Friday, November 06, 2009

Kenyans Side With Israel on United Nations General Assembly Vote

Kenyans side with Israel on UN vote

Africa Leader
Friday 6th November, 2009

Kenya has abstained from voting on the endorsement by the UN General Assembly of what is widely known as the Goldstone Report.

Justice Richard Goldstone, a former war crimes prosecutor at the UN war crimes tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, led an investigation of alleged war crimes by Israel and Hamas during the 2008/9 Gaza War. He produced a 574-page report which was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council, which referred it to the General Assembly.

On Tuesday night, on the eve of the debate of the report in the General Assembly, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 344-36 to reject the report.

Kenya sided with the Jewish state by abstaining from voting on the UN resolution. Regardless, the resolution was won convincingly with 118 nations voting for the report’s adoption against 18 dissenters. 43 other countries abstained from voting.

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