Human Rights Council condemns Israeli conduct

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11 August 2006, GENEVA - The United Nations Human Rights Council condemned Friday Israel's conduct in Lebanon at the behest of Arab and Islamic countries and called for an immediate end to operations. A majority of the 47 member nations including Russia and China voted for a resolution accusing Israel of systematic violation of human rights and international agreements at a special council session. They also demanded the deployment of an investigative commission. Germany and other EU countries rejected the

11 August 2006

GENEVA - The United Nations Human Rights Council condemned Friday Israel's conduct in Lebanon at the behest of Arab and Islamic countries and called for an immediate end to operations.

A majority of the 47 member nations including Russia and China voted for a resolution accusing Israel of systematic violation of human rights and international agreements at a special council session.

They also demanded the deployment of an investigative commission. Germany and other EU countries rejected the draft as unbalanced.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour called on all combatting parties to protect the civilian population.

Indiscriminate attacks were just as prohibited as the abuse of civilians as human shields, Arbour said. Israeli airstrikes were continuing, as were Hezbollah's missile attacks on northern Israel, she said.

An investigative commission had to examine human-rights violations on all sides, she said.

On behalf of the European Union, Finland demanded an immediate ceasefire.

The EU condemned the killing of innocent civilians in Israeli airstrikes as much as Hezbollah's missile attacks, said Finland's permanent representative in Geneva Vesa Himanen.

It was the council's duty to denounce all human rights violations and the resolution presented Friday did not fulfill this function.

Apart from EU members, Canada, Japan, Romania and Ukraine also voted "no." Switzerland, South Korea and some African countries abstained. The resolution was backed by India, South Africa and most Latin American countries.

DPA

Subject: German news

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