declining to vote.The inquiry, lead by Justice Richard Goldstone Richard J. Goldstone, (born October 26, 1938), South African judge and international war crimes prosecutor. Early life
After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BA LLB cum laude in 1962 he practised as an Advocate at the Johannesburg Bar. , calls on Ban Ki-moon Ban Ki-Moon (bän kē-mn), 1944–, South Korean diplomat, secretary-general of the United Nations (2007–), b. Chungju, grad. Seoul National Univ. (B.S. , the UN secretary-general, to monitor whether Israel and Hamas conduct credible investigations into the conflict which took place last winter.Should the two sides fail to do so, it calls on the UN Security Council to refer the allegations to the International Criminal Court.Hamas 'thankful'The Palestinian Authority Palestinian Authority (PA) or Palestinian National Authority, interim self-government body responsible for areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip under Palestinian control. had initially agreed to defer a vote on the UN-sanctioned report, but later backtracked under heavy criticism.The United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. and Israel were among those countries which voted against the resolution. Mike Hanna, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Geneva, said the vote was a very strong victory for the supporters of the resolution, but that the large number of abstentions was also very significant .In Gaza, Hamas thanked the nations that voted to endorse the report. We hope that vote will lead to a trial of the occupation leaders, Taher al-Nunu, a Hamas spokesman, said.Mousa Abu Marzook, the deputy chairman of the Hamas political bureau in Damascus, Syria, told Al Jazeera: We thank our people, all those who support to submit again this report to the human rights committee and all the countries who voted for the report. I think if the Palestinian Authority didn't withdraw this report it will be more efficient and the result will be stronger than the resolution. We will co-operate with this report and we will establish a new committee to investigate. Right now, there is no talking with Fatah, but during the dialogue between Fatah and Hamas in Egypt, within a few weeks, we are going to talk about reconciliation and, of course, this kind of subject we are going to talk about. Israel condemnedIn addition to endorsing the report, the resolution strongly condemns all policies and measures taken by Israel, the occupying power, including those limiting access of Palestinians to their properties and holy sites .It also calls on Israel to stop digging and excavation work around the Al-Aqsa mosque
Al-Aqsa Mosque (The Farthest Mosque) (Arabic: المسجد الاقصى, [IPA /æl'mæsdʒɪd æl'ɑqsˁɑ/, as well as other Islamic and Christian religious sites.Israel rejected the charges saying the resolution -- drafted by the Palestinians with Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan and Tunisia, on behalf of non-aligned, African, Islamic and Arab nations -- threatened peace efforts. The Goldstone report recommended that its conclusions be sent on to the International Criminal Court (ICC ICC
See: International Chamber of Commerce ) prosecutor in The Hague if Israel and Hamas do not hold their own credible investigations into allegations of war crimes within six months.The report accused Israel of war crimes and crimes against humanity.It also accused Hamas, which has de facto [Latin, In fact.] In fact, in deed, actually.
This phrase is used to characterize an officer, a government, a past action, or a state of affairs that must be accepted for all practical purposes, but is illegal or illegitimate. control of Gaza, of war crime violations, but reserved most of its criticism for Israel.'Rights undermined'On Thursday, Navi Pillay, the UN human rights chief, endorsed the report, calling for impartial, independent, prompt and effective investigations into the alleged war crimes.Pillay said: A culture of impunity continues to prevail in the occupied territories and in Israel, Pillay said during the UN Human Rights Council's special debate session on the report on Thursday.In her speech, Pillay cited concern about the restrictions on Palestinians wishing to enter al-Aqsa and expressed dismay about the Israeli blockade of Gaza that she said severely undermines the rights and welfare of the population there .On Thursday, Goldstone, a former South African judge, criticised the resolution, saying: I hope that the council can modify the text. About 1,400 Palestinians -- the majority of them civilians - and 13 Israelis were killed during Israel's three-week war on Gaza, which had the stated aim of stopping rocket attacks by Palestinian fighters from the coastal territory.
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