World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


UN Expert Urges Israel To Halt Targeted Killings

'Aghast' At Assassination Of Hamas Leader, Un Expert Urges Israel To Halt Targeted Killings

A United Nations human rights expert today said she is "aghast at the planned and deliberate extrajudicial execution" of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, who was killed in Gaza on Monday along with seven others.

Asma Jahangir, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, warned that Israel's use of "brute force" would only lead to escalating violence.

The expert urged the Israeli Government not to resort to aerial bombing or targeted shootings against civilian populations, and called on the Israeli forces to "immediately end this unacceptable practice" in conformity with international human rights standards.

Emphasizing that the right to life and security allows for no derogation, she said it "must be applied with no exception in all circumstances, including times of emergency, internal unrest or in the context of the fight against terrorism."

Ms. Jahangir's statement was released in Geneva, where the UN Commission on Human Rights today decided to hold a "special sitting" starting tomorrow morning on the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory resulting from the assassination of Sheikh Yassin.

That decision was passed by a roll-call vote of 34 in favour to 3 against - the United States, Eritrea and Australia - with 14 countries abstaining.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Ramzy Baroud: Year in Review Will 2018 Usher in a New Palestinian Strategy

2017 will be remembered as the year that the so-called ‘peace process’, at least in its American formulation, has ended. And with its demise, a political framework that has served as the foundation for US foreign policy in the Middle East has also collapsed. More>>


North Korea: NZ Denounces Missile Test

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has denounced North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test. The test, which took place this morning, is North Korea’s third test flight of an inter-continental ballistic missile. More>>


Campbell On: the US demonising of Iran

Satan may not exist, but the Evil One has always been a handy tool for priests and politicians alike.

Currently, Iran is the latest bogey conjured up by Washington to (a) justify its foreign policy interventions and (b) distract attention from its foreign policy failures.

Once upon a time, the Soviet Union was the nightmare threat for the entire Cold War era – and since then the US has cast the Taliban, al Qaeda, and Islamic State in the same demonic role. Iran is now the latest example…More

Catalan Independence:
Pro-independence parties appear to have a narrow majority. More>>