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SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 8th MEETING
Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Thursday, 15 March 2007, at 1 p.m.
President: Mr. DE ALBA (Mexico)
The meeting was called to order at 1 p.m.
4. Ms. JANJUA (Pakistan), speaking on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), ...
9. All areas covered in the paper prepared by the Facilitator on the review of mandates (A/HRC/4/118) called for detailed discussion, especially points that the Facilitator deemed to have been agreed. OIC had consistently demanded that all special procedures should focus on the situation of human rights in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories. Commission on Human Rights resolution 1993/2 stipulated that the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 was to run until the end of the occupation, and OIC wished to reiterate that principle.
10. Ms. FERNANDO (Sri Lanka), speaking on behalf of the Group of Asian States, ...
12. Reiterating their support for the national rights of the Palestinian people, particularly its rights to self-determination, to establish an independent Palestinian State and to live free from foreign occupation and at peace with neighbouring countries, the Asian States urged the Council to address the human rights violations and implications of Israel’s occupation of Palestine and other Arab territories in the light of international humanitarian and human rights law.
17. Ms. HERRERA LABRADOR (Cuba), speaking on behalf of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, said that the Movement had proposed an agenda with items that were concrete enough to allow predictability and transparency while being general enough to guarantee flexibility. A well-structured agenda should permit consideration of economic, social and cultural rights, civil and political rights, the promotion and protection of the rights of all peoples, groups and individuals, the right to development, the struggle against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, the right of self-determination of the Palestinian people, human rights violations in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, capacity-building, technical cooperation and the universal periodic review mechanism.
53. Mr. ISBAYENE (Morocco) ...
54. It was vital to ensure a balance between civil and political rights and economic, social and cultural rights. In addition, the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 should be maintained until the end of Israeli occupation, as stipulated in the relevant Commission on Human Rights and Council resolutions.
89. Ms. MARTÍN GALLEGOS (Observer for Nicaragua) ... The Council should also assist in ensuring the effective implementation of humanitarian law and should monitor States’ compliance with their human rights obligations. The agenda should include an item on the human rights of the Palestinian people.
93. Ms. VIDIATI (Observer for the Islamic Republic of Iran) ...
94. ... The international community had a collective responsibility to ensure that the Council continued to address the question of the human rights of the Palestinians, who had suffered decades of human rights violations and foreign occupation.