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        General Assembly
7 February 2012

Original: English

Sixty-sixth session
Official Records

Third Committee

Summary record of the 39th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Wednesday, 2 November 2011, at 10 a.m.

Chair: Mr. Haniff ................................................................................. (Malaysia)
later: Ms. Critchlow (Vice-Chair) ......................................................... (Guyana)


Agenda item 64: Report of the Human Rights Council (A/66/53 and A/66/335)

1. Ms. Dupuy Lasserre (President, Human Rights Council), introducing the report of the Human Rights Council on its sixteenth and seventeenth sessions and fourteenth to seventeenth special sessions (A/66/53), said that 2011 marked the fifth year since the establishment of the Human Rights Council. The Council had conducted a review of its functioning, and the report on its outcome had been adopted by the General Assembly.


11. Ms. Rasheed (Observer for Palestine), recalling the suffering inflicted on the Palestinian people and damage to infrastructure as a result of the war waged on Gaza by the Israeli occupying forces in 2008 as well as the continuing blockade, asked what steps United Nations bodies such as the General Assembly, Human Rights Council, Secretary-General, or the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights could take to ensure that the perpetrators of those crimes, including war crimes, were brought to justice and the recommendations from the report of the fact-finding mission on the Gaza conflict were fully implemented given the difficulties the Security Council had been facing in discussing and taking action on that issue.


31. Ms. Simovich (Israel) expressed her Government’s satisfaction with the Council’s response to grave human rights violations, such as the ongoing killing of civilians in the Syrian Arab Republic and the serious situations in Libya and Côte d’Ivoire. She asked what the Council could do to stop the ongoing deadly rocket attacks by Palestinians against Israel from Gaza.


32. Ms. Dupuy Lasserre (President, Human Rights Council), ...


33. With respect to the Council’s recommendations on the Gaza conflict, it was up to the Council and the delegations most directly involved to take action. The Council had submitted relevant recommendations to the General Assembly, and a number of other initiatives were in place within the United Nations to ensure accountability with respect to allegations of human rights violations.


43. Ms. Critchlow (Vice-Chair), took the Chair.

44. Ms. Alsaleh (Syrian Arab Republic) said that her delegation wished to hear the President’s views on human rights violations in some developed countries. It was mystifying that the Israeli representative, whose remarks had consisted of lies, had neglected to mention that since its establishment, the Human Rights Council had held countless meetings and special sessions to address Israel’s slaughter of Arab peoples. Despite the adoption by several United Nations bodies of tens of resolutions condemning the Israeli occupation, Israel persistently refused to abide by them and implement its commitments under international humanitarian and human rights law. As long as Israel continued to occupy Arab lands and commit sadistic violations of human rights, it had no moral standing to judge any human rights situation in the world.


63. Mr. Siahaan (Indonesia) ...


65. Indonesia remained deeply concerned by the continuing violations of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. His Government continued to support the Palestinian struggle and called on the occupying Power to comply fully with the recommendations contained in the Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict. He hoped that the Council would continue to strengthen the capacity of Member States to comply with their human rights obligations, based on the principles of cooperation and genuine dialogue.


69. Ms. Alsaleh (Syrian Arab Republic) said that her country supported the promotion of all human rights on an equal footing and without the politicization and double standards that led to squandered efforts within United Nations human rights mechanisms. Human rights violations in the occupied Syrian Golan and the Occupied Palestinian Territory were among the most important matters addressed in the report of the Human Rights Council. Over four decades since the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan, and despite the demands by the Council that Israel should implement all relevant resolutions, it continued to obstruct the work of United Nations fact-finding teams, while Israelis guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity continued to boast openly of their crimes, committed with impunity.


The meeting rose at 12.55 p.m.

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