Amnesty International Marks Two-Year Anniversary of Gaza Conflict

Article Date: 23:32 2011/01/18
Article ID: 0084
London, January 18 (QNA) – Amnesty International said on Tuesday it was marking the two-year “anniversary” of the end of the 2008-9 Gaza conflict with a “global day of action” on 18 January calling for justice for the victims of the fighting. The global day is the launch of Amnesty’s two-month campaign ahead of the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in March, at which the UN is being asked to provide an international justice solution for the victims of the Gaza conflict, Amnesty said. In 22 days of conflict between 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009, hundreds of Palestinian civilians (including about 300 children) and three Israeli civilians were killed, with many others on both sides injured. The UK government has previously supported moves to ensure that preliminary UN investigations into the conflict are acted on, and Amnesty supporters are now pressing the Foreign Secretary William Hague to ensure that this happens. The organisation is calling on states at the UN’s Human Rights Council to agree a resolution that will refer the issue to the UN in New York – this could in turn trigger a referral to the International Criminal Court at The Hague. To coincide with its day of action Amnesty has released a new “Day In The Life”-style film showing the long-term effects of conflict in the region upon people on both sides of the conflict. In previous statements Amnesty urged Israel to lift the blockade on more than 1.4 million Palestinians cut off from the outside world and struggling with desperate poverty. Amnesty said that the blockade constitutes collective punishment under international law and must be lifted immediately.” As the occupying power, Israel has a duty under international law to ensure the welfare of Gaza s inhabitants, including their rights to health, education, food and adequate housing, Amnesty said. (QNA) M T Z


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