After reports come out saying Alamuddin is to be nominated to join the UN Commission of Inquiry for Gaza, which will look into possible violations of the rules of war in Gaza, the human rights lawyer releases a statement saying she cannot accept due to other commitments:
There are various reports published today stating that I have been appointed as one of three members of the UN Commission of Inquiry for Gaza. I am horrified by the situation in the occupied Gaza Strip, particularly the civilian casualties that have been caused, and strongly believe that there should be an independent investigation and accountability for crimes that have been committed…I was contacted by the UN about this for the first time this morning. I am honoured to have received the offer, but given existing commitments — including eight ongoing cases — unfortunately could not accept this role. I wish my colleagues who will serve on the commission courage and strength in their endeavors.
Canada’s William Schabas, an international law professor at Middlesex University, will chair the commission.