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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR)
31 May 2010
Human Rights Council opens fourteenth regular session
High Commissioner for Human Rights Addresses the Meeting
The Human Rights Council this morning opened its fourteenth regular session, hearing a statement from United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who updated the Council on the work of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Ms. Pillay said she was concerned about the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. In the Gaza Strip, the blockade kept undermining human rights on a daily basis. The current situation fell far short of what was necessary for the population to lead normal and dignified lives. She also condemned once again the indiscriminate firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel. Ms. Pillay said she was shocked by reports that humanitarian aid was met with violence early this morning, reportedly causing death and injury as the boat convoy approached the Gaza coast.