GENEVA (AP) – The former senior UN human rights official will be part of a new standing panel investigating abuses in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, the Human Rights Council said Thursday. United Nations man.
Human Rights Council 47-member president appointed Navi Pillay, a former South African judge, to head commission of inquiry established following the 11-day conflict between Israel and the militant group Hamas in May.
Pillay, who served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008 to 2014, is currently a judge at the International Court of Justice examining allegations of genocide in Myanmar.
The other members of the commission are Miloon Kothari, an Indian architect and housing rights expert, and Chris Sidoti from Australia, who has served on panels investigating abuse in Myanmar.
Israel criticized the creation of the panel and accused the Geneva-based Human Rights Council of bias against the Jewish state.
The panel’s mandate is to investigate “all alleged violations of international humanitarian law and all alleged violations and abuses of international human rights law before and since April 13, 2021”.
He was asked to report to the board in June 2022, and annually thereafter.