Statement on the Conflict in Gaza

The Scottish Human Rights Commission expresses its deep concern today at the continuing situation in Gaza.

Professor Alan Miller, Chair of the Commission, said:

“The terrible loss of life, increasing numbers of people injured and livelihoods destroyed is deeply distressing. There is a need for effective, independent human rights monitoring and an investigation into all alleged violations of human rights and humanitarian law by both sides. A ceasefire and peaceful resolution of the conflict is imperative. We urge all efforts be made by the international community, including the United Kingdom, to bring this about in keeping with international legal obligations. We welcome the Scottish Government’s offer to make specialist medical help available to civilians caught up in the conflict.”

The Commission strongly supports the efforts of our sister National Human Rights Institution, the Palestinian Independent Commission on Human Rights, to monitor and report on human rights violations in the area. We also fully endorse the call made by Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, for every alleged breach of international law to be promptly, independently, thoroughly and effectively investigated, with a view to ensuring justice and reparations for the victims.