Monday, April 6, 2009
On Friday, the UN Human Rights Council announced its appointment of Richard J. Goldstone, former Chief Prosecutor for both the ICTY and the ICTR and former Supreme Court Justice from South Africa, to lead an independent fact-finding investigation into allegations by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch that Israeli violated international humanitarian law by using the incendiary white phosphorus in civilian areas during the conflict in the Gaza Strip from Dec. 27, 2008 to Jan. 18, 2009. Also appointed to the fact-finding mission were Professor Christine Chinkin of the London School of Economics and Political Science, Ms. Hina Jilani, Advocate for the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and (ret.) Colonel Desmond Travers (Irish Armed Forces), member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for International Criminal Investigations. The team will hold several meetings and discussions in Geneva before traveling to the Middle East region to continue its investigation.