Iran stresses dispatch of intl team to Gaza to investigate human rights violations

Geneva, July 25, IRNA – Iran's Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations Headquartes in Geneva Mohsen Naziri-Asl urged international bodies including the UNHRC to take action to stop Zionist regime assaults on civilians in Gaza.

The official called for speedy dispatch of an independent and international team to Gaza to investigate all human rights violation cases there.

Speaking on behalf of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in a UN Human Rights Council special meeting on Gaza on Thursday, he also called for identifying officials behind the crimes.

He expressed grave concern over the continuation of human rights violations in Gaza as well as the deteriorating humanitarian situation there.

The Iranian diplomat strongly slammed the extensive and organized violation of international regulations by the Zionist regime during its latest offensive to Gaza and categorically condemned the killing of hundreds of defenseless women and children and injuring over 500 civilians.

stressing that continuing assaults of the Zionist regime against Gaza put in danger both peace and security in the region as well as the international arena, he called on the international community to take speedy measures to put an end to the Zionist regime crimes against the Palestinian civilians and stop the extensive Israeli attacks.

He also demanded the removal all blockade against people in Gaza Strip and also other forms of illegal policies which he described as vivid cases of international regulations violations.

Naziri-Asl further voiced the utter dismay of the NAM member states about the failure of the United Nations Security Council in shouldering its responsibilities as stated in the UN Charter.

Zionist regime assaults and besiege of Gaza is a threat to regional, international peace and security, the envoy added.

UN Human Rights Council voted Wednesday to launch an inquiry into violations of human rights by Zionist regime in the Gaza Strip.

The council’s inquiry would investigate “all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law” in Palestinian areas. The resolution was drafted by Palestine and supported by 29 of the 46-member council. The US voted against the resolution, while European countries abstained.

The vote came after the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay suggested that war crimes might have been committed in the Gaza Strip, blaming Israel of doing too little to avoid civilian deaths.

Israel has been pounding the blockaded Gaza for 18 consecutive days now, injuring more than 4,600 others.

According to the UN, 77% of the victims in Gaza are civilians and defenseless people.

Since July 8, Israeli warplanes have been carrying out incessant airstrikes against Gaza.

On July 17, thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion into the densely-populated Gaza Strip.