UN envoy attacks Mid-East Quartet
A top UN expert has said he will urge the world body to withdraw from the Quartet of Middle East mediators unless it addresses Palestinian human rights.
John Dugard, the UN human rights envoy for the Palestinian Territories, told the BBC the US, EU, UN and Russia were failing to protect the Palestinians.
He said the UN "does itself little good by remaining a member of the Quartet".
In his role as a UN special rapporteur, Mr Dugard has been visiting the West Bank and Gaza for the past seven years.
Special rapporteurs are independent experts appointed by the UN secretary general to present reports on human rights to the organisation.
They are advisers and do not decide UN policy.
"Every time I visit, the situation seems to have worsened," he said in a BBC interview.