Gaza: UN fact finding mission wraps up second round of hearings
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United Nations, New York, 7 July 2009 - Noon briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General. The UN fact-finding mission on the recent Gaza conflict, mandated by the Human Rights Council and led by Justice richard_goldstone.htm]Richard Goldstone, wrapped up its second round of public hearings.
The purpose of this round of interviews was to hear from victims, witnesses and experts, from southern Israel and the West Bank.
During a press conference in Geneva today, Goldstone said his team had heard moving stories that were very difficult to hear. He reiterated that the purpose of the hearings was to show a human side to suffering and give a voice to the victims.
Citing legal and political impediments to war crimes trials, Goldstone said "From a practical political point of view, I wish I could be optimistic."
- Hubbard, Ben (June 9, 2009), "UN's Gaza war crimes investigation faces obstacles"
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