UN rights body censures Israel

Three resolutions condemning Israeli policies passed in UN Human Rights Council.

    The council urged Israel to compensate Palestinians who suffered losses during Gaza war [File: EPA]

    US opposition

    It also demanded that Israel stop what it called targeting of Palestinian civilians and systematic destruction of their cultural heritage, halt all military operations across Palestinian land and lift its blockade of Gaza.

    in depth

      Video:
      Israel pursues settlement growth
      Israelis protest settlement freeze
      Map of East Jerusalem housing plan
      Focus:
      Jerusalem's religious heart
      Settlements strain US-Israel ties
      Jewish settlements
      Riz Khan:
      The Middle East peace process
      The battle over Israeli settlements
      Inside Story:
      US and Israel poles apart
      Programmes:
      Israel: Rise of the right
      Holy Land Grab

    The US and the European Union, whose seven members on the Council vote separately but generally in unison, opposed the resolution, with both saying it was unbalanced.

    Another resolution called on Israel to stop building all settlements in the occupied territories.

    The third condemned Israel for what it called systematic violation of the rights of the people of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. The US voted no, while 15 countries, including EU members, abstained.

    The US, which itself is in a diplomatic row with Israel over settlements which the government of Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, is vowing to pursue, told the Council that the three resolutions would do nothing to help peace.

    It said the UN body was too often being used as a platform to single out Israel for condemnation while rights violations by other countries were ignored.

    The Council is effectively dominated by a developing country bloc in which the Organisation of the Islamic Conference has a strong influence and which is routinely supported by China, Russia and Cuba.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.