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Human Rights Council
Fifteenth session
Agenda item 7
Human Rights situation in Palestine and other Occupied Arab territories

Report of the international fact-finding mission to investigate violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, resulting from the Israeli attacks on the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian assistance


A/HRC/15/21

Distr.: General
22 September 2010

Original: English

Summary

This report was prepared by the fact-finding mission established by the Human Rights Council in resolution A/HRC/RES/14/1 of 2 June 2010 to investigate violations of international law, including international humanitarian law and human rights law, resulting the interception by Israeli forces of the humanitarian aid flotilla bound for Gaza on 31 2010 during which nine people were killed and many others injured.

The report sets out background information relating to the interception of the flotilla well as the applicable international law.

The fact-finding mission conducted interviews with more than 100 witnesses in Geneva, London, Istanbul and Amman. On the basis of this testimony and other information received, the Mission was able to reconstruct a picture of the circumstances surrounding the interception on 31 May 2010 and its aftermath. The report presents a factual description of the events leading up to the interception, the interception of each of six ships in the flotilla as well as a seventh ship subsequently intercepted on 6 June 2010, the deaths of nine passengers and wounding of many others and the detention of passengers in Israel and their deportation.

The report contains a legal analysis of facts as determined by the Mission with a to determining whether violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, took place.

The fact-finding mission concluded that a series of violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, were committed by the Israeli forces during the interception of the flotilla and during the detention of passengers in Israel prior to deportation.


Contents

I. Introduction.

II. Background

III. Interception of the flotilla by the Israeli navy and its aftermath

IV. Accountability and effective remedy

V. Conclusions


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