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Source: Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR)
Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP)
28 February 1994



January/February 1994


Volume XVII, Bulletin Nos. 1/2




Contents



Page
I.
    Election for 1994 of officers of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People: statement by the Secretary-General.
1
II.
    Action taken by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People
2
III.
    Secretary-General condemns "despicable act of violence by Israeli settler", appeals for calm on part of all concerned
2
IV.
    President of General Assembly expresses shock at Hebron massacre, says murderous violence must be unreservedly condemned
3
V.
    Commission on Human Rights reviews preliminary report of Special Rapporteur; adopts five resolutions relating to the question of Palestine: receives other information on Palestinian human rights issues
2
VI.
    UNRWA expresses shock over killings and injuries in West Bank mosque
10
VII.
    President of the Sixth Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of the Islamic Conference issues statement: Statement adopted by member States of the OIC in New York
11
VIII.
    League of Arab States adopts resolution at its emergency meeting on 27 February concerning the Hebron massacre
12
IX.
    European Union issues declaration on the events in Hebron
13
X.
    Organization of African Unity adopts resolutions on the situation in the Middle East and on the question of Palestine: issues statement on the Hebron massacre
13
XI.
    Excerpts from communiqué of the Committee on Palestine of the Non-Aligned Movement
16
XII.
    Member States issue statements on the Hebron massacre
17
XIII.
    New book on "Israeli-Palestinian dialogue" published by the Department of Public Information
17
XIV.
    Non-governmental organizations: activities and information
17




I. ELECTION FOR 1994 OF OFFICERS OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE EXERCISE
OF THE INALIENABLE RIGHTS OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE:
STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL


On 27 January 1994, the Committee unanimously elected H.E. Mr. Kéba Birane Cissé (Senegal) as Chairman, H.E. Mr. Fernando Ramirez de Estenoz Barciela (Cuba) and H.E. Mr. Ravan A.G. Farhadi (Afghanistan) as Vice-Chairmen and Mr. Joseph Cassar (Malta) as Rapporteur.

After congratulating the Chairman and other members of the Bureau on their re-election, the Secretary-General made the following statement (see SG/SM/5213/ - GA/PAL/646):
II. ACTION TAKEN BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE EXERCISE OF THE
INALIENABLE RIGHTS OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE


On 25 January 1994, the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People wrote the following letter to the Secretary-General (A/48/883 -S/1994/220):
III. SECRETARY-GENERAL CONDEMNS "DESPICABLE ACT OF VIOLENCE BY
ISRAELI SETTLER", APPEALS FOR CALM ON PART OF ALL CONCERNED


On 25 February 1994, the following statement was issued by the Spokesman for the Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali (See SG/SM/5232):
On 28 February 1994, the following statement was issued by the Spokesman for the Secretary-General (See SG/SM/5234):
IV. PRESIDENT OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY EXPRESSES SHOCK AT HEBRON MASSACRE,
SAYS MURDEROUS VIOLENCE MUST BE UNRESERVEDLY CONDEMNED


On 25 February 1994, the following statement was issued by the President of the General Assembly, Mr. S.R. Insanally (Guyana) (See GA/8651):
V. COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEWS PRELIMINARY REPORT
OF SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR: ADOPTS FIVE RESOLUTIONS RELATING
TO THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE: RECEIVES OTHER INFORMATION
ON PALESTINIAN HUMAN RIGHTS


The Commission on Human Rights began its fiftieth session at Geneva on 31 January 1994. On the second day, a statement was made by Mr. Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the PLO. The Commission considered the question of Palestine under items 4 and 9 of its agenda, entitled respectively "Question of the violation of human rights in the occupied territories, including Palestine" and "The right of peoples to self-determination and its application to peoples under colonial or alien domination or foreign occupation".

Under item 4, the Commission heard a report by the Special Rapporteur, Mr. Rene Felber, appointed under Commission resolution 1993/2 A of 19 February 1993. The Rapporteur, who had paid an unprecedented visit to Israel and the occupied territories in January 1994, submitted the following preliminary conclusions in his report (E/CN.4/1994/14);
On 18 February, the Commission adopted the following resolutions under item 4:

1994/1. Israeli settlements in the occupied Arab territories

1994/2. Human rights in the occupied Syrian Golan

1994/3. Question of the violation of human rights in the
occupied Arab territories, including Palestine


A

"The Commission on Human Rights,

"Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, as well as by the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

