Human Rights Council to probe expansion of Israeli settlements in the OPT

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The UN Human Rights Council is to investigate the implications of Israeli settlements on the rights of the Palestinian people.

The council has appointed a three member fact finding mission which will undertake the investigations in the occupied Palestinian territory including East Jerusalem.

A report presented to the council by the UN expert on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories Richard Falk said Israeli settlement expansion has continued to accelerate with at least 3,500 units under construction in 2011.

Mr Falk said the settlements were not only illegal under international law, but their continued expansion flagrantly violates Security Council resolutions.

President of the Human Rights Council Ambassador Laura Dupuy Lasserre of Uruguay appealed to Israel to co-operate with the fact finding mission.

"I have decided to appoint three individuals to carry out the independent international mission of inquiry which will investigate the repercussions of Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem. The names of these experts are Ms. Christine Chanet, of France; Ms. Unity Dow, of Botswana; and Ms. Asma Jahangir, of Pakistan. Ms. Chanet will act as the chair of his mission of inquiry. Ms. Chanet, Ms. Dow and Ms. Jahangir, are highly qualified for carrying out this important task which has been entrusted to them, by the Council. Each one of them has a long winded history and experience of impartial, objective work in the field of human rights.

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