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Germany to Israel: Expect ‘severe diplomatic damage’ if It’s Dismissive Of UNHRC

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UN Human Rights Council vote on the resolution...

UN Human Rights Council vote on the resolution. Green represents support, blue represents opposition, brown means abstain, and tan means absent. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Germany told Israel to expect “severe diplomatic damage” should it fail to attend a periodic human rights review Tuesday, Haaretz reports. Israel severed ties with the UNHRC in March 2012 after it expressed concern over Israeli settlements.

“On Friday, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle sent a  personal letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, warning  that Israel’s failure to attend the Geneva-based Human Rights  Council‘s Universal Periodic Review would cause the country  severe diplomatic damage and Israel’s allies around the world  would be hard-pressed to help it,” Haaretz newspaper reported  Sunday.  
  On October 29, an Israel review is scheduled in Geneva as part of  the wider 17th UNHRC session lasting from October 21 to November  1.  
  The sessions are intended to allow states to “declare what  actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in  their countries,” according to the UNHRC, in addition to the  review.


Written by voiceoftruthusa

October 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm

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