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Human Rights Council to Probe Israeli War Crimes in Occupied Territories

Twenty-four countries voted in favor of the draft resolution, 14 abstained, while 9 countries - Uruguay, Britain, the Marshall Islands, Malawi, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Cameroon, and the Czech Republic -opposed it.

The United Nations Human Rights Council voted during a special session held today to address the grave human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, to form an independent international commission of inquiry into the Israeli aggression in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Twenty-four countries voted in favor of the draft resolution, 14 abstained, while 9 countries – Uruguay, Britain, the Marshall Islands, Malawi, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Cameroon, and the Czech Republic -opposed it.

The special session was called for by Pakistan, on behalf of the States members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The draft resolution called on all states to refrain from selling weapons that may be used in violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

It called for ensuring respect for international law and developing a mechanism that guarantees an end to impunity for gross violations of human rights.

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet called at the HRC meeting for a genuine and inclusive peace process” to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine and a repeat of recent deadly clashes that have been marked by possible war crimes by Israeli security forces.

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