EU calls on Israel to investigate human rights defenders

Brussels called on Israeli authorities to investigate the events during which the human rights activist was seriously injured, as well as to issue a new visa to the head of the regional office of HRW. The European Union called on Israel to conduct an expedited investigation into the clashes of demonstrators with police in Haifa last week, during which the head was seriously injured Mossawa Arab-Israeli human rights organization Jafar Farah. This is stated in a statement distributed on Tuesday, May 22, the European Foreign Service (EEAS).

Farah accused the Israeli police of disproportionate use of force, as well as the fact that after his arrest he deliberately broke his leg. According to Israeli media, the police rejected any connection between Farah’s arrest and a broken leg.

In addition, the decision of the Israeli authorities was condemned in Brussels, according to which the head of the regional branch of the human rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW), US citizen Omar Shakir, his work visa was canceled and threatened with expulsion from the country. “The EU expects Israel to reconsider this decision, otherwise it will replenish a very short list of states that do not allow HRW to be expelled to its territory,” the statement said.

The EU stands for open and favorable conditions for the existence of civil society in Europe, Israel, the territory of the Palestinian Authority and around the world, the EEAS statement said.

US quits UN Human Rights Council

US Permanent Representative to the UN Nikki Haley announced the US withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council. Earlier, the United States called for reform of the organization. US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nicky Haley on Tuesday, June 19, announced the US withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council. One of the main reasons for the decision is “chronic bias against Israel,” she said.

The Council “has been a protector of human rights violators for too long,” the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations said. According to her, “the most inhumane regimes in the world continue to avoid a close study of their actions.” The United States “will be happy to rejoin” the Council in the event of its reform, said Haley. In turn, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo called the organization “a poor defender of human rights.”

In 2017, the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations called for a number of changes in the activities of the Council. In particular, the Council should focus less on Israel, says Haley. In addition, she advocated a reduction in the number of votes needed to expel members of the Council who flagrantly violate human rights and to reduce the number of speeches and resolutions.

The reaction of the UN High Commissioner

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raad al-Hussein, is disappointed with the position of the American side. “Given the state of human rights in today’s world, the United States should strengthen its activities, and not take a step in the opposite direction,” he said.

The UN Human Rights Council was established in 2006. He replaced the UN Commission on Human Rights, which has existed since 1946. Council members are 47 countries that are elected for three years on a territorial basis.

Rada Committee recommended two candidates for the post of auditor of NABU

On Wednesday, June 6, the anti-corruption committee of the Verkhovna Rada recommended two candidates for parliament for the post of NABU auditor.

We are talking about: partner of Baker & McKenzie, US citizen Thomas Firestone and doctor of law Vladimir Vasilenko.

Interview with applicants was in jeopardy, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

Several people’s deputies left the committee meeting because, in their opinion, the procedure was disrupted. However, the quorum was still not broken.

In total, five people submitted their candidacies this time. 4 of them were interviewed by members of the anti-corruption committee of the Rada.

Among the remaining candidates: a member of the Bar Association of Israel, a citizen of Ukraine with a permanent residence in Israel Vadim Melamed, head of the public organization Association for the fight against organized crime Antimafiya Yuri Likhnenko, pensioner Valery Neboga.

Recall, on May 23, the Verkhovna Rada Anti-Corruption Committee could not hold a meeting on the appointment of an auditor of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine due to the lack of a quorum.

Since the beginning of the year, the Verkhovna Rada twice failed to vote for its representative in the external control commission to conduct an independent assessment (audit) of the effectiveness of the NABU.

Because of the candidacy of the auditor, deputies had previously fired the head of the Council’s anti-corruption committee, Yegor Sobolev.

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