The Human Rights Council in special session

Referring to a culture of impunity in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has urged all parties to the conflict to carry out investigations of human rights violations and breaches of international law in compliance with international standards. These investigations, she said should be prompt, impartial and independent.

President of the Human Rights Council, Alex Van Meeuwen at a special session of the Council - © UN Photo/Jean-Marc FERREPillay made her comments in a speech to a special session of the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva. The special session was called to consider the “human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and East Jerusalem.”

“Accountability for breaches of international humanitarian law and for human rights violations, as well as respect for human rights, are not obstacles to peace, but rather the preconditions on which trust and, ultimately, a durable peace can be built,” Pillay said.

Read the High Commissioner’s speech in full.

15 October 2009