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The meeting was called to order at 7.20 p.m.
FURTHER PROMOTION AND ENCOURAGEMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS, INCLUDING THE QUESTION OF THE PROGRAMME AND METHODS OF WORK OF THE COMMISSION:
(a) ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES AND WAYS AND MEANS WITHIN THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM FOR IMPROVING THE EFFECTIVE ENJOYMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS;
(b) NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS FOR THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS;
(c) COORDINATING ROLE OF THE CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS WITHIN THE UNITED NATIONS BODIES AND MACHINERY DEALING WITH THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS;
(d) HUMAN RIGHTS, MASS EXODUSES AND DISPLACED PERSONS
65. Ms. SHARFMAN (Observer for Israel) ...
69. In Israel's view, the United Nations had a special role to play in the furthering of democratization. In the Middle East, the Centre for Human Rights in particular could be of great assistance in helping the Palestinian Authority to build up its Judiciary and legal system.
70. Her country welcomed the steps towards greater democratization taken by some of its neighbours and hoped that all States in the region would soon join in that process of positive change. Greater democracy, pluralism and respect for human rights and women's rights could lead to greater stability in the Middle East. Her delegation therefore welcomed the report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women (E/CN.4/1995/42) and endorsed her recommendation for a resolution calling on Member States to implement national plans of action. Since children constituted some 60 per cent of the population in the Middle East, she also wished to highlight the importance of the rights of the child.
71. The challenge before the world community was to translate declarations and resolutions into genuine action and an improved situation. Despite the difficulties that the United Nations system continued to place in Israel's path by excluding it from the regional groupings within which vital work was carried out, her country was keen to cooperate in the work of the Commission.