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UNSC’s NAM caucus calls for ‘impartial’ probe

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 28 — The U.N. Security Council members belonging to the Nonaligned Movement’s Caucus Wednesday voiced their “grave concern” over the death in Israeli detention of a Palestinian man and called for a thorough investigation into his death.

Arafat Jaradat, who was arrested by Israeli security forces on 18 February, died on Saturday.

A statement read out to the press by Pakistan’s U.N. Ambassador Masood Khan on behalf of the 15-member Council’s NAM Caucus, said, “While taking note of the preliminary findings of the autopsy, they call for an independent and impartial investigation into this tragic incident”.

Also present on the occasion were envoys of Morocco, Guatemala, Palestine, Azerbaijan and Togo.

The NAM Caucus statement called for full respect of the international human rights and humanitarian law obligations towards all Palestinian prisoners and detainees being held by Israel, the Occupying Power.

“In this connection, they also stress the obligations towards those being held by Israel in administrative detention, including several Palestinians on hunger strike, whose deteriorating health condition is putting their lives in imminent danger, thus requiring an urgent humane solution to their plight”.

The statement stressed the need for de-escalation of the situation on the ground and call for a cessation of all acts of provocation, incitement and violence.

“They called for immediate efforts by all concerned parties to defuse the current tense situation in order to avert further destabilization, to preserve calm, and to salvage the prospects for reviving peace negotiations towards the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of international law and relevant resolutions of the United Nations including the Security Council.” (PNA/APP)


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