Konkret handling og en troverdig prosess videre viktig – norsk innlegg om Goldstone-rapporten i MR-rådet

Norge mener konklusjonene i rapporten fra kommisjonen fordrer konkret handling og at et troverdig prosess for videre undersøkelser av de påståtte overgrepene må etableres.

Dette er en av konklusjonene i Norges innlegg i FNs menneskerettighetsråds debatt om den såkalte Goldstone-rapporten 29. september. Den sør-afrikanske dommer Richard Goldstone, som ledet FNs menneskerettighetsråds uavhengige undersøkelseskommisjon om påstander om brudd på FNs menneskerettigheter og humanitærretten i forbindelse med Gaza-konflikten, presenterte rapporten for MR-rådet i forkant av debatten. 

HRC 12. Item 7. Intervention by Norway

  • Norway welcomes this opportunity to address the report of the UN Fact Finding Commission. 
  • The report is thorough and well prepared. We note the substantial amount of documentation included in the Report. 
  • The Commission has interpreted its mandate to include any actions by all parties that might have constituted violations of international human rights law or international humanitarian law. This is important. 
  • We regret, however, the problems encountered by the Commission in obtaining documentation related to the effects of the shelling of Israeli civilians, as well as other information from Israeli Government sources, which could have shed more light on several issues raised in the report. 
  • We note that the UN Fact-finding Commission concludes that there is evidence indicating serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law committed both by Israel during the Operation Cast Lead in Gaza and in the West Bank, as well as by Palestinian armed groups in their repeated launching of rockets into Southern Israel. 
  • It is our firm view that the conclusions drawn up by the Commission requires concrete action and that a credible system of investigation of the alleged violations should be established. 
  • Under International Humanitarian Law, States have a clear obligation to investigate and prosecute possible violations conducted by members of its armed forces during the course of armed conflict. These are necessary steps to prevent a climate of impunity.
  • The findings of the report leave no doubt that there should be an adequate and efficient follow up mechanism established by both parties to the conflict. This is in line with our general view that the alternative to the rule of law is not only a society where power prevails over justice. It is also a society without long-term peace and prosperity prospects. 
  • We are deeply concerned that issues of protection of vulnerable groups in armed conflict and the role of humanitarian agencies and workers are increasingly under threat. The full development of international humanitarian law is a significant legacy of the violent century we have put behind us. International humanitarian law needs to be protected, defended and expanded.