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UNITED
NATIONS
E

Distr.
GENERAL
E/CN.4/2002/SR.45
18 April 2002

Original: English

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Fifty-eighth session

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 45th MEETING

Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,

on Thursday, 18 April 2002 at 10 a.m.


Chairperson: Mr. JAKUBOWSKI (Poland)

later: Mr. LEWALTER (Germany) (Vice-Chairperson)


CONTENTS

ORGANIZATION OF THE WORK OF THE SESSION (continued)

PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS:

(a) STATUS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS

(b) HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

(c) INFORMATION AND EDUCATION

(d) SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT

INTEGRATION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND THE GENDER PERSPECTIVE:

(a) VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (continued) *

RIGHTS OF THE CHILD (continued)*

STATEMENT BY THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF BELGIUM

STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND



The meeting was called to order at 10.10 a.m.

ORGANIZATION OF THE WORK OF THE SESSION (agenda item 3) (continued ) (E/CN.4/2002/17 and 172)

[...]

INTEGRATION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND THE GENDER PERSPECTIVE:

(a) VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

(agenda item 12) (continued ) (E/CN.4/2002/80 and 81, E/CN.4/2002/82-E/CN.6/2002/6, E/CN.4/2002/83 and Add.1-3, 133, E/CN.4/2002/136-E/CN.6/2002/8 and E/CN.4/2002/173; E/CN.4/2002/NGO/2, 33, 34, 43, 60, 61, 80-83, 98, 99, 116, 119, 127, 149, 167, 201 and 202)

RIGHTS OF THE CHILD

[...]

65. Miss MAJALI (Observer for Jordan) ...

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67. With regard to the deteriorating situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, she said that it was impossible to assess the long-term psychological harm caused to Palestinian children by constant gunfire and the presence of a hostile army. Her delegation strongly condemned the gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in those territories and called on the international community to provide protection for the Palestinian people. Israel should respect and implement its international obligations including the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

[...]

STATEMENT BY THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF BELGIUM

95. Mr. MICHEL (Belgium), ...

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98. In the short term, conflict prevention measures included mechanisms such as missions of inquiry, mediation or use of observers. At times, as in Afghanistan, armed international intervention, under United Nations auspices and with a well-defined mandate, was sometimes necessary. The appalling situation in the Middle East required the attention of the international community. Only a political solution which satisfied the concerns of both parties, based on the Mitchell Programme, the Tenet Plan and the Oslo Agreements, could bring about peace. The international community must demand that both parties respect human rights and humanitarian law and accept an international presence for an initial period, followed by the organization of an international conference to seek a just and lasting peace. The High Commissioner for Human Rights should continue to report on the situation and the Commission should support efforts to relaunch the peace process. OHCHR, UNHCR and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were at the heart of international humanitarian rights mechanisms and must, at all times, have free access to victims.

[...]

STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

105. Mr. STRAW (United Kingdom) said that, ...

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113. Israel had the right to defend itself against terrorism. It had suffered enormously, particularly from suicide bombs. But its military operations in the West Bank were unlikely to protect it from further attack, serving only to inflict suffering on the Palestinian people. It should withdraw its forces immediately and comply fully with the relevant Security Council resolutions and international humanitarian law.


The meeting rose at 1 p.m.

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