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SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 7th MEETING
Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Wednesday, 21 June 2006, at 3 p.m.
President: Mr. DE ALBA (Mexico)
The meeting was called to order at 3.05 p.m.
8. Mr. KHAN (Pakistan), speaking on behalf of the States members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, ...
10. The Council should ensure the effective and timely consideration of the situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, in order to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people and achieve a durable peace in the Middle East. Efforts to promote and protect the human rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir should be intensified.
24. Mr. SOUFAN (Observer for Lebanon) ...
25. Lebanon fully supported previous speakers’ emphasis on the situation in the Middle East, particularly in the occupied Palestinian territories. To exclude or dismiss such pressing topics on the pretext of avoiding confrontation would only make the problem worse. The purpose of discussing that situation was not to name and shame but to redress human rights violations.
52. Mr. IRHIAM (Observer for the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya) ...
53. The Council should take decisive action against gross human rights violations, such as those perpetrated against the Palestinian people, which included killings, displacement and starvation.
72. Mr. ALFARARGI (League of Arab States) ...
74. The Arab States hoped that the Human Rights Council would facilitate international cooperation and foster a climate of mutual understanding among States. He hoped that the Council would succeed where the Commission had failed, namely in protecting the rights of the Palestinian people, who were living under occupation and had been deprived of their rights and fundamental freedoms. The Council must halt the human rights violations to which the Palestinian people were being subjected on a daily basis and provide them with the opportunity to establish an independent State. The situation in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, the Syrian Golan Heights and the Lebanese Shebaa Farms called for urgent action by the Council.