START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x

Human Rights Groups Call on Israel to Allow Them Entry to Gaza


Health & Wellness  (tags: Gaza Strip-Gaza assault 2014, human Rights groups, Human rights-children rights' violations, Israel denies entry into Gaza Strip, Amnesty Int'l, humanitarian, babies, disease, death, children, medicine, investigation, prevention, safety, women, news )

Jess
- 39 days ago - middleeastmonitor.com
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said the Israeli authorities have denied them entry into the Gaza Strip to investigate allegations of human rights violations using various bureaucratic excuses



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

Comments

jess b (24)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 3:33 am
"The Israeli authorities appear to have been playing bureaucratic games with us over access to Gaza, conditioning it on entirely unreasonable criteria even as the death toll mounts." - Anne FitzGerald, Amnesty's director of Research and Crisis Response.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said the Israeli authorities have denied them entry into the Gaza Strip to investigate allegations of human rights violations using various bureaucratic excuses, the Anadolu news agency reported.

The organisations announced, in a joint statement yesterday, that they had asked the Egyptian authorities to allow them to enter Gaza through the Rafah crossing, but Cairo did not respond to their request.

The statement did not mention the date the requests were submitted.

Anne FitzGerald, Amnesty International's director of Research and Crisis Response, said: "The Israeli authorities appear to have been playing bureaucratic games with us over access to Gaza, conditioning it on entirely unreasonable criteria even as the death toll mounts."

"The victims' and the public's right to know about what happened during the recent hostilities requires the Israeli authorities to ensure full transparency about their actions and to refrain from hindering independent and impartial research into all alleged violations."

The statement pointed out that "since the beginning of Israel's military operation on July 8, 2014, in Gaza, code-named "Protective Edge", Israeli authorities have denied repeated requests by both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to enter Gaza via the Israeli-controlled Erez Crossing."

Meanwhile, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, Sarah Leah Whitson said: "If Israel is confident in its claim that Hamas is responsible for civilian deaths in Gaza, it shouldn't be blocking human rights organisations from carrying out on-site investigations. Public pronouncements by a warring party don't determine whether attacks violated the laws of war, but field investigations could."

The statement pointed out that "Since July 7, Amnesty International's International Secretariat has submitted three applications for permission to enter Gaza via the Erez Crossing to Israel's Civil Administration, which operates under Israel's Defence Ministry."

It continued: "In each case, the Civil Administration said it could not process the requests, and that the Erez Crossing was closed," noting that "journalists, United Nations staff, humanitarian workers, and others with permits have been able to enter and exit via Erez throughout this period."

Fitzgerald said: "Valuable time has already been lost and it's essential that human rights organisations are now able to enter the Gaza Strip to begin the vital job of verifying allegations of war crimes."

The statement pointed out that Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have some teams already working on the ground in Gaza, but the sheer size of reported violations requires providing further assistance to the investigators.

The two organisations called on the Israeli government to "allow all allegations of war crimes and other violations to be independently verified and the victims to obtain justice. Active human rights monitoring on the ground can also help serve to prevent further abuses being carried out by all sides."

The Israeli authorities last allowed Human Rights Watch entry into Gaza Strip through the Erez crossing in 2006, and Amnesty International in the summer of 2012.
 

Chris Carson (10)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 4:16 am
IT'S TIME FOR ISRAEL TO GROW UP AND STOP THIS NOW!!!!! We in the West and Israel itself must get a grip on the future, and move on!!!! Israel is so busy reminding everyone about the Holocaust, and using it to further their genocidal agenda that Western governments are too afraid, and too filled with remorse for their inaction through this dark era, that they dare not stand up to Israel now!!! Yes the Holocaust was terrible!!!! Yes the world stood by and did little or nothing!!!! But it's time to admit that Yes! we did the Palestinians a terrible wrong in taking away their land and giving it to Israel to assuage our guilt!!! It's also time to remember the Holocaust did not just murder the Jews! Gypsies, Poles, cripples, the mentally infirm, homosexuals,German intellectuals, artists, doctors, writers, prisoners of war from France, Holland Britain, Russia Poland, Holland, Belgium... the list goes on... this terrible era is over! New wars have come and gone and come back again!!! but surely it's time we looked at the middle east without the Holocaust informing our moral and political stance? Genocide is genocide regardless whether we owe someone a 70 year old moral debt! Stop backing Israel, stop sending them weapons, and stop sanctioning their with our silence!!! Well done Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch for trying to do what other, larger more powerful organisations are reluctant to do... and that is doing the RIGHT THING!!!
 

Sandra Penna (102)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 4:34 am
thanks, Jess. I agree with Chris Carson.
 

Lorna B. (24)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 4:40 am
Just out of interest Chris Carson, what do you envision the future of the area being? You can't just say 'stop' and 'it's all your fault', that is unrealistic. Put a suggestion forward then.
 

ParsifalOFFLINE S. (100)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 12:23 am

'How do we fight against our enemies?
We do so by deception'.
- Zohar (I, 160a) (Zohar = Splendor or Radiance) is the foundational work in the literature of Jewish mystical thought known as Kabbalah
 

jess b (24)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 1:09 am
Israel bars Amnesty, Human Rights Watch workers from Gaza
Human rights organizations prevented from conducting investigations into Israel-Hamas fighting.

Israel has been refusing to allow employees of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to enter the Gaza Strip in order to conduct their own independent investigations into the fighting, using various bureaucratic excuses.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.611015
 

jess b (24)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 2:09 am
Israel bars Amnesty, Human Rights Watch workers from Gaza
http://www.care2.com/news/member/827551733/3798196
 
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:
Please add your comment: (plain text only please. Allowable HTML: <a>)

Track Comments: Notify me with a personal message when other people comment on this story


Loading Noted By...Please Wait

 

 
Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of Care2.com or its affiliates.