UN chief of rights calls for an end to ‘culture of impunity’ — Global Issues

Her call comes in the wake of the murder of Al Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh, who was fatally shot Wednesday while reporting an Israeli raid on Jenin, in the West Bank.

The veteran Palestinian-American journalist was buried Friday in East Jerusalem and crowds flocked to her funeral.

‘Shocking’ use of violence

The High Commissioner released a statement saying she was following events in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, “with great sadness.”

“Images of Israeli police attacking mourners during the funeral procession of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in East Jerusalem on Friday, May 13 was shocking. Reports indicate that at least 33 people were injured,” she said.

Mrs Bachelet said that the Israeli use of forcewhich was filmed and broadcast live, turned out not to be necessary and should be investigated quickly and transparently.

“There must be accountability for the horrific murder of not only Shireen Abu Akleh, but for all murders and serious injuries in the occupied Palestinian territory,” she said.

Call for inquiries

The UN head of rights reported that 48 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces so far this year.

The latest death occurred on Saturday when a young man named Walid al-Sharif succumbed to injuries sustained during clashes at the Al Aqsa mosque complex in Jerusalem last month.

“As I have often asked, there must be appropriate investigations in the actions of Israeli security forces,” said Ms Bachelet.

“Anyone found responsible should be held accountable with criminal and disciplinary sanctions commensurate with the seriousness of the offense. This culture of impunity must now end.”

condemnation of the Security Council

The murder of Mrs. Abu Akleh has sent shockwaves around the world and UN officials, among others, have called for an investigation.

The journalist was shot even though she was wearing a vest that identified her as a member of the press corps. Her producer was also injured.

In a statement Friday, the UN Security Council strongly condemned her murder and reiterated that journalists must be protected as civilians.

The Council also called for an immediate, thorough, transparent, fair and impartial investigation into her murder, stressing the need to be accountable.

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