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22 March 2004

ACTING HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNED OVER "TARGETED ASSASSINATION" IN GAZA


Acting United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan expressed deep concern over Israel's continued use of assassination in the occupied Palestinian territory, following the killing of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and a number of Palestinians in Gaza City today.

"There is no doubt that Israel has a right to defend itself", Mr. Ramcharan said. "However, this must be done within the rule of law. Using targeted killings raises serious questions of legality and proportionality, and is likely to make more difficult efforts to move towards peace, as well as risking further undermining respect for human rights of Palestinians and Israelis".

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