6 April 2013
Four human rights organisations based in the Gaza Strip, along with the Palestinian NGO Network, have issued a letter to Mr Robert H.
Serry, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, expressing concern at a number of recent statements he has made.
Al Dameer Association for Human Rights, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), and the Palestinian NGO Network issued the letter on 6 April 2013.
On 25 March 2013, Mr Serry delivered a brief to the United Nations Security Council, in which he discussed, inter alia, the recent decision by Israel to again reduce the fishing zone available to Gaza fishermen to 3 nautical miles.
On 3 April 2013, Mr Serry issued a statement, in which he condemned the indiscriminate firing of rockets into civilian areas by Palestinians but failed to condemn Israeli airstrikes, merely asking Israel to “act with restraint”.
The organisations are deeply concerned by Mr Serry’s failure to condemn Israeli violations of the ceasefire agreement, as well as the harsh punitive measures taken by the Israeli authorities against the people of the Gaza Strip.
The text of the letter sent to Mr Serry is below.