‘Is­raeli vi­o­lence against Pales­tini­ans world chal­lenge’

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

A H RAO MIR­PUR (AJK)—Ex­press­ing se­ri­ous con­cern over the stepped-up hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions in Pales­tine leader of Kash­miri del­e­ga­tion and the vet­eran rights ac­tivist Altaf Hus­sain Wani has said that the Is­raeli forces con­tinue to dis­re­gard Pales­tini­ans’ right to life through a shoot-to-kill pol­icy.

“Ex­tra ju­di­cial killings by Is­raeli forces in Pales­tine have be­come sym­bolic of its dis­re­gard for in­ter­na­tional law and the cul­ture of im­punity sur­round­ing th­ese breaches”, Wani also Vice Chair­man of Jammu Kash­mir Na­tional Front said while dis­cussing rights sit­u­a­tion in Pales­tine de­bated under agenda item 7 dur­ing 32nd ses­sion of United Na­tions hu­man rights coun­cil in Geneva on Mon­day, says a mes­sage re­leased to the me­dia here Mon­day evening.

“Is­rael has es­ca­lated its hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions against Pales­tini­ans through col­lec­tive pun­ish­ment mea­sures and ex­ces­sive use of force”, he said adding that since March 2016, 182 Pales­tini­ans, in­clud­ing 44 chil­dren, were killed by Is­raeli forces and set­tlers since Oc­to­ber 2015.

“While many of th­ese cases ap­pear to amount to un­law­ful and ex­tra ju­di­cial killings, very few of them have been in­ves­ti­gated”, he said.

Urg­ing UNHCR to take ef­fec­tive no­tice of what he called the Is­rael’s naked ag­gres­sion against Pales­tinian peo­ple he said, “Is­rael’s con­tin­ued fail­ure to carry out im­par­tial and trans­par­ent in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the killings of Pales­tini­ans re­quires ef­fec­tive pro­tec­tion mea­sures from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity”.

Wani ob­served that In­ter­na­tional pro­tec­tion forces and in­de­pen­dent com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate th­ese ex­tra ju­di­cial killings were ur­gently needed to bring an end to this cul­ture of im­punity, he added.

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