Foreign Ministry summons Mexican envoy over UNHRC vote

Mexico’s Ambassador to Israel Pablo Macedo is summoned to the Foreign Ministry for a “clarification” after Mexico voted last week to back the establishment of an open-ended UN Human Rights Council probe of Israel.

Israel previously summoned the Philippine ambassador over the issue.

The 24-9 vote last week, with 14 abstentions, called for the creation of a permanent “Commission of Inquiry” — the most potent tool at the council’s disposal — to monitor and report on rights violations in Israel, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. It would be the first such COI with an “ongoing” mandate.

China and Russia were among those voting in favor. Several Western and African countries voted no, among them Austria, the UK, Germany, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. Israel thanked the countries that opposed what it called a “scandalous decision.” Many others abstained, including France, Italy, Japan, Poland, Brazil and the Netherlands.

The UN Human Rights Council during a session with the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip on June 29, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. (UN photo)
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