Israel: UN rights chief requires finish to ‘tradition of impunity’

Her attraction comes within the wake of the killing of Al Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh, who was fatally shot on Wednesday whereas masking an Israeli raid in Jenin, West Financial institution.

The veteran Palestinian-American journalist was buried in East Jerusalem on Friday and big crowds turned out for her funeral.

‘Stunning’ use of power

The Excessive Commissioner issued a press release saying she was following “with deep misery” the occasions within the occupied West Financial institution, together with East Jerusalem.

“Footage of Israeli police attacking mourners on the funeral procession of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in East Jerusalem on Friday 13 Could was surprising. Stories point out that at the least 33 folks had been injured,” she mentioned.

Ms. Bachelet mentioned the Israeli use of power, which was being filmed and broadcast reside,  seemed to be pointless and should be promptly and transparently investigated.

“There should be accountability for the horrible killing not simply of Shireen Abu Akleh however for all of the killings and critical accidents within the occupied Palestinian territory,” she mentioned.

Name for investigations

The UN rights chief reported that 48 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli safety forces to this point this 12 months.

The most recent loss of life occurred on Saturday when a younger man known as Walid al-Sharif, succumbed to accidents sustained throughout clashes final month on the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.

“As I’ve known as for a lot of occasions earlier than, there should be applicable investigations into the actions of Israeli safety forces,” mentioned Ms. Bachelet. 

“Anybody discovered accountable needs to be held to account with penal and disciplinary sanctions commensurate to the gravity of the violation. This tradition of impunity should finish now.”

Safety Council condemnation

The killing of Ms. Abu Akleh has despatched shockwaves throughout the globe, and UN officers have been amongst these calling for an investigation.

The journalist was shot although she wore a vest that recognized her as a member of the press corps. Her producer additionally was wounded.

The UN Security Council issued a press release on Friday strongly condemning her killing, reiterating that journalists needs to be protected as civilians.

The Council additionally known as for a direct, thorough, clear, and honest and neutral investigation into her killing, and confused the necessity to guarantee accountability.  


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