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July 30, 2018 at 1:44 pm

Alumni News | Crane Appointed to UN Commission on 2018 Protests in Occupied Palestinian Territory

OHIO alum David Crane speaks at gradatue commencement after receiving an honorary doctorate degree from Interim President David Descutner. Photo by Ben Siegel

OHIO alum David Crane speaks at gradatue commencement after receiving an honorary doctorate degree from Interim President David Descutner. Photo by Ben Siegel

Ohio University alum David Crane was appointed by the United Nation Human Rights Council to chair a three-member Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, according to a UN news announcement.

Crane earned a bachelor’s degree in History in 1972 and a master’s in African Studies in 1973. He was presented an Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree at the OHIO Graduate Commencement in 2017.

GENEVA (25 July 2018) – The President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Vojislav Šuc (Slovenia), announced today the appointment of David Michael Crane (United States), Sara Hossain (Bangladesh) and Kaari Betty Murungi (Kenya), to serve as the three members of the Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  Mr. Crane will serve as Chair of the three-person Commission.

The Council decided to urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry at its special session of 18 May 2018 “to investigate all alleged violations and abuses of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip, in the context of the military assaults on the large-scale civilian protests that began on 30 March 2018”.

David Michael Crane (United States) is an international law expert who has served over 30 years in the federal government of the United States, having held numerous key positions including Senior Inspector General in the Department of Defence. In 2006, he was appointed Professor of Practice at Syracuse University College of Law where he teaches international criminal law, international law, national security law, and the law of armed conflict. Professor Crane served as Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone from April 2002 until 15 July 2005, during which period he indicted, among others, the then-President of Liberia, Charles Taylor.  

Read m0re about the Commission of Inquiry at the UN website.

 

 

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