Gaza: European Parliament calls for an immediate de-escalation of violence

In the resolution adopted on April 19, 2018, the European Parliament calls overwhelmingly for an "immediate and unconditional end to the blockade and closure of the Gaza Strip" and for an immediate end to the violence perpetrated against all protesters and respect the human rights of detainees and prisoners.

FIDH, in a joint statement published on April 13, 2018, called on the European Union to urge Israel to refrain from using lethal or excessive force against unarmed protesters, already resulting in the unlawful killings and injury of around 2,000 Palestinians. The European Parliament adds its voice to a string of condemnations already issued by several United Nations human rights experts, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, who also recalled that the use of lethal force against unarmed demonstrators is strictly prohibited by international law.

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