UN human rights experts head to Lebanon, Israel to probe violations

7 September 2006 –

The United Nations is sending four independent human rights experts to Lebanon and Israel to gather facts about abuses during the recent conflict there.

“The independent human rights experts will gather first-hand information, establish facts and conduct an impartial legal analysis of the persistent allegations of violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law during the recent conflict in order to make specific recommendations to the concerned authorities,” the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a news release.

In Lebanon from 7 to 10 September and in Israel the following three days, the experts will meet with government officials and representatives of civil society. They will also visit scenes of attacks in the past few weeks and meet there with victims, their relatives and other witnesses.

The four going are Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Walter Kälin; the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Philip Alston; the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Paul Hunt; and the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Miloon Kothari.

They will submit a joint report on their mission to the Human Rights Council for consideration at a session to be held later this month.

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