UN human rights chief calls for ending ‘culture of impunity’ — Global Issues

His appeal comes in the wake of the murder of AlJazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot and killed on Wednesday while covering an Israeli raid in Jenin, in the West Bank.

The American-Palestinian journalist was buried Friday in East Jerusalem and a huge crowd turned out for her funeral.

“Shocking” use of force

The High Commissioner issued a statement saying she was following “with deep distress” events in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

“The footage 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,” a- she declared.

Ms Bachelet said that Israeli use of forcefilmed and broadcast live, seemed useless and must be promptly and transparently investigated.

“There must be accountability for the terrible murder not only of Shireen Abu Akleh but for all the killings and serious injuries in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” she said.

Call for inquiry

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

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

“As I have called many times before, there must be proper investigations in the actions of the Israeli security forces,” Bachelet said.

“Anyone found responsible should be held liable for criminal and disciplinary sanctions commensurate with the seriousness of the violation. This culture of impunity must end now.

Security Council condemnation

The murder of Ms Abu Akleh sent shock waves around the world, and UN officials were among those calling for an investigation.

The journalist was shot while wearing a vest identifying her as a member of the press. His producer was also injured.

The UN Security Council on Friday issued a statement strongly condemning his assassination, reiterating that journalists must be protected as civilians.

The Council also called for an immediate, thorough, transparent, fair and impartial investigation into his assassination, and stressed the need to ensure accountability.

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