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

 

Statement on the shooting of protesters in Gaza

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) condemns in the strongest terms the shooting of protesters in Gaza, Palestine last week.

The incident, which has been described as a “massacre” by Israeli journalists, involved the deaths of 17 people and the wounding of nearly 800. As Human Rights Watch has noted, Israeli allegations that some demonstrators were violent does not justify the use of lethal force unless there was risk to life- which there was not.

Videos have emerged in the media which show unarmed protesters shot by snipers; at least one victim was shot in the back. It is reported that he died from his wounds.

This event is the latest in a long history of Israel using excessive violence against Palestinians who are exercising their legitimate right to protest, as protected under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It occurs against the backdrop of other injustices including the sentencing of social worker Munther Amira, who was arrested while protesting the detention of Palestinian children in Israeli prisons. Mr Amira’s case is one which ANZASW has followed closely and also condemns.

ANZASW hopes that there will be a credible and thorough investigation into the slaughter at the protest march and that Mr Amira’s sentencing will be urgently reviewed. The Association fully supports the human rights of both Palestinians and Israelis in the area and continues to wish for a just and lasting peace settlement to the conflict which has taken such a devastating toll on both sides.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Timor-Leste: UN Agencies Support Response In Wake Of Deadly Floods

United Nations agencies in Timor-Leste are supporting response efforts, as floods and landslides left widespread damage across the country, including in the capital, Dili. According to media reports, at least 21 people died in the country and many ... More>>

Myanmar: Stop ‘Widespread Violence’ Against Children, UN Officials Urge

Senior United Nations officials on Thursday strongly condemned the ongoing violence by Myanmar’s security forces against civilians, including children, as the members of the Security Council expressed alarm at the rapidly deteriorating situation in ... More>>

COVID-19 Origins Report Inconclusive: We Must ‘Leave No Stone Unturned’ – WHO Chief

The report from a team of international scientists assembled by the World Health Organization (WHO) to examine how COVID-19 first spread to humans was published on Tuesday, and was described by the UN health agency’s chief as a welcome start, ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs


Department Of Global Communications: UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ Message For World Health Day 2021

5 APRIL 2021 As COVID-19 Reveals Immoral Inequities in Health System, Secretary-General Observance Message Calls for Applying Policies, Assigning Resources to Ensure Everyone Thrives Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World ... More>>


Global Development: Responding To COVID-19 Pandemic, Young People Advocate For Bold Solutions

From climate action to addressing inequalities and building peace, youth leaders scale up efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals 7 to 8 April 2021 Follow on UN Web TV Youth leaders, activists and youth-led organizations around the world ... More>>

SDG Action Awards: Winners Announced

Mobilizing, inspiring, and connecting individuals around the globe to #TurnItAround for people and planet Bonn, Germany, 25 March - The 2020 SDG Action Awards Ceremony, which took place on 25 March as a part of the fifth SDG Global Festival of Action ... More>>