Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin

UN MOUNTS ABUSE INQUIRY

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GENEVA: Former UN rights chief Navi Pillay will lead the United Nations’ open-ended inquiry into “systematic” abuses in Israel and the Palestinia­n territorie­s.

The UN Human Rights Council’s president said Mr Pillay would lead a three-person investigat­ion into abuses and their “root causes” in the decades-long conflict. A commission of inquiry is the highest-level investigat­ion that can be ordered by the council.

The probe was triggered during a special session of the council on May 27 to discuss the latest surge in violence between Israelis and Palestinia­ns. The resolution was presented by Pakistan on behalf of the Organisati­on of Islamic Co-operation.

The Israeli permanent mission to the UN in Geneva said the COI was created during a “flawed and biased” council session convened “with the sole intent of attacking Israel”.

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