NGOs urge UNGA to uphold Goldstone Report on Gaza
3 November 2009 10:31 pm
November 2, 2009
Re: UNGA Resolution on Goldstone Report
We, the undersigned civil society organizations, are writing to urge your government to support
recommendations in the Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict
(Goldstone Report) and work with others in the General Assembly to secure adoption of a
resolution calling on the Israeli Government and relevant Palestinian authorities in Gaza to
launch independent investigations, in conformity with international standards, into the serious
violations of International Humanitarian and International Human Rights Law reported by the
Mission and to ensure the establishment of an appropriate international mechanism to provide an
independent assessment of the investigations.
We believe it is imperative that the UN General Assembly demonstrate its unequivocal support
for human rights and the protection of Israeli and Palestinian civilians. Credible, independent
investigations of the findings of the Goldstone Report, with an objective review of the
investigations, will promote accountability among all parties to the conflict and put an end to the
culture of impunity.
We believe the international community must demonstrate resolve on the issue of accountability
on both sides of this conflict, and ensure that international law is upheld. It is this approach
which will strengthen the chances of peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians.