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President of Human Rights Council appoints Christine Chinkin to serve on high-level fact-finding mission

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The president of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Luis Alfonso De Alba, has appointed Christine Chinkin, professor of international law at LSE, as a member of the high-level fact-finding mission in connection with the Israeli military operations in Beit Hanoun (northern Gaza Strip) on 8 November that resulted in the deaths of at least 18 civilians.

Professor Chinkin will join Desmond Mpilo Tutu, former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town and recipient of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, whose appointment to lead the mission was announced last week. The two hope to depart for the region this weekend to carry out their mission, which includes, among other things, to assess the situation of victims, address the needs of survivors, and make recommendations on ways and means to protect Palestinian civilians against further Israeli assaults.

Currently a professor of international law at LSE and a faculty member of the University of Michigan Law School, Ms. Chinkin has devoted much of her distinguished career to the law of treaties and human rights, with a particular emphasis on the protection of women's rights and international dispute resolution. Among other tasks, she has served as a consultant to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on human trafficking.

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British Professor Joins UN Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Killings (8 Dec 06)
The United Nations Human Rights Council announced today that it has appointed a second member of its high-level fact-finding mission to Beit Hanoun. The legal professor Christine Chinkin, professor of international law at LSE, will join Desmond Tutu on the mission, which is scheduled to head to the region this weekend.

7 December 2006

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