Resignation “won't hamper” Gaza inquiry's work

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The resignation of the head of an inquiry into possible war crimes during the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict will not affect the outcome of the investigation according to the Human Rights Council (HRC).

In the wake of the decision to quit by Professor William Schabas, HRC president Joachim Ruecker has said the inquiry's work would not be compromised.

The results of the probe are to be presented to the Geneva-based body in March, as Daniel Johnson reports.

The resignation of the head of an inquiry into possible war crimes during the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict won't affect the outcome of the probe, the Human Rights Council said Tuesday.

"The Commission's work will not be compromised in any way, they are now in drafting mode they are drafting the final report which will be presented on 23 March."

Human Rights Council spokesperson Rolando Gomez, who explained that the council's president Joachim Ruecker had received a resignation letter from William Schabas on Monday evening.

Talks are under way to appoint a new chair and member of the Commission of Inquiry on the Gaza conflict, Mr Gomez told reporters in Geneva.

The development comes after Professor Schabas stood down as head of the Gaza inquiry amid allegations of anti-Israel bias, arising from his previous work for the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations.

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