Islamic Nations Request UN to form Independent Body to Investigate Crimes in Gaza Conflict

Muslim nations forming the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have now called on the United Nations to investigate possible war crimes during the 11-day conflict between Israel and militant group Hamas.

The OIC has requested the UN to establish an independent body to investigate crimes and rights violations starting April 13 in a draft resolution submitted on Tuesday, after its official request last week to convene a special session through OIC coordinator Pakistan.

In response to the request, the UN Human Rights Council will hold a special session on Thursday.

Israel’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Meirav Eilon Shahar, last week has opposed the convening of the special session saying it is “testament to the clear anti-Israeli agenda of this body,” on Twitter.

“The sponsors of this session are only rewarding the actions of Hamas, a terrorist organization, that has indiscriminately launched over 4000 rockets at Israeli civilians, using the people of Gaza as human shields,” Shahar also said.

Meanwhile, the draft resolution also aims to address the causes of the tension “including systematic discrimination and repression based on national, ethnic, racial or religious identity.”

If approved, the independent body would report its findings on June 2022.

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