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REPORT ON THE TWENTY-SECOND, TWENTY-THIRD
AND TWENTY-FOURTH SESSIONS
(25 April-12 May 2000, 14 August-1 September 2000, 13 November-1 December 2000)
Follow-up to the Committee’s consideration of reports
under articles 16 and 17 of the Covenant
577. In the light of all the circumstances, its concluding observations and the current crisis in Israel and the occupied territories, the Committee resolved at its twenty-fourth session to consider the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory at its twenty-fifth session, with a view to assisting the State party conform to its obligations under the Covenant. Accordingly, the Committee urged Israel to submit by 1 March 2001 up-to-date information on economic, social and cultural rights in the occupied Palestinian territory. This information should give particular attention to the issues concerning the occupied Palestinian territory that were identified in the concluding observations, as well as those mentioned in the Committee’s letter. The Committee decided to consider the additional information, and any other reliable material with which it is provided, on 4 May 2001. The Committee invited the State party to participate in this discussion.
Letter dated 1 December 2000 from the Chairperson of the Committee
on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights addressed to Mr. Yaakov Levy,
Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations Office and
the Specialized Agencies in Geneva
The Committee reminds the State party, however, that the concluding observations requested the submission of additional information in time for the Committee’s twenty-fourth session (13 November to 1 December 2000). Further, the Committee wishes to emphasize that some of the additional information, especially the material concerning the occupied territories, was requested “in order to complete the State party’s initial report and thereby ensure full compliance with its reporting obligations” (para. 258). Given the current crisis in Israel and the occupied territories, it is particularly unfortunate that Israel did not provide the additional information by the time requested.
In this regard, the Committee notes the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on her recent visit to the region (8-16 November 2000) (E/CN.4/2001/114) and is deeply concerned by accounts that Israel’s recent actions in the occupied territories in violation of the international humanitarian law, have also resulted in the widespread and gross violations of Palestinians’ economic, social and cultural rights.
Among the reports that are of grave concern to the Committee, the following are highlighted:
Accordingly, the Committee urges Israel to submit up-to-date information on economic, social and cultural rights in the occupied territories by 1 March 2001. This information should give particular attention to the issues concerning the occupied territories that were identified in the concluding observations, as well as those mentioned in this letter. The Committee will consider the additional information, and any other reliable material with which it is provided, on 4 May 2001 (between 3 and 6 p.m.). The Committee invites the State party to participate in this discussion.
To avoid any doubt, the Committee confirms that Israel should also separately submit its comprehensive second periodic report no later than 31 March 2001, as indicated in the State party’s recent note verbale. The meeting on the afternoon of 4 May 2001, however, will focus on economic, social and cultural rights in the occupied territories.
In the meantime, the Committee urges Israel to comply fully with its obligations under the Covenant and looks forward to engaging in a constructive dialogue with the State party at its twenty-fifth session.