Amnesty welcomes the establishment of the UN's fact-finding mission led by Justice Richard J. Goldstone, former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda looking into possible war crimes committed during the Gaza conflict.
We are calling on both sides to fully cooperate with it and for the UN Security Council to publicly support it.
UPDATE 2 JULY 2009: WAR CRIMES REPORT PUBLISHEDBefore the conflict was over in January 2009, Amnesty researchers were in Gaza and southern Israel investigating possible war crimes.
We found that Israeli forces killed hundreds of unarmed Palestinian civilians
and destroyed thousands of homes, which broke the laws of war.
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UNITED NATIONS BOARD OF INQUIRY
On 22 April, the UN Board of Inquiry submitted to the UN Secretary-General its report on attacks that caused injury or death of UN personnel and damage to UN facilities in Gaza during Israeli military operations there. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented a summary of the report to the UN Security Council. Read the documents (PDF).
A key recommendation of the report is that incidents involving killings of civilians, and other allegations of violations of international humanitarian law on both sides during the conflict, should be subject to an adequately resourced and fully mandated impartial inquiry. Amnesty International strongly endorses the recommendation.
The Secretary-General stated that he did 'not plan any further inquiry', contradicting his earlier statements on accountability and the recommendation of the Board that a broader investigation be established.
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