"Guided also by the provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,

"Taking into consideration the provisions of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of l2 August 1949, and the provisions of Additional Protocol I thereto, and the Hague Convention IV of 1907, as well as the principles of international law affirmed by the General Assembly in its resolutions 3 (I) of l3 February 1946, 95 (I) of ll December 1946, 260 A (III) of 9 December 1948 and 239l (XXIII) of 26 November 1968,

"Recalling the relevant Security Council resolutions,

"Recalling also the General Assembly resolutions on Israeli violations of human rights in occupied Palestine, since 1967 and until now,

"Recalling further the provisions of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights,

"Taking note with appreciation of the report of the Special Rapporteur, Mr. Rene Felber, regarding his mission undertaken in accordance with commission resolution 1993/2 A of 19 February 1993 (E/CN.4/1994/l4),

"Taking note also of the reports of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories submitted to the General Assembly since 1968,

"Noting with great concern the continued Israeli refusal to abide by the resolutions of the Security Council, the General Assembly and the Commission on Human Rights,

"Welcoming the signing of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements by the Government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization on l3 September 1993, whereby violations of human rights will end through the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from the occupied Palestinian territories,

"Recalling all its previous resolutions on the subject,

"l. Deeply regrets the continued violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory since the signing of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements by the Government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organizations on l3 September 1993;

"2. Condemns the continued violations of the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel with military force, including Jerusalem, and, in particular, the opening of fire by the Israeli army and settlers on Palestinian civilians that results in killing and wounding them, the imposition of restrictive economic measures, the demolition of houses, the expropriation of houses, collective punishment, arbitrary and administrative detention of thousands of Palestinians without trial; the confiscation of property of Palestinians; the expropriation of land; the prevention of travel; the closure of universities and schools; the perpetration of crimes of torture in Israeli prisons and detention centres; and the establishment of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory;

"3. Calls once more upon Israel, the occupying Power, to desist from all forms of violation of human rights in the Palestinian and other occupied Arab territories and to respect the bases of international law, the principles of international humanitarian law, and its commitments to the provisions of the Charter and resolutions of the United Nations;

"4. Also calls upon Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and the other occupied Arab territories in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations and the Commission on Human Rights;

"5. Requests the Secretary-General to bring the present resolution to the attention of the Government of Israel and all other Governments, the competent United Nations organs, the specialized agencies, regional intergovernmental organizations and international humanitarian organizations, to disseminate it on the widest possible scale, and to report on its implementation by the Government of Israel to the Commission of Human Rights at its fifty-first session;

"6. Also requests the Secretary-General to provide the Commission on Human Rights with all United Nations reports issued between sessions of the Commission that deal with the conditions in which the citizens of the Palestinian and other occupied Arab territories are living under the Israeli occupation;

"7. Decides to consider the question at its fifty-first session as a matter of priority."

B

"The Commission on Human Rights,

"Recalling Security Council resolutions related to the applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the Palestinian and other occupied Arab territories, which call for Israel's commitment to them,

"Recalling all relevant General Assembly resolutions on the applicability to the occupied Palestinian territory of the Convention which urge Israel's commitment to and respect for their provisions,

"Recalling also the decisions of the International Conference of the Red Cross, and the International Conference for the Protection of War Victims (Geneva, 30 August-1 September 1993) in respect of the application of the Convention in all circumstances and the statements of the International Committee of the Red Cross, which condemn the continuous serious violations by Israel of the provisions of the Convention and its refusal to apply those provisions in the occupied territories,

"Recalling further the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action adopted by the World Conference of Human Rights,

"Taking into account that States parties to the Convention undertake, in accordance with article 1 thereof, to respect, and ensure respect for, the Convention in all circumstances,

"Recalling all its previous resolutions on the subject,

"1. Reaffirms that the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, is applicable to the Palestinian and all other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem, and that Israel's long-standing refusal to apply the Convention to those territories had led to the perpetration by the Israeli authorities of grave violations of human rights against Palestinian citizens, and calls upon Israel to comply with its international commitments, to respect the Convention and to apply it in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem;

"2. Urges once more all States parties to the Convention to make every effort to ensure the Israeli occupation authorities' respect for and compliance with the provisions of the Convention in the Palestinian and all other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem, and to undertake the necessary practical measures to ensure the provision of international protection for the Palestinian people under occupation, in accordance with the provisions of article 1 and other relevant articles of the Convention;

