A new Israeli report on the 2008-2009 war in the Gaza Strip says that the Israel Defense Forces is taking steps to reduce the number of civilian casualties in future wars and will restrict the use of white phosphorous.
Posted in Chemical Weapons, Civilian Casualties, Crossfire Deaths, Crossfire Injuries, Fact Finding, Government, Israel, Laws, Trials, Middle-East, Military, Mortars, NGOs, Palestine, Rocket, Targeted Death, Targeted Injury, Terrorists, United Nations, tagged Courts, Fact Finding, Hamas, IDF, innocent civilians, innocent victims, international law, investigations, Israel, Israeli Defense Forces, laws, Middle-East, Military, NGOs, Palestine, report, rockets, Shells, Terrorists, UN, UN Human Rights Council, United Nations, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, UNRWA, war victims, white phosphorous on April 23, 2009 |
The Israeli military’s findings about the conduct of its forces in Gaza, announced on April 22, lack credibility and confirm the need for an impartial international inquiry into alleged violations by both Israel and Hamas, Human Rights Watch said today. Israel and Hamas should cooperate with Justice Richard Goldstone, the eminent international jurist appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate serious laws-of-war violations during the recent conflict.
“The investigative results make clear that the Israeli military will not objectively monitor itself,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The conclusions are an apparent attempt to mask violations of the laws of war by Israeli forces in Gaza. Only an impartial inquiry will provide a measure of redress for the civilians who were killed unlawfully. “
Posted in Chemical Weapons, Civilian Casualties, Crossfire Deaths, Crossfire Injuries, Fact Finding, Government, Health Care, Military, Mortars, Rocket, Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka, Terrorists, Uncategorized, United Nations, tagged civilian deaths, gaza, Hamas, healthcare, innocent civilians, innocent victims, Israel, militants, Military, NGOs, rockets, Shells, Terrorists, UN, United Nations, war victims, white phosphorous on April 22, 2009 |
The Israeli military says internal investigations show it acted according to international law during its operations in Gaza three months ago.
A small number of errors did take place, it admits, such as the deaths of 21 people in a wrongly targeted house, but it claims these were “unavoidable”.
Posted in Chemical Weapons, Civilian Casualties, Fact Finding, Government, Israel, Laws, Trials, Middle-East, NGOs, Palestine, Rocket, Terrorists, tagged EU, European Union, fact-finding mission, gaza, Government, Hamas, Human Rights Watch, IDF, innocent civilians, innocent victims, international war crimes tribunals, investigations, Israel, Israel Defense Forces, laws, NGOs, Palestine, rockets, Terrorists, United States, us, war victims, white phosphorous on April 14, 2009 |
By Human Rights Watch
Israel and the Hamas authorities in Gaza should cooperate fully with the United Nations fact-finding mission, headed by Justice Richard Goldstone, to investigate allegations of serious violations of the laws of war in Gaza and southern Israel, Human Rights Watch said today. In letters to US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and 27 European Union foreign ministers, Human Rights Watch called on them to endorse the Goldstone investigation and to urge Israel and Hamas to cooperate.
Human Rights Watch has repeatedly called for an independent and impartial international investigation into allegations of such violations by all parties to the recent Gaza conflict. On April 3, 2009, the president of the UN Human Rights Council announced that Goldstone will lead the council’s fact-finding mission with precisely this mandate.
“We have strongly criticized the Human Rights Council in the past for its exclusive focus on Israeli rights violations, but Justice Goldstone is committed to an independent and impartial investigation into alleged wrongdoing by Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups alike,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “He has the experience and proven commitment to ensure that this inquiry will demonstrate the highest standards of impartiality.”