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Source: Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP)
Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR)
31 August 1992



August 1992


Volume XV, Bulletin No. 8







I. SUBCOMMISSION ON PREVENTION OF DISCRIMINATION AND PROTECTION OF
MINORITIES ADOPTS RESOLUTION ON SITUATION IN THE PALESTINIAN
AND OTHER ARAB TERRITORIES OCCUPIED BY ISRAEL


At its 33rd meeting on 26 August 1992, the Subcommission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities of the Commission on Human Rights adopted the following resolution concerning the situation in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied by Israel. (E/CN.4/Sub.2/1992/L.11/Add. 2)

“1992/10. Situation in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied by Israel

The Subcommission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities,

Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in particular the principles of equal rights and self-determination of all peoples,

Mindful of the principles and humanitarian provisions of the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 for the protection of war victims, of the principles and provisions of international law and of the obligations arising from the Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land, annexed to the Hague Convention IV of 1907,

Recalling that, in accordance with article 1 of the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, all States parties to the Conventions have undertaken to respect and to ensure respect for the Conventions in all circumstances,

Recalling also all the resolutions of the General Assembly and Commission on Human Rights condemning the practices of the Israeli occupation authorities in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied by Israel, which affirm the applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to these territories, in particular resolution 1992/2 of 14 February 1992 of the Commission on Human Rights,

Recalling further the relevant Security Council resolutions, in particular resolutions 605 (1987) of 22 December 1987, 607 (1988) of 5 January 1988, 608 (1988) of 14 January 1988, 636 (1989) of 6 July 1989, 681 (1990) of 20 December 1990, and 726 (1992) of 6 January 1992,

Taking note of the reports of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories submitted to the General Assembly and the relevant reports of the International Labour Organisation, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the World Health Organization,

Recalling with great concern the press releases issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva on 13 January 1988, on 18 and 19 August 1988 and on 21 May 1992 with respect to repeated violations by Israel of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and the continuous refusal of Israel to apply the provisions of the Convention in the occupied territories,

Reaffirming its previous resolutions in this respect,

Deeply alarmed at the persistent refusal of Israel to respect the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and to apply it to the Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories, and at the systematic and established violations of human rights by Israel over the past 25 years and its persistence in killing, wounding and arresting Palestinian people and in deporting and expelling Palestinian citizens,

“1. Reaffirms that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian and other Arab territories, including Jerusalem, itself constitutes a gross and systematic violation of human rights and an aggression under international law;

“2. Also reaffirms that the continued perpetration by the Israeli occupation authorities of deliberate killings of Palestinians, including children, breaking limbs of young men and causing grave harm to their physical integrity, subjecting cities, villages and camps to living conditions designed to strangulate and destroy them by imposing curfews, as happened in the Gaza Strip on 25 May 1992, and preventing their provision with food and medical supplies, firing gas bombs into houses, mosques, churches and hospitals, thus causing the death of many people by asphyxia, severely beating pregnant women and throwing gas bombs inside their homes, thereby causing them to miscarry, torturing Palestinian detainees, imposing collective punishment and administrative detention upon thousands of Palestinians, expelling and deporting Palestinians from their homeland, confiscating land and establishing Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, bringing Jewish immigrants from several parts of the world and settling them on these territories, thus modifying their demographic character, closing schools and universities, desecrating holy places and demolishing houses, all constitute grave violations of the principles of international law and the provisions of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;

“3. Further reaffirms that the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, is applicable to the Palestinians and to the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied by Israel, and that the continued disregard and rejection of the provisions of the Convention by Israel constitute gross violations of the principles of international law, and that it is therefore the responsibility of the international community to provide protection for the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation, in accordance with the relevant Security Council resolutions and the provisions of the Convention, until the end of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian and other Arab territories;

“4. Calls upon the States parties to the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to apply article 1 of the Convention, to ensure respect by Israel for the Convention and to secure protection for the Palestinian people under occupation, until the end of this occupation;

“5. Reaffirms once again the right of the Palestinian people to resist the Israeli occupation by all means, in accordance with United Nations resolutions, and affirms that the intifadah of the Palestinian people, which began on 8 December 1987, is one such means confirming their determination to liberate their land from Israeli occupation and to exercise their inalienable national rights on their national soil, above all their right to self-determination;

“6. Also reaffirms the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to return to their homeland in accordance with General Assembly resolution 194 (III) of 12 December 1948, to self-determination without foreign interference and to establish their independent sovereign State on their national soil, in accordance with the principles and provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, the resolutions of the General Assembly and of the Commission on Human Rights, and the right to self-determination of all peoples;

