15 FEBRUARY 2010
Accountability for international crimes is essential for upholding the rule of law and respect for human rights, without which there can be no justice or sustainable peace. Therefore, Al-Haq seeks to hold
perpetrators accountable for violations of international humanitarian and human rights law committed during Israel’s offensive attack on the Gaza Strip between 27 December 2008 - 18 January 2009.
On 15 February 2010, Al-Haq submitted its written statement to the Human Rights Council in Geneva for its upcoming thirteenth session, scheduled to take place in March 2010. In the statement, “The Continuing Responsibility of the Human Rights Council in Ensuring Accountability for Victims of ‘Operation Cast Lead’”, Al-Haq calls upon the Human Rights Council to carry out the following,
- Call upon Israel, the Occupying Power, to end the illegal blockade on the occupied Gaza Strip;
- Recommend that the General Assembly establish an expert committee composed of international experts on international law and criminal investigations, mandated with the task of monitoring and evaluating domestic investigations that are carried out, or the lack thereof;
- In case the General Assembly fails to establish an expert committee, the Human Rights Council should establish one on the basis of their mandate; and
- To transmit to the General Assembly any and all relevant material, in particular reports provided to it regarding the implementation of the Mission’s report and information on domestic investigations by the responsible parties.