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Mary McGowan Davis to head UNHRC Gaza probe

India along with other BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia China and South Africa - had voted in favour of a resolution to launch a probe into Israel’s military action in the Gaza.

The Gaza conflict ended with a truce on August 26 after the deaths of more than 2,140 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 73 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

Davis has served on a 2010 three person panel to monitor Israeli and Palestinian compliance with the UNHRC’s Goldstone Report, which probed human rights violations during the IDF’s incursion into Gaza in January 2009.

Her appointment came a day after Schabas resigned from the commission after Israel accused him of bias due to consultancy work he did for the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.

Canadian international law expert Schabas sent the resignation letter to the head of the UN Human Rights Council, said council spokesman Rolando Gomez.

In his letter, Schabas explained that Israel’s complaint was linked to a brief legal opinion he had prepared for the PLO in October, 2012.

Schabas had done some consultancy work for the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) in October 2012 and had been paid USD 1300.


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