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SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 10th MEETING
Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Friday, 16 March 2007, at 10 a.m.
President: Mr. DE ALBA (Mexico)
The meeting was called to order at 10.15 a.m.
IMPLEMENTATION OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION 60/251 OF 15 MARCH 2006 (agenda item 2) (continued)
Reports prepared by the secretariat, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Secretary-General (continued)
Human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (resolutions S-1/1, 2/4 and 3/1) (A/HRC/4/17)
8. The PRESIDENT recalled that in its resolution S-1/1, entitled “Human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory”, the Council had 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. By its resolution 2/4, entitled “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan”, it had decided to continue the consideration of the question at its fourth session, and by resolution 3/1, entitled “Human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: follow-up to Human Rights Council resolution S-1/1”, the Council had requested the Special Rapporteur to report to the Council on the implementation of resolution S-1/1 at its next session. As the Special Rapporteur was unable to travel to Geneva during the current week, he had requested the Council to permit him to present his report on 22 March 2007, at which time he would engage in an interactive dialogue with the Council. Accordingly, if he heard no objection, he would take it that the Council wished to accede to the Special Rapporteur’s request.
9. It was so decided.
Human rights violations emanating from Israeli military incursions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including the recent one in northern Gaza and the assault on Beit Hanoun (resolution S-3/1) (A/HRC/4/113)
14. The PRESIDENT recalled that in its resolution S-3/1 the Council had decided to dispatch urgently a high-level fact-finding mission, to be appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council, to travel to Beit Hanoun to, inter alia, assess the situation of victims; address the needs of survivors; and make recommendations on ways and means to protect Palestinian civilians against any further Israeli assaults. He had appointed Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Professor Christine Chinkin to carry out that mission. Document A/HRC/4/113 contained a letter from Archbishop Tutu concerning the mission. As the Archbishop would be unable to attend the current session of the Council, Professor Chinkin would present a report later in the session.