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Members of the United Nations Human Rights Council this week voted in favor of creating a permanent Commission of Inquiry to probe root causes of tension between Israelis and Palestinians and track rights violations in the region on an ongoing basis, despite objections from Israel and the US. Attacks from both sides appear to have targeted civilians and civilian infrastructure in violation of international laws, says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, who warns both sides could be guilty of war crimes.
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The International Civil Aviation Organization has announced it will investigate the apparent forced diversion of a passenger plane by authorities in Belarus to determine whether international law was violated. Members of the United Nations Security Council met Wednesday to discuss the incident, with representatives from Western countries condemning the move and calling for an ICAO probe.
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Members of the United Nations Security Council this week voted unanimously to extend the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq's mandate for an additional year, with the goal of providing support and advice for inclusive political dialogue and national reconciliation. The council also approved a request from Iraq to deploy a team in the country to monitor national elections in October.
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