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Summary record of the 35th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Thursday, 29 October 2009, at 3 p.m.
Chairperson: Mr. Penke ...................................................................... (Latvia)
Agenda item 64: Report of the Human Rights Council
1. The Chairperson drew the Committee’s attention to the letter dated 28 October from the President of the General Assembly to the Chairperson of the Third Committee (A/C.3/64/3), informing the Chairperson that the General Assembly had decided to consider the report of the Human Rights Council on its twelfth special session, as contained in document A/64/53/Add.1, directly in plenary meeting, without setting a precedent.
2. Mr. Van Meeuwen (President of the Human Rights Council), introducing the report of the Human Rights Council on its tenth and eleventh sessions and eighth to eleventh special sessions (A/64/53); said that the Council had addressed various human rights issues, held dialogues with a number of special procedures mandate holders and interacted positively with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. It had reviewed 48 countries under the universal periodic review process, established a new mandate in the field of cultural rights and further broadened its human rights agenda. The Third Committee would be taking action on Council resolution 11/7 on guidelines for the alternative care of children, and decision 11/117 on issuance of reports of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review in all official languages of the United Nations.
4. The Council had reacted quickly to urgent human rights situations, holding special sessions on the situation of human rights in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; grave human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly due to the recent Israeli military attacks against the occupied Gaza Strip; the impact of the global economic and financial crises on the universal realization and effective enjoyment of human rights; and assistance to Sri Lanka in the promotion and protection of human rights.
27. Ms. Pérez Álvarez (Cuba) ...
28. ... The Council had also shown its ability to respond to urgent human rights situations of international importance, adopting, for example, resolutions on the human rights violations by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and holding special sessions on issues including the impact of the global economic and food crises on the universal realization and effective enjoyment of human rights.
49. Ms. Nakornthap (Thailand) said that the Council had shown its versatility in responding to a number of urgent situations such as climate change, the global economic and financial crisis and the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. In order for it to be effective, the principles of cooperation, dialogue, objectivity and non-selectivity must be upheld. ...
The meeting rose at 5.15 p.m.
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