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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/C.3/63/SR.24
27 January 2009

English
Original: French

Sixty-third session
Official Records



Third Committee

Summary record of the 24th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Friday, 24 October 2008, at 10 a.m.

Chairman: Mr. Majoor ................................................ (Netherlands)
Ms. Seanedzu (Vice-Chairman) ......................................... (Ghana)
Mr. Majoor ............................................................ (Netherlands)



Contents

Agenda item 64: Promotion and protection of human rights
(b) Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms


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


Agenda item 64: Promotion and protection of human rights

(b) Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms (A/63/271 and A/63/288)

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45. Ms. Sekaggya (Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders) said that States resorted to different means to limit freedom of expression — adopting restrictive laws, withdrawing consent, displacing populations, breaking into homes — especially in the case of defenders working in the area of economic, social and cultural rights or upholding the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The situation of human rights defenders would be taken into account in her reports and consultations. She had asked to visit many countries, including Cuba and Myanmar, and was still awaiting a response from those countries.

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54. Mr. Zeidan (Observer for Palestine) said that the Israeli occupation forces and settlers were targeting human rights defenders and journalists. The list of Palestinian and foreign victims of such practices was growing daily. Recently, foreign peace activists who were helping Palestinian militants had been brutally attacked by Israeli settlers, who had wounded and killed a great many people, under the approving gaze of Israeli soldiers. He would like to know what the international community could do to put an end to those acts of aggression, which were violations of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, to protect human rights defenders and see to it that the perpetrators of those attacks were held accountable for their actions.

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The meeting rose at 1.10 p.m.



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