HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, ENDING VISIT TO ISRAEL AND OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY,
SAYS CIVILIANS BEARING BRUNT OF VIOLATIONS
23 November 2006
Louise Arbour Says Civilians Are Bearing Brunt of Violations
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said in a statement released on 23 November that Palestinian and Israeli civilians were the primary victims of the alarming deprivation of human rights in the region.
Speaking at the end of a five-day visit to the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, the High Commissioner said her talks with both Palestinians and Israelis affected by the violence made apparent "their profound sense of frustration and abandonment, including a perception that the international community is not doing enough to protect them".
The High Commissioner said the situation was particularly acute in the occupied Palestinian territory.
"I left Gaza with a sense that the right of its people to physical integrity --their right to life -- was particularly imperiled: Beit Hanoun is only one case in many", she said, referring