"3. Strongly condemns once more the refusal of Israel to apply the Convention to Palestine and the Arab territories occupied since 1967 and to their inhabitants, Israel's policies of perpetrating crimes of torture against Palestinian detainees and prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention camps and its continued deliberate disregard for the provisions of the Convention, in contravention of resolutions of the Security Council, the General Assembly and the Commission on Human Rights;

"4. Calls upon Israel to allow those who have been deported since 1967 to return to their homeland without delay in implementation of the resolutions of the Security Council, the General Assembly and the Commission on Human Rights;

"5. Requests the Secretary-General to bring the present resolution to the attention of the Government of Israel and all other Governments, the competent United Nations organs, the specialized agencies, regional intergovernmental organizations, international humanitarian organizations and non-governmental organizations, and to report on progress in its implementation by the Government of Israel to the Commission on Human Rights at its fifty-first session;

"6. Decides to consider the question at its fifty-first session as a matter of high priority."


The Commission also adopted the following resolutions under item 9:

1994/4. Middle East Peace Process

1994/5. Situation in occupied Palestine

The Commission on Human Rights also had before it information on various aspects of the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territories collected within the framework of other special procedures and items on its agenda, namely:
The following press release was issued by the Commission on Human Rights on 25 February 1994 (see HR/CN/538):
VI. UNRWA EXPRESSES SHOCK OVER KILLINGS AND INJURIES IN WEST BANK MOSQUE


The following press release was issued by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) on 25 February 1994 (See PAL/111):
VII. PRESIDENT OF THE SIXTH SUMMIT HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT OF THE
ORGANIZATION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE ISSUE STATEMENT:
STATEMENT ADOPTED BY THE MEMBER STATES OF THE OIC IN NEW YORK


The following text was issued by the office of H.E. Mr. Abdou Diouf, President of the Sixth Islamic Conference on 25 February 1994 (See A/48/890 - S/1994/242):
The following text was issued by the office of the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations and Chairman of the OIC Group in New York on 25 February 1994 (See S/1994/223):
VIII. LEAGUE OF ARAB STATES ADOPTS RESOLUTION AT ITS EMERGENCY
MEETING ON 27 FEBRUARY CONCERNING THE HEBRON MASSACRE


The following text was submitted by H.E. Nabil A. Elaraby, Chairman of the Arab Group, on 28 February 1995 (See S/1994/233):

"The Israeli massacre of Palestinians
in the Ibrahimi Mosque

IX. EUROPEAN UNION ISSUES DECLARATION ON THE EVENTS IN HEBRON


The following text was issued by the Permanent Representative of Greece on behalf of the European Union on 28 February 1994 (See A/48/886 - S/1994/231):
X. ORGANIZATION OF AFRICAN UNITY ADOPTS RESOLUTIONS
ON THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND ON THE
QUESTION OF PALESTINE: ISSUES STATEMENT ON THE HEBRON MASSACRE


At its fifty-ninth ordinary session held at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 31 January to 4 February 1994, the Council of Ministers of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) adopted the following resolutions [See CM/Res. 1491 and 1492 (LIX)]:

Resolution on the situation in the Middle East

Resolution on the question of Palestine

The following statement was issued by the Executive Secretariat of the Organization of African Unity to the United Nations on 3 March 1994 (See NY/OAU/BUR/58/94):
XI. EXCERPTS FROM COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE COMMITTEE ON PALESTINE
OF THE NON-ALIGNED MOVEMENT


On 1 March 1994, the following text was issued by the Permanent Representative of Indonesia on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement (See S/1994/239):
XII. MEMBER STATES ISSUE STATEMENTS ON THE HEBRON MASSACRE


Statements were issued by the following Member States:

· Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia (A/48/887 - S/1994/237);

· Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brunei Darrussalam (A/48/894 - S/1994/256);

· Ministry of External Affairs of India (A/48/888 - S/1994/238);

· Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Jordan (A/48/885 - S/1994/214);

· Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs of Kuwait (S/1994/229);

· Minister for Foreign Affairs of Malaysia (A/48/892 - S/1994/247)

· President F. Ramos of the Philippines (press release issued by the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations);

· Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan (S/1994/244);

· President Clinton of the United States of America (press release issued on 25 February 1994 by the United States Mission to the United Nations).




