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        General Assembly
8 February 1994


Third Committee
43rd meeting
held on
Friday, 26 November 1993
at 10 a.m.
New York


Chairman: Mr. KUKAN (Slovakia)




The meeting was called to order at 10.20 a.m.

AGENDA ITEM 114: HUMAN RIGHTS QUESTIONS (continued) (A/48/58-S/25024, A/48/63, A/48/68, A/48/74-S/25216, A/48/75-S/25217, A/48/77-S/25231, A/48/88-S/25310, A/48/93, A/48/94, A/48/113-S/25397, A/48/116, A/48/120, A/48/125, A/48/136, A/48/152, A/48/174, A/48/176-S/25834, A/48/177-S/25835, A/48/181, A/48/184, A/48/201, A/48/203-S/25898, A/48/211, A/48/214, A/48/217-S/25986, A/48/222, A/48/261-S/26073, A/48/262, A/48/273, A/48/291-S/26242, A/48/294-S/26247, A/48/302, A/48/307, A/48/330, A/48/355-S/26390, A/48/357, A/48/370, A/48/394, A/48/395-S/26439, A/48/396-S/26440, A/48/401, A/48/446, A/48/484, A/48/496 and A/48/564)


68. Mr. EL-KHAZEN (Lebanon) recalled that his country, which had been one of the drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, said that huge areas of southern Lebanon were still occupied by Israel, despite Security Council resolutions 425 (1978), 508 and 509 (1982) as well as resolutions adopted by the Commission on Human Rights, the latest of which had been adopted quite recently, at its forty-ninth session. His country, which had always adhered to the universal values of human rights, saw those rights violated on a daily basis in its own territory by Israel, whose policies represented a flagrant contravention of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and the fourth Hague Convention of 1907, international law, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all United Nations resolutions. Southern Lebanon was subjected every day to air raids and artillery shelling; the media recorded the arrest and expulsion of citizens, the destruction of their homes and the confiscation of their property.

69. Israel, in violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights and customary international law, had for many years prevented the International Committee of the Red Cross from carrying out the mission required entrusted to it by the Commission on Human Rights in its resolutions, namely to visit the two detention centres of Al-Khiam and Marjayoûn, where more than 200 Lebanese were being held illegally. It was time for Israel to heed the appeals from international bodies by releasing the detainees, and respecting customary law as well as the international principles and resolutions adopted by the United Nations, particularly at the current stage of the peace talks, which required mutual trust.

70. His country, which desired peace and stability, and was convinced that every Lebanese citizen had the right to live in dignity within its liberated territories, called on the international community to assume its responsibilities fully and demand that Israel put an end to its practices and implement the Security Council resolutions, all of which called for its unconditional withdrawal to internationally recognized boundaries. His country reiterated its attachment to human rights and peace, which were complementary, in order that justice and human dignity might prevail.

The meeting rose at 1.15 p.m.

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