World Bulletin / News Desk
Israel boycotted a U.N. human rights forum on Tuesday where it was due to have its crimes reviewed, setting a precedent that concerns rights activists and many Western nations.
The president of the Human Rights Council, Poland's ambassador Remigiusz Henczel, noted the absence of the Israeli delegation and ordered the meeting suspended briefly to decide how to proceed.
He called it "an important issue and unprecedented situation", inviting comment by the council's 47 members as well as observer states.
Israel is expected to face criticism for its war crimes against the Palestinian territories.
The record of the Jewish state was due to be examined by the 47-member state forum as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, the council's scrutiny of all U.N. member states.
Israel's last review was in December 2008, when it attended.Last Mod: 29 Ocak 2013, 17:00