XIII. NEW BOOK ON "ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN DIALOGUE"
PUBLISHED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INFORMATION


The Department of Public Information (DPI), on 10 February 1994, announced the publication of Jerusalem, Visions of Reconciliation: an Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue, a 160-page book representing the proceedings of the encounter for Greek journalists on the question of Palestine organized by the Department, with the support of the Greek Government, in Athens last April.

The book (Sales No. E.94.1.3) covers the debate that took place at the encounter on the question of Jerusalem, past, present and future. The discussion maps out the issues which Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will have to contend with when the city's status comes to the forefront of the Middle East peace process and the international community's concern. The publication provides a wide-ranging view of the possible options for Jerusalem's future (see bulletin of April 1993 (Volume XVI, Bulletin No.4) for a report on the encounter).




XIV. NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION


A. Preparatory meetings for the Eleventh United Nations
North American NGO Symposium on the Question of Palestine
and the Eighth European Regional NGO Symposium and
Eleventh International NGO Meeting
on the Question of Palestine


Two preparatory meetings were held for upcoming NGO symposia and the International NGO Meeting: one held in New York on 31 January to 1 February 1994 for the Eleventh North American NGO Symposium on the Question of Palestine tentatively scheduled for 29 June to 1 July 1994, and one held at Geneva on 21 to 22 February 1994, for the Eighth European Regional NGO Symposium and the Eleventh International NGO Meeting on the Question of Palestine, scheduled for 29 August to 1 September 1994.

The North American Preparatory Meeting, held in New York, was attended by 12 members of the North American Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine (NACC). In addition to the preparation of the symposium the discussion focused on the future cooperation between the Committee on Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the NGOs in the light of the new developments.

The meeting of consultation with the European and International Coordinating Committees for NGOs on the Question of Palestine, which was held at Geneva, was attended by 22 members of the International Coordinating Committee and five members of the European Coordinating Committee. Discussions were held on future action and cooperation between the two coordinating committees of NGOs, the Committee and the United Nations Secretariat, as well as on the proposed provisional programme for the European Symposium and the International meeting.

The report on the two preparatory meetings will be submitted for approval to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People at a forthcoming plenary meeting. Information on the agendas and other details on the future NGO events will be given in the next issue of the bulletin.

B. Information received from NGOs


1. Middle East International, a biweekly publication available from P.O. Box 53365, Temple Heights Station, Washington, D.C. 20009, United States of America. (Issues on hand: January 7, No. 466; January 21, No. 467; February 4, No. 468; and February 18, No. 469). These publications present a comprehensive coverage of various issues in Middle Eastern affairs including the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, the occupied territories, Israeli domestic politics, and news from other countries in the Middle East as well as the international community.

2. News From Within, newsletter of the Alternative Information Centre, P.O. Box 31417, Jerusalem. Volume X, No. 1 features articles on the seventh year of the intifadah, including interviews with Palestinian academicians.

3. The Other Front, weekly bulletin on developments in Israeli society, available from: The Alternative Information Centre, P.O. Box 24278, Jerusalem. (Issues on hand: January 5, No. 254; January 12, No. 255; January 19, No. 256; January 26, No. 257; February 1, No. 258; and February 9, No. 259). These issues cover topics on settlements, workers in Israel, as well as the peace process.

4. Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs, February/March 1994, Vol. xii, No. 6. This monthly publication is available from the American Educational Trust, P.O. Box 53062, Washington, D.C. 20009, Fax (202) 232 6754, United States of America.

5. The Other Israel, newsletter of the Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, available from: P.O. Box 2542, Holon, Israel 58125. The publication covers activities of the various peace movements.

6. "Palestinian Victims of Torture Speak Out - Thirteen Accounts of Torture during Interrogation in Israeli Prisons". This report is available from Al-Haq, Ramallah, West Bank, P.O. Box 1413, Tel. 02-956-421, Israel. Al-Haq fieldworkers documented 234 cases of torture through affidavits from victims. Three affidavits were edited for this report.

7. "An Illusion of Legality: A Legal Analysis of Israel's Mass Deportation of Palestinians on 17 December 1992", Occasional Paper No. 9. This report is available from Al-Haq (see above for address). The report analyses the human rights implications of the mass deportation, including the position of the Israeli Supreme Court, from the point of view of respect for the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

8. "An Ailing System: Israeli Military Government Health Insurance in the Occupied Palestinian Territories", a study which is available from Al-Haq (see above for address). The study summarizes the poor health conditions and deteriorating health services that exist in the Occupied Territories and analyses the system of Israeli military government health insurance offered to Palestinians living there.

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