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OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL*
Note by the Secretary-General
1. In accordance with its annual programme of work, as considered on 19 June 2008 at the organizational meeting for the third cycle of the Human Rights Council, the Council is scheduled to hold its ninth session from 8 to 26 September 2008 at the United Nations Office at Geneva.
2. In accordance with rule 8 (b) of the rules of procedure of the Council, as contained in section VII of the annex to Council resolution 5/1 of 18 June 2007, the organizational meeting for the ninth session is scheduled for 22 August 2008.
52. The Council will proceed to establish the order of review for the fourth and fifth sessions of the Working Group on the universal periodic review by the drawing of lots. The following order of review for the third session of the Working Group was established on 21 September 2007 by the drawing of lots: Botswana, Bahamas, Burundi, Luxembourg, Barbados, Montenegro, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Liechtenstein, Serbia, Turkmenistan, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Colombia, Uzbekistan, Tuvalu (A/HRC/6/22, annex VII).
53. The Council will also proceed to the selection of troikas for the third, fourth and fifth sessions of the Working Group, in accordance with paragraph 18 (d) of the annex to Council resolution 5/1 and the established modalities (A/HRC/6/22, annex V).
Follow-up to special sessions
54. In its resolution S-1/1 of 6 July 2006, the Council decided to dispatch an urgent fact-finding mission headed by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. In its resolution S-3/1 of 15 November 2006, the Council decided to dispatch urgently a high-level fact-finding mission, to be appointed by the President of the Council, to travel to Beit Hanoun.
55. In its resolution OM/1/2, adopted at its first organizational meeting on 20 June 2007, the Council called for the implementation of resolutions S-1/1 and S-3/1, including the urgent dispatching of the fact-finding mission. In accordance with resolution 6/18 of 28 September 2007, the President and the High Commissioner reported to the Council, at its seventh session, on their efforts to implement Council resolutions S-1/1 and S-3/1 and on the compliance of Israel, the occupying Power, with those resolutions.
56. In accordance with resolution S-3/1 of 15 November 2006, the Council will consider the report of the high-level fact-finding mission to Beit Hanoun (A/HRC/9/28), which was conducted from 26 to 30 May 2008 by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Christine Chinkin.