New Gaza probe chairperson appointed

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Mary McGowan Davis. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

The appointment of a new chairperson to lead the UN probe into possible war crimes in Gaza was announced on Wednesday after the previous incumbent resigned amid Israeli allegations of bias.

The new chairperson is one of two remaining human rights investigators.

She is tasked with looking into alleged war crimes during a conflict in Gaza in 2014 between Israel and the Palestinian faction Hamas.

Daniel Johnson reports.

The work of war crimes investigators in Gaza is set to continue after it was announced on Wednesday that a new chairperson has been appointed to lead the inquiry.

According to the UN Human Rights Council, Mary McGowan Davis – who's one of two remaining members of the investigating group — takes up her position after the previous incumbent quit last Friday.

Canadian academic Professor William Schabas tendered his resignation after Israel accused him of bias, citing his consultancy work for the Palestine Liberation Organization in 2012.

In his resignation letter Professor Schabas said he did not want to compromise the inquiry's work.

Following Wednesday's announcement, Council spokesperson Rolando Gomez insisted that the Gaza report had not been undermined by the Schabas resignation.

He said the investigators' work was "in a final phase" and "the bulk" of their interviews and evidence-gathering was complete.

Their report is due to be presented to the Geneva-based council on 23 March.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations.

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