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BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 07 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1454

UN appoints committee to investigate Gaza war crimes: The United Nations has appointed Justice Richard Goldstone of South Africa, a director of Physicians for Human Rights, to lead an independent fact finding mission to investigate allegations of war crimes and serious human rights violations on both sides during Israel’s recent offensive in the Gaza Strip. Christine Chinkin, international law professor at the University of London, Hina Jilani, an advocate at the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and Desmond Travers, a retired Irish army colonel, will assist.

Conference calls for eradication of cervical cancer in Africa: Delegates at a conference organised by Oxford University’s Africa-Oxford Cancer Consortium and Cardiff University have issued a declaration calling for collective action to combat and prevent cervical cancer in Africa, the most …

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