UN Rights Council Inquest The Murder of Akleh, Al Jazeera Reporter
Friday marked the conclusion of a week of open hearings in Geneva for the UN Human Rights Council investigation into alleged rights abuses in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem and Israel.
Shireen Abu Akleh, an experienced American-Palestinian journalist for Al Jazeera, was killed; testimony about this was presented throughout the proceedings.
The Human Rights Council ordered the meeting, which is a component of the commission’s continuing inquiry.
Commissioner Chris Sidoti outlined the two goals of it. First, it’s important to comprehend why six of the seven Palestinian non-governmental organizations that advocate for human rights have been labeled as terrorist groups.
The second portion of the activities for the week consisted of gathering firsthand knowledge about the murder of the late Akleh.
Although they are not the only subject of our inquiry, we believe that they are particularly important in helping us better grasp the state of civic space in general.
In a statement, Mr. Sidoti added, “Also, understanding of civil society and throughout that region, throughout the occupied Palestinian territories, and Israel.”
At the open forum, a total of 13 witnesses, victims of civil society organizations, and legal counsel testified before commissioners Navi Pillay, Mr. Sidoti, and Miloon Kothari.
One person, Lina Abu Akleh, has made an effort to find out who killed her aunt, Abu Akleh, on May 11.
The seasoned television reporter, who was well-versed in covering the area, was slain while attempting to cover an Israeli Security Forces arrest operation and skirmishes in the Jenin refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank.
Following her death, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, claimed that Israeli soldiers, not randomly firing Palestinians, were responsible for the fatal shooting.
The Israeli government declared in September that there was a “high chance” that Ms. Akleh had been unintentionally struck by Israeli forces.
“It is crucial that these public hearings take place because they give us a platform to express our testimony, our experiences, and the hardship we had to undergo over the previous six months, as well as to convey our thoughts and requests, Lina Abu Akleh explained, “It’s terrible that the Commission of Inquiry cannot reach the areas.”
“What motivated me to stand out for my aunt Shireen was the absence of accountability and justice.
She continued, “What keeps me going in our pursuit is the significance of obtaining justice and spreading her message.”