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UNITED
NATIONS

Distr.
GENERAL
E/CN.4/2002/SR.10
22 March 2002

Original: ENGLISH

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Fifty-eighth session

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 10th MEETING

Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,

on Friday, 22 March, at 10 a.m.

Chairperson : Mr. JAKUBOWSKI (Poland)

CONTENTS


RACISM, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, XENOPHOBIA AND ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION ( continued)

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN YEMEN

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF NORWAY



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

RACISM, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, XENOPHOBIA AND ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION (agenda item 6) (continued ) (E/CN.4/2002/21, 22, 23 (WP.5), 24 and Add.1, 25 (WP.4), 123, 133, 138 and 140; E/CN.4/2002/NGO/21, 46, 63, 64, 94, 112, 145, 152, 163, 166, 191 and 194-196; A/CONF.189/12; A/CONF.189/PC.3/5; A/CONF.189/PC.2/21 and Corr.1.)

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31. Ms. GABR (Observer for Egypt), ...

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32. In the wake of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, greater efforts should be made to overcome Islamophobia and to stem violence against Arabs. The plight of the Palestinian people should be universally recognized and Israeli racism condemned, while at the same time every effort should be made to achieve a just and comprehensive peace. Finally, States should do their utmost to ensure that the measures agreed at the Durban Conference were properly followed up.

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45. Ms. MAJALI (Observer for Jordan) ...

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48. Finally, [the High Commissioner] she deplored the unprecedented increase in violence in the occupied Palestinian territories since September 2000 and stressed that the Durban documents, in addressing the plight of victims, specifically mentioned the Palestinian people. Her delegation also shared the concerns of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism regarding the lack of cooperation on the part of Israel in relation to the implementation of the relevant General Assembly and Commission on Human Rights resolutions, in particular that of the Commission’s fifth special session.

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74. Mr. LACK (World Jewish Congress), speaking also on behalf of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, said that the Durban Conference had undermined the anti-racism agenda of the United Nations. The reasons for that lay in a failure of leadership of the Secretary-General of the Conference, Mrs. Robinson, and in the anti-Semitic and racist positions adopted by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). Palestinian claims had been promoted as the most pressing issue during the Conference, and the Declaration and Programme of Action made reference to Palestinian suffering without any similar mention of Israeli suffering. Given that the institutionalization of the Durban process had already begun within the United Nations, it was regrettable that energy would have to be spent in combating the subversion of the United Nations anti-racism agenda, which might become a vehicle for anti-Semitism.

75. Mr. LITTMAN (World Union for Progressive Judaism) said that the Durban Conference had been callously hijacked by dictatorial regimes and demagogic NGOs. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict was being used as a platform for anti-Semitism, which was on the rise in Europe, and for open displays of hatred against Jews.

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS OF YEMEN

76. Ms. FAREÉ (Yemen) said that ...

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78. The state terrorism practised by Israel against the Palestinian people, in direct violation of numerous decisions by international bodies, was a flagrant injustice. Israel’s assertion that its armed forces were the victims of terror did not bear scrutiny, and its claims had accordingly been rejected under previous decisions by the Commission.

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STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF NORWAY

83. Mr. PETERSEN (Norway) said ...

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91. Israelis’ future was bound up with that of the Palestinians. There could be no prosperity or security unless the parties reversed the destructive spiral of violence and resumed serious negotiations on how to live side by side within secure and recognized borders, as called for by Security Council resolution 1397 (2002).

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The meeting rose at 1 p.m.

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