UN Security Council 58.
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Israel defended its right to stop aid ships headed for the Gaza Strip during a
hearing of the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva on Wednesday, AFP
The two-day committee hearing began on Tuesday, discussing
whether Israel was violating obligations under the International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights.
“No ship can breach this blockade, be they
civil or military ships. Whoever violates the blockade is heading for
retaliation,” Israeli envoy Sari Rubenstein told the Human Rights
“The blockade is legitimate. Under international law...
a blockade can be imposed on the sea.”
“These are not activists for
peace, but messengers of death,” Ambassador Aharon Leshno-Yaar told the panel on
Wednesday, in reference to those aboard the Mavi Marmara
sweep aside with a stroke of the hand the application of the treaty in
Palestinian territories,” said a French member of the committee,
Chanet, according to AFP.
The Human Rights Committee is a UN body of 18
experts that meets three times a year for four-week sessions (spring
UN headquarters in New York, summer and fall sessions at the UN Office
Geneva) to consider the five-yearly reports submitted by 162 UN member
their compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political
and to examine individual petitions concerning 112 states parties to the
optional protocol to the treaty.