UN names commission on Israeli Lebanon 'abuses'

The UN Human Rights Council appointed a Brazilian diplomat, a Tanzanian judge and Greek professor to form a commission of inquiry to investigate whether Israel committed systematic human rights abuses in Lebanon. The inquiry was created last month at a special session of the council, which condemned Israel for "massive bombardment of Lebanese civilian populations" and other "systematic" human rights violations, and decided to send a commission to investigate. The Council urged that the commisison "investigate the systematic targeting and killings of civilians by Israel," among other alleged violations. The UN rights body voted on Aug. 11 by 27-11 to create the inquiry.