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India abstains from voting on UNHRC decision to probe alleged crimes throughout Gaza battle


China and Russia have been amongst these voting in favour.

India was amongst 14 international locations that abstained from voting on a decision on the U.N. Human Rights Council to launch an investigation into alleged violations and crimes through the 11-day battle between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

The decision was adopted as 24 international locations voted in favour of it whereas 9 opposed it on the finish of an all-day particular session of the 47-member UN physique at its headquarters in Geneva on Thursday.

According to official particulars, India abstained from voting along with 13 different member nations of the grouping. China and Russia have been amongst these voting in favour.


“The Human Rights Council this afternoon adopted a resolution on ensuring respect for international human rights law and international humanitarian law in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel,” the U.N. physique mentioned in an announcement.

It mentioned the worldwide fee of inquiry has been established to research violations of worldwide humanitarian regulation and all alleged violations and abuses of worldwide human rights through the latest battle.

The particular session of the Council was referred to as to debate the “grave human rights situation” within the Palestinian territory together with East Jerusalem.

India’s everlasting consultant to the U.N. in Geneva Indra Mani Pandey mentioned on the particular session that New Delhi welcomes the diplomatic efforts of the worldwide group and regional international locations which have resulted in bringing ceasefire between Israel and armed teams in Gaza.


“India calls on all parties to show extreme restraint, desist from actions that aggravate tensions and refrain from any further attempts to unilaterally change the existing status-quo, including in East Jerusalem and its neighbourhoods,” he mentioned.

In an announcement, Mr. Pandey additionally expressed concern on the persevering with violence in Jerusalem, particularly at Haram Al Sharif and different Palestinian territories.

“We remain concerned about the continuing violence in Jerusalem, especially at Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount and other Palestinian territories, and about the possible eviction process in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem,” he mentioned.

Mr. Pandey mentioned the indiscriminate rocket firings from Gaza focusing on the civilian inhabitants in Israel, and the retaliatory airstrikes into Gaza have precipitated immense sufferings.

“We deeply mourn the loss of civilian lives resulting from the violence, and urge the international community’s immediate attention to providing humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian civilian population, particularly in Gaza,” he mentioned.

“India continues to provide developmental and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian Authority, including COVID-19 related assistance, bilaterally, and through our dedicated contribution to the UN,” he added.

Both Israel and Hamas agreed on a ceasefire that has come into impact on final Friday after 11 days of intense combating during which round 230 individuals have been killed in Gaza and 12 in Israel.

Mr. Pandey mentioned India was firmly satisfied that dialogue stays the one viable choice that may successfully deal with the problems confronting the area and its individuals.

“Recent developments have once again underscored the need for immediate resumption of dialogue between Israel and Palestine, aimed at realising the establishment of two States living side by side in peace within secure and recognised borders,” he mentioned.

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