India on May 27 abstained on the United Nations Human Rights Council’s resolution to open an international investigation into violations surrounding the latest Gaza violence and to look into systematic abuses in the Palestinian territories and Israel.
India was joined by 13 other members, including France, Italy, Nepal and Japan who abstained. With 24 voting in favour and nine against, the resolution was adopted in Geneva. While Germany, UK and Austria were among those who voted against it.
This is the council’s first-ever open-ended commission of inquiry (COI), which UNHRC decided to create- the highest-level investigation that can be ordered by the council.
According to reports, New Delhi’s decision to abstain from voting indicates a slight shift to strike a balance between its traditionally strong support to the cause of Palestine and its growing relations with Israel.
“India abstains on resolution at UNHRC to set up Commission of Inquiry (on human rights violation in occupied Palestinian Territory incl East Jerusalem & in Israel). With 24 members voting in favour & 9 against, resolution is adopted,” said Indra Mani Pandey, Indian envoy to United Nations (Geneva), on Twitter.
According to report, the independent investigation will have a broad mandate to look into all alleged violations, not just in Gaza but also in Israel during hostilities that were halted by a ceasefire on May 21.
India has always voiced its support for the Palestinian cause.
In its statement at the UNHRC in Geneva on May 27, India said that it “welcomes diplomatic efforts of the international community and regional countries that have resulted in bringing a ceasefire between Israel and armed groups in Gaza”.