Committee of Independent Experts on Gaza War - by Stephen Lendman
On September 21, the UN Human Rights Council's independent fact finding Committee issued its report titled, "No Safe Place," assessing "investigat(ions) and report(s) on violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law during" Operation Cast Lead. Its members included:
-- Professor John Dugard, Chairman, former UN Special Human Rights Rapporteur for Occupied Palestine;
-- Norwegian Judge Finn Lynghjem;
-- Chilean attorney Gonzalo Boye;
-- Professor Corte-Real, a forensic body damage evaluator; and
-- solicitor Ms. Raelene Sharp.
On February 21, it held an initial meeting with the Arab League's Secretary-General in Cairo, then entered Gaza the next day through the Rafah crossing. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights organized its six day visit with a wide range of persons, including Cast Lead victims, witnesses, doctors, lawyers, journalists, business people, and members of NGOs, UN agencies and Hamas.