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UN rights council names panel to probe Israeli war conduct

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) [official website] on Friday appointed three experts to investigate alleged international law violations by Israel in the ongoing Middle East conflict [JURIST news archive]. The three-person panel was mandated by a resolution [PDF text], adopted by the HRC [JURIST report] earlier in August that also rebuked Israel called for an immediate end to its offensive in southern Lebanon. The panelists will focus on targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure and Israel's apparent use of indiscriminate weaponry such as cluster bombs [FAS backgrounder].

The commission consists of Clemente Baena Soares [UN profile], former secretary-general of the Organisation of American States; Mohamed Chande Othman, a former Tanzania Supreme Court Justice and ICTY prosecutor; and Stelios Perrakis, a professor at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, Greece. News.com.au has more. VOA has additional coverage.

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