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        General Assembly
30 October 2000

Original: Spanish

General Assembly
Fifty-fifth session
Official Records

Third Committee
Summary record of the 41st meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Monday, 30 October 2000, at 3 p.m.

Chairperson:Ms. Gittens-Joseph................................... (Trinidad and Tobago)


Agenda item 113: Right of peoples to self-determination (continued)
Agenda item 114: Human rights questions (continued)

(b) Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms (continued)

(c) Human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives (continued)

(d) Comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Vienna Declaration and Programme of action (continued)

(e) Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (continued)

The meeting was called to order at 3.15 p.m.

Agenda item 113: Right of peoples to self-determination (continued) (A/C.3/55/L.32)

Draft resolution A/C.3/55/L.32: The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination

1. Mr. Oda (Egypt) introduced draft resolution A/C.3/55/L.32 entitled “The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination” on behalf of the original sponsors and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Japan, Liechtenstein and Norway, and announced that Saint Lucia had been included on the list of original sponsors erroneously. The draft resolution reiterated the provisions of the resolution approved the previous year but some additions and amendments had been made to take into account the changing situation in the Middle East and the importance of the international community’s support for the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and the establishment of the Palestinian State in order to achieve a lasting and sustainable peace in the region. In that context, a new preambular paragraph had been added which referred to the United Nations Millennium Declaration and the fifth preambular paragraph had been amended to express the hope that there would be an immediate resumption of negotiations within the Middle East peace process on its agreed basis. He also hoped that the draft resolution would be adopted by consensus.


12. Mr. Al Saidi (Kuwait) observed that, as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights had indicated in her report (A/55/36), international cooperation for the establishment of human rights should take place within the framework of the United Nations and must be grounded in the vision set forth in the Charter. It was therefore important to strengthen the Office of the High Commissioner so that it could fulfil its task. It was a welcome development that at its fifth special session the Commission on Human Rights had called for an investigation of the human rights violations perpetrated by Israel against the Arab citizens of the occupied Arab territories, which had been the cause of some 200 deaths and thousands of injuries.


19. Ms. Krichene (Tunisia) ...


20. When the international community was confronted with grave human rights violations, it had the obligation to denounce them and to identify the perpetrator. It was time to call a halt to impunity and to provide the necessary protection to victims. The human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territories was a matter of concern to her delegation. The international community must not continue to tolerate violence against the civilian population of Palestine, in particular against women and children. Tunisia condemned the human rights violations that had occurred in the occupied Palestinian territories, and called for full implementation of the relevant resolutions and of international law, in particular the 1949 Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.


The meeting rose at 4.40 p.m.

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