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71. Mr. Linggi (Malaysia) ...
76. While some Member States were preoccupied with the human rights situations in certain countries, they appeared almost indifferent to the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories. His delegation wished to reiterate that the issue deserved immediate attention and action by all Member States, particularly so-called human rights defenders. He had cited Palestine not out of selectivity, but due to the gravity of the long-standing problem.
79. Ms. Halabi (Syrian Arab Republic) ...
80. Despite the call by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for human rights to be respected without distinction of any kind, human rights enforcement continued to be selective and politicized. The rapid changes seen in the preceding few decades were a source of hope for some, but a source of frustration for the portion of humankind that continued to be held hostage to violence resulting from regional and international conflicts. For the Israeli occupation, apparently, development meant having one’s home destroyed, one’s land levelled and one’s trees uprooted. In the Golan, Israel imposed prohibitive taxes as high as 50 per cent on the produce of Syrian citizens, and committed acts such as the recent uprooting of one farmer’s cherry seedlings which were in direct violation of the provision of article 1 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights that a people may not be deprived of its own means of subsistence. It was time for the international community to throw off its selectivity and double standards and address foreign occupation as a source of the most flagrant human rights violations.
The meeting rose at 12.55 p.m.
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