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Thursday, September 22, 2011

UN report found Israel flotilla raid violated international law
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On September 22, 2010, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) found that Israel's interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla violated international law. After conducting numerous interviews with eye-witnesses and viewing other evidence, the fact-finding mission determined that Israeli forces committed several international law violations, including violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Fourth Geneva Convention. The mission also determined that Israel's interception of the flotilla was prima facie unlawful. The report recommended judicial remedies and reparations, including medical and psychological care to those who were tortured. The report stated that the incident must be viewed in the context of the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians and warns that similar disasters have the potential to occur.

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