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Friday, September 08, 2006

Lawyers who represent themselves....

My father, who is a retired attorney, always tells me that a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client. If that saying is true, then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is a lawyer, is also a fool. (Even if it's not true, he's also a fool, but that's beside the point). Earlier this week, Olmert quietly agreed to allow a United Nations inquiry team set up in the wake of allegations of Israeli war crimes and human rights violations in the recent war to visit Israel. Olmert did so, "apparently with minimal if any consultation from legal experts."
Four UN experts will visit Israel and Lebanon to investigate alleged human rights violations committed during the Israel-Hezbollah war, the United Nations said Wednesday.

The rights experts will conduct their fact-finding mission from Sept. 7-13 and will meet with government officials and independent groups in both countries.

The four -- Walter Kaelin, Philip Alston, Paul Hunt and Miloon Kothari -- will then report their findings at a session of the UN Human Rights Council later this month. The four are experts in displaced people, extra-judicial executions, physical and mental health and housing.

"The independent human rights experts will gather firsthand information, establish facts and conduct an impartial legal analysis of the persistent allegations of violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law during the recent conflict in order to make specific recommendations to the concerned authorities," the UN human rights office in Geneva said in a statement.

The experts are appointed by the UN and report to the council, the global body's top rights watchdog, but their missions are conducted independently and their views don't necessarily represent the United Nations' views.

Their mission is separate from a three-member inquiry commission named earlier this month to investigate alleged Israeli abuses committed during the month-long war with Hizbullah after the council condemned Israel's offensive in Lebanon.
For those of you who have forgotten the UN's record on 'human rights,' you can start your research here.


At 3:26 PM, Blogger Harry said...

When this whole mess began I asked if you thought Olmert was up to doing the job. You correctly said, "no", but now he seems to have gone far beyond mere incompetence to downright self-destructive stupidity.


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