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UNITED
NATIONS
E

Distr.
GENERAL
E/CN.4/2002/SR.31
9 April 2002

Original: ENGLISH

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Fifty-eighth session

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 31st MEETING

Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,

on Tuesday, 9 April 2002, at 10 a.m.


Chairperson : Mr. JAKUBOWSKI (Poland)

later: Mr. LEWALTER (Germany) (Vice-Chairperson)


CONTENTS

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF CAMEROON

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS OF EQUATORIAL GUINEA

STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE ORGANIZATION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE OF THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE QUESTIONS OF:

(a) TORTURE AND DETENTION

(b) DISAPPEARANCES AND SUMMARY EXECUTIONS

(c) FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

(d) INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY, ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE, IMPUNITY

(e) RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE

(f) STATES OF EMERGENCY

(g) CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION TO MILITARY SERVICE

QUESTION OF THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD, INCLUDING:

(a) QUESTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN CYPRUS (continued)



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

STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE ORGANIZATION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE

25. Mr. BELKEZIZ (Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)) said that ...

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28. Israel continued to occupy Palestinian territory and to deny Palestinians their inalienable right to self-determination. In that connection, he drew attention to the decision of the recent Conference of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention, which confirmed that the occupying forces had been involved in grave breaches of human rights and humanitarian international law, involving the use of excessive force, the arbitrary killing and torture of civilians, unlawful deportation, the denial of access to a fair trial and the excessive destruction and appropriation of property. Neutral observers should be dispatched to monitor violations of the Convention in those territories.

29. The OIC welcomed Security Council resolution 1397 (2002) calling for the establishment of two States within secure and recognized borders, and hoped that it would be translated into concrete action and that the Commission would exercise its official and moral responsibility to give the Palestinian people their right to self-determination and their right to return to their territories. It supported the initiative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to head a visiting mission to the occupied territories and welcomed the decision by President Bush to call for Israeli withdrawal. The OIC condemned any attempts to characterize the Palestinian struggle as terrorist.

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Statements in exercise of the right of reply

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98. Mr. LEVY (Observer for Israel) said that, as testified to by the Secretary-General and the Security Council, Israel had withdrawn fully from Lebanon on 24 May 2000, in compliance with Security Council resolution 425 (1978), whereas Lebanon had yet to fulfil its obligation to ensure the return of its effective authority in the area. The Hezbollah, one of the cruellest international terrorist organizations, had been operating freely in southern Lebanon for over 50 years. In October 2000, it had kidnapped three Israeli soldiers whom it had been holding hostage on Lebanese soil ever since. It was also holding a kidnapped Israeli civilian.

99. Two grave incidents had taken place recently, in one of which terrorists had opened fire on Israeli vehicles, killing six Israelis and wounding seven others. On another occasion, Hezbollah terrorists had fired anti-tank rockets and missiles at Israeli targets for five consecutive days, wounding an Israeli soldier.

100. Most recently, on 4 April 2002, Hezbollah terrorists had assaulted soldiers of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), wounding six of them. The Secretary-General, who had strongly condemned the attack, had repeatedly drawn attention to the flagrant violations of the blue line routinely committed by the Hezbollah terrorists and to the need for the Government of Lebanon to fulfil its responsibilities. Until that Government asserted its authority over the renegade groups in southern Lebanon, Israel had the right to defend itself. Southern Lebanon had served as a breeding ground for terrorist activities for many years. Large quantities of mines, booby traps and other devices had been laid by terrorist groups. The maps of the minefields laid by Israel in southern Lebanon had duly, together with other relevant information, been handed over to UNIFIL.

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The meeting rose at 1 p.m.

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