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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/C.3/61/SR.50
8 January 2006

Original: English

Sixty-first session
Official Records



Third Committee

Summary record of the 50th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Tuesday, 21 November 2006, at 10 a.m.

Chairman: Mr. Al Bayati ................................................................................ (Iraq)
later: Mr. Faati (Vice-Chairman) ............................................................... (Gambia)
later: Mr. Al Bayati (Chairman) ...................................................................... (Iraq)



Contents

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Agenda item 67: Promotion and protection of human rights (continued)

(b) Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms ( continued)

(c) Human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives ( continued)




The meeting was called to order at 10.35 a.m.


Agenda item 67: Promotion and protection of human rights (continued)

(b) Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms (continued) (A/C.3/61/L.21/Rev.1, L.22, L.29/Rev.1 and L.32/Rev.1)

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61. Mr. McNee (Canada), introducing draft resolution A/C.3/61/L.41 on behalf of its 43 sponsors, said the human-rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran was a cause for serious concern. Every effort at accuracy and balance had been made in the draft resolution, which recognized some sporadic and meagre progress, but also underscored key concerns and called upon the Government to accelerate progress on improved human rights for all Iranians.

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Explanation of vote before the voting

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77. Ms. Gendi (Egypt) reiterated Egypt’s unwavering opposition to such country-specific resolutions, as they increased selectivity on human-rights issues. They did not allow the Committee to address such issues objectively and sincerely and in the spirit of international cooperation. The targeted nature of the resolutions undermined efforts to promote and protect human rights. Human-rights issues should be addressed through the universal periodic review. Furthermore, the same delegations which submitted such draft resolutions to the Committee every year routinely voted against resolutions on human-rights violations in Palestine and Lebanon, which gave rise to doubts about their genuine will to protect human-rights. Human-rights issues must be considered on an equal footing with respect to all countries, large and small. Her delegation would therefore vote against the draft resolution.

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87. Ms. Hastaie (Islamic Republic of Iran) ...

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88. While no Member State could justly claim that the human-rights situation within its territory should be beyond scrutiny, the present system did not afford worldwide scrutiny. Canada, with its questionable human-rights record, particularly regarding indigenous peoples and immigrants, and a relentless supporter of Israel’s crimes against Palestinians, had presumed to submit a draft resolution on human rights in Iran. Reports by human-rights bodies had shown Canada, the United States and many European countries to be guilty of serious human-rights violations.

89. There was no denying that the basic rights of Muslims in those countries had been violated by growing Islamophobia and defamation and that those so-called defenders of human rights had voted against three draft resolutions on Israeli atrocities against the Palestinian and Lebanese people. The fact that Israel, with its appalling record of war crimes and systematic human-rights violations, was a sponsor of the draft resolution spoke volumes for Canada’s deceitfulness and ill-will. Its baseless accusations were predicated upon illusions and fantasies. Iran, on the basis of its Islamic values and international obligations and its commitment to respect human dignity and protect and promote human rights at the national and international levels, was determined to build a society based on social justice, democracy and good governance.

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91. A recorded vote was taken on draft resolution A/C.3/61/L.41.

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92. Draft resolution A/C.3/61/L.41 was adopted by 70 votes to 48, with 55 abstentions.

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The meeting rose at 1.25 p.m.




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