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Amal Alamuddin named to UN Gaza inquiry team
Published Monday 11/08/2014 (updated) 13/08/2014 11:57
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Lawyer Amal Alamuddin is pictured during a press conference in
London on Nov. 5, 2012 (AFP/File Justin Tallis)
GENEVA (AFP) -- Hollywood star George Clooney's fiancee Amal Alamuddin is to join fellow human rights experts probing Israel's Gaza offensive, the United Nations said Monday.

The Lebanese-born British lawyer was one of three top experts appointed to a commission of inquiry by the UN Human Rights Council, which ordered the investigation last month.

The other members of the inquiry team are Doudou Diene of Senegal, who has previously served as the UN's watchdog on racism and on post-conflict Ivory Coast, and Canadian international lawyer William Schabas.

In the face of fierce opposition from Israel and the United States, the 47-member UN Human Rights Council voted on July 23 to create the commission of inquiry.

The decision came after a marathon seven-hour emergency session of the top UN human rights body, where the Israelis and the Palestinians traded accusations over war crimes.

The probe team has been tasked with reporting back to the council by March.

Alamuddin's family, who are from Lebanon's Druze community, fled to Britain during the country's 1975-1990 civil war.

The 36-year-old, who is fluent in Arabic, French and English, studied at a French school in London and holds degrees from Oxford and New York University.

Alamuddin is no stranger to international investigations and conflicts.

She worked with the international tribunal examining the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri and assisted ex-UN head Kofi Annan in efforts to make peace in Syria.

Among her legal clients have been Ukraine's former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the controversial founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange.
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1 ) Dolan Delve / Wales
11/08/2014 21:47
H About time! But how can Israel & USA oppose enquiry when they are Complicit in the SLAUGHTER of Gaza? UN Veto ABUSE needs to END! Dispicable claims of DEFENCE for GENOCIDE of IMPRISONED PEOPLE! On going daily atrocities & Slaughter 3 times in 6 years on Gaza!! Please see how 'Moral' IDF really are! In #Gaza a new Auschwitz. An Australian documentary film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqL048x4msM#t=409 … Israel a "democtatic" state? Thank you

2 ) David / USA
11/08/2014 22:38
You mean "Gaza's offensive," don't you? Considering that Hamas has been firing rockets into Israel for a decade, one can only hope that Amal is honest enough to ask Hamas, "Why the f--k have you been attacking Israel all this time? Why did you put all of Gaza at risk?" If she can't ask those glaring questions, she has no right to participate. If she just sings the Hamas tune (after all, she is Muslim), then we know she's just another manner of stealth jihad. Has she asked ISIS why they kill?

3 ) David / USA
12/08/2014 00:19
Is this the very same Human Rights Commission that has DONE NOTHING to protest and protect the 170,000 Syrians murdered by Assad and the jihadist factions? The same commission that did NOTHING to retrieve the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram and sold them in to sex jihad/slavery? But NOW, when JEWS are involved, the UN rushes to 'investigate.' Respectable people have a word for this sort of 'investigation'- that word is 'horse shit.'

4 ) Jafar M. Ramini / UK.
12/08/2014 10:43
Trust a Zionist to come on and spew venom and propaganda. Talk of shooting the messenger. Nothing new here, this is their stock in trade. When you don't have logic or a valid point of view of your own just rubbish the others' ideas, demonize the person/organization and divert attention from the core issue onto other irrelevant events. Davids' logic is: If you don't criticize other massacres and acts of genocide somewhere else, why single out Israel? A clear admission of guilt in my book.

5 ) Randi / NJ
12/08/2014 12:20
inquiry schminquiry.been there done that. the real question is whether anyone can break the cycle at which point the killing and bombing can stop. I'm doing what I can but these sorts of things only appease the masses not save the masses. it's functional of course. so had to be done but should hae been not necessary

6 ) Rami / Palestine
12/08/2014 13:13
Other news outlets are reporting that she declined to join the committee.

7 ) Carlos / Palestine
12/08/2014 15:01
This is the same Amal Alamuddin who was\is a member of the Special Tribunal on Lebanon (STL) that refused leaked video footage of the former US ambassador Jeffrey Feltman coaching and even negotiating the fee with one of the STL's fake witnesses to the assassination of Rafiq Hariri. >yawn<

8 ) The woman has only 4 / years experience as a lawyer
13/08/2014 09:05
how can you appoint such inexperienced lawyer to such comittee???? joke
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