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UNHRC appoints panel to investigate war crimes during Gaza protests

The UN Human Rights Council this week appointed a three member commission of inquiry “to investigate all alleged violations and abuses of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip, in the context of the military assaults on the large-scale civilian protests that began on 30 March 2018.” 

David Michael Crane (United States), Sara Hossain (Bangladesh) and Kaari Betty Murungi (Kenya) we’re appointed to the panel with Mr Crane serving as the chair. 

The UNHRC mandated the commission through resolution S-28/1, in order “to establish the facts and circumstances, with assistance from relevant experts and special procedure mandate holders, of the alleged violations and abuses, including those that may amount to war crimes” and “to identify those responsible”.

The commission has also been requested by the UNHRC “to make recommendations, in particular on accountability measures, all with a view to avoiding and ending impunity and ensuring legal accountability, including individual criminal and command responsibility, for such violations and abuses, and on protecting civilians against any further assaults.”