Monday, 31 January 2011

Amnesty: Israel's Flotilla Probe a 'Whitewash'

London-based rights group Amnesty International condemned on Friday the findings of an Israeli inquiry into last year’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla as a “whitewash,” saying the Israeli investigating panel failed to account for the deaths of nine Turkish nationals at the hands of Israeli commando forces.
"Despite being nearly 300 pages long, the [Tirkel] report crucially fails to explain how the activists died and what conclusions the Commission reached regarding the IDF’s specific actions in each case," said a statement from AI.

"The Commission’s failure to account for the deaths reinforces the view that the Israeli authorities are unwilling or incapable of delivering accountability for abuses of international law committed by Israeli forces," the organization accused, saying the inadequate findings of the commission, "highlights the need for follow-up to ensure that the sharply contrasting conclusions of the International Fact-Finding Mission appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, which were issued on 22 September 2010, but not even mentioned by the Commission, are addressed and that the rights of victims to an effective remedy are upheld."

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 31st, 2011.]

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