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UNITED
NATIONS
E

        Economic and Social Council
Distr.
GENERAL
E/CN.4/2004/SR.7
22 March 2004

Original: ENGLISH


COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Sixtieth session

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 7th MEETING

Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Wednesday, 17 March 2004, at 10 a.m.

Chairperson : Mr. SMITH (Australia)


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The meeting was called to order at 10 a.m.

STATEMENT BY THE ASSISTANT DEPUTY MINISTER FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS OF SAUDI ARABIA


1. Prince Turki Bin Mohammed AL-KABEER (Saudi Arabia) ...

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10. Reform and development were, however, difficult in a region where stability, security and peace did not prevail. It was imperative to abandon the policy of absolute diktat and promote constructive cooperation to fulfil the region’s aspirations. The ongoing Israeli occupation, nourished by certain powers, had engendered violations of the human rights of Palestinians, the Syrians in the occupied Golan Heights and the remaining Lebanese detainees in Israeli prisons. Those issues were fixed items on the Commission’s current agenda as they had been at previous sessions.

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STATEMENT BY THE STATE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF BANGLADESH

53. Mr. RAHMAN (Bangladesh), ...

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60. Bangladesh remained deeply concerned about the continued denial of the rights of the Palestinian people, whose situation had been exacerbated by the building of a wall in the occupied territories. He called on the Commission to take more serious steps to address the gross violations of the rights of the Palestinian people.

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STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT, SPOKESPERSON OF JORDAN

62. Ms. KHADER (Jordan) ...

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73. A recent conference in Amman attended by representatives of 23 States had addressed the issue of violence against children in the Arab region. It had decided to establish an

74. Arab network to take action against ill-treatment of children and adopted a number of recommendations, including the development of an Arab child and family protection framework.

75. Turning to recent calls for reform in the Middle East, she said that any such initiative must emanate from the peoples of the region. Moreover, since development and stability would remain unattainable until the Palestinian-Israeli conflict was resolved, urgent action must be taken to reactivate the peace process. The current Israeli security policy would not bring security for the Israelis, and Israel was bound by international law to take all necessary steps to ease the sufferings of the Palestinians by ending the closures affecting their towns and villages. Both parties must act on the commitments set out in the Quartet-backed road map for peace in the Middle East, since it laid down clear principles for a just and lasting settlement based on two States, Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories, the dismantling of settlements, two State capitals in Jerusalem and an agreed settlement of the refugee issue.

76. The building of the wall of separation would consolidate Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory and jeopardize the establishment of a Palestinian State. She suggested that the US$ 3.4 billion that was being invested in the wall should be spent instead on building the foundations for peace and development. Although Jordan consistently condemned all operations that targeted civilians, it called on Israel to halt the wall project and respect the boundary line of 4 June 1967.

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STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE NETHERLANDS

76. Mr. BOT (Netherlands) ...

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81. Freedom of religion had been one of President Roosevelt’s four freedoms and the Roosevelt Institute presented freedom awards each year to people who had distinguished themselves in the promotion of human rights. The 2004 freedom of worship award had gone to Dr. Sari Nusseibah for his tireless efforts to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

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The meeting rose at 12.40 p.m.

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