Head of U.N. inquiry into Gaza conflict to quit over Israeli bias claim

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 02, 2015 5:06 PM

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The head of a United Nations Human Rights Commission inquiry into last summer's conflict between Israel and Gaza said he would resign following Israeli allegations of bias due to consultancy work he did for the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

Canadian academic William Schabas was appointed last August by the head of the U.N. Human Rights Council to lead a three-member group looking into alleged war crimes during Israel's military offensive in Gaza.

In a letter to the commission, a copy of which was seen by Reuters on Monday, Schabas said he will resign immediately to prevent the issue from overshadowing the preparation of the report and its findings, which are due to be published in March.

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