Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi [BBC backgrounder] announced Saturday that peace talks are progressing toward a ceasefire in the recent escalation of violence in Gaza [JURIST news archive] and Southern Israel. Mursi invited the Quatari emir, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official profile, in Turkish]
UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Friday called for a ceasefire [JURIST report] by both sides involved in the conflict, expressing concern over both the Palestinian rocket fire that took place over the past week as well as the resulting aerial attacks by Israel. In August Amnesty International [advocacy website] called on Israel [JURIST report] to investigate its treatment of Palestinian detainees, alleging that two had been mistreated. In June the UN also urged Israel to end its blockade [JURIST report] of the Gaza Strip, alleging that it was violating international law. In February, Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] also urged Israel to end residency restriction policies that prevent Palestinians from travelling through and living in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.