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UNITED
NATIONS
E

        Economic and Social Council
Distr.
GENERAL
E/CN.4/1996/SR.40
20 May 1996

ENGLISH
Original: FRENCH

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Fifty-second session

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 40th MEETING

Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Monday, 15 April 1996, at 3 p.m.

Chairman: Mr. VERGNE SABOIA (Brazil)

later: Mr. VASSYLENKO (Ukraine)
(Vice-Chairman)


CONTENTS

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FURTHER PROMOTION AND ENCOURAGEMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS, INCLUDING THE QUESTION OF THE PROGRAMME AND METHODS OF WORK OF THE COMMISSION:

ADVISORY SERVICES IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN RIGHTS (continued)

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This record is subject to correction. Corrections should be submitted in one of the working languages. They should be set forth in a memorandum and also incorporated in a copy of the record. They should be sent within one week of the date of this document to the Official Records Editing Section, room E.4108, Palais des Nations, Geneva. Any corrections to the records of the public meetings of the Commission at this session will be consolidated in a single corrigendum, to be issued shortly after the end of the session.



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


FURTHER PROMOTION AND ENCOURAGEMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS, INCLUDING THE QUESTION OF THE PROGRAMME AND METHODS OF WORK OF THE COMMISSION:

ADVISORY SERVICES IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN RIGHTS (agenda item 17) (continued) (E/CN.4/1996/11, 14 and Add.1, 15, 89, 90, 92, 93 and Add.1, 94, 111, 118 and Add.1, 136 and 138; E/CN.4/1996/NGO/38)

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56. Mr. MAACHOU (Arab Lawyers Union) said that the mass exodus phenomenon was worsening, as witnessed by events in Lebanon. According to the Special Rapporteurs, 3 million persons had been displaced in the territory of the former Yugoslavia. In Liberia, 1.5 million persons had been forced to move and 800,000 had fled to neighbouring countries. In Sudan, the number of displaced persons had increased constantly in 1995, while the number of refugees in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia had also risen sharply. Displaced persons in Burundi represented 10 per cent of the total population. Such mass exoduses were due in most cases to internal conflicts. Most of the displaced persons were women with young children. Such exoduses were also due at times to deliberate measures, as in the occupied Arab territories, to internal movements, as in Sudan, or to forced expulsions, as in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

57. As far as the occupied Arab territories were concerned, the latest report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories (A/50/463) condemned the forced evictions for the purpose of establishing and extending settlements. Despite the agreements reached between the PLO and Israel and in violation of the principles of international law and the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, the occupying authorities were pursuing their policy of colonization and annexation, in particular in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Not only were they not granting the Palestinian people its right of return, but they were threatening to expel and banish Palestinians currently living in the territories still under occupation. The international community was entitled, however, to expect that the peace process would result in the cessation of certain practices that undermined human rights.

58. United Nations decisions concerning the complete evacuation by Israel of the occupied Palestinian territories and other Arab territories in the Golan Heights and southern Lebanon, as well as the resolution on the right of return and right to self-determination of the Palestinian people, should be implemented. The Arab Lawyers Union stressed the need for enforcement of the rules of international law that prohibited all practices undermining human rights.

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The meeting rose at 6 p.m.

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