News ID: 8711
Publish Date: 07 July 2012 - 11:14
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has formed a fact-finding mission to probe the effects of the Israeli regime's illegal settlements on the lives of Palestinians.
UNHRC President Laura Dupuy Lasserre on Friday named Christine Chanet of France, Unity Dow of Botswana and Asma Jahangir of Pakistan to "carry out the Council's fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem (al-Quds).", Rohama reported according to Press TV.

Lasserre also urged Tel Aviv "not to obstruct the process of the investigation and to cooperate fully with the mission."

The 47-member council voted for the probe in March under an initiative by the Palestinian Authority. 

The United States was the only member of the council that voted against the investigation. 

Israel on Friday vowed not to cooperate with the fact-finding mission. 

Talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis stalled in September 2010 after Israel declined to renew a 10-month freeze on its illegal settlement construction in the occupied West Bank. 

The international community regards all the Israeli settlements across the West Bank as illegal under international law. 

Nearly 500,000 Israelis live in more than 100 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds. 

Last week, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights accused the international community of complicity in Israeli settlement policies and said Israel is implementing an 'apartheid' system. 

"The international community is conspiring -- maybe unwittingly -- in a process that has no way of bringing justice to the people involved in this conflict," Richard Falk said about the Israeli settlements. 

Source: Rohama
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