CIR welcomes appointment members of commission of inquiry on 2018 protests in Palestine

Council of International Relations – Palestine (CIR) welcomed the President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Vojislav Šuc, announcement of appointment the three members of the Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 protests in Palestine.

The council said in a statement issued on Saturday that this appointment is an important step in the way of holding the Israeli occupation accountable for its crimes against the civilians and its ongoing siege on the Gaza Strip.

“We call upon the Human Rights Council to expedite the necessary steps to investigate the violations of the Israeli occupation to pressure it to stop these crimes, especially the systematic killings of peaceful demonstrators near Gaza’s perimeter fence,” the CIR demanded.

The CIR noted in its statement that the Israeli occupation refused to allow former UN investigation committees to enter Gaza, calling on the HRC to work to overcome this deliberate obstruction of justice and support of the oppressed people. “the HRC should take the necessary steps to punish the occupying state for deliberately disrupting international justice processes.” The CIR said.

Last Wednesday, The President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Vojislav Šuc (Slovenia), announced the appointment of David Michael Crane (United States), Sara Hossain (Bangladesh) and Kaari Betty Murungi (Kenya), to serve as the three members of the Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  Mr. Crane will serve as Chair of the three-person Commission.