Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Israel has agreed to participate in a periodic review by the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) today, ending an 18-month boycott. Pursuant to the Internatioanl Covenant on Civil and Politial Rights, the HRC is to review members states' human rights records every four years. However, Israel refused to participate when its turn came last January, alleging that the HRC has an anti-Israeli bias. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Sunday that Israel is willing to go forward with the review, perhaps in response to pressure from international allies who would like to set a postive precedent.