UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Esteemed Commissioner Pillay,
I wish to call your attention to egregious violations of human rights in
The United Nations has maintained an incessant barrage of complaints regarding alleged Israeli violations of human rights in
A part of this sum was used to finance a grotesque and barbaric public humiliation of the hostage (or "Prisoner of War") Gilad Schalit. The allegedly starving people of
Hamas treatment of Schalit has violated very norm of human decency as well as conventions regarding prisoners of war. No agency of the United Nations has done anything to secure his release or his treatment according to the
Under the terms of the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War please note the following:
....To this end the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons:
...(c) Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment;
Prisoners of war shall be allowed to send and receive letters and cards...
Prisoners of war shall be allowed to receive by post or by any other means individual parcels or collective shipments containing, in particular, foodstuffs, clothing, medical supplies and articles of a religious, educational or recreational character which may meet their needs, including books, devotional articles, scientific equipment, examination papers, musical instruments, sports outfits and materials allowing prisoners of war to pursue their studies or their cultural activities.
Given that the UN has taken great pains to ensure the welfare of the Hamas regime in
Could you kindly explain why the United Nations has done nothing whatever to ensure the enforcement of these provisions of the Geneva Convention in the case of Gilad Shalit? Why has the United Nations done nothing to bring about cessation of bombardment of Israeli civilians as well as outrages committed by Hamas against its own subject population, including persecution of Christians and political opponents?
Doesn't it behoove the United Nations to maintain at least the verisimilitude of fairness in the handling of human rights issues?
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10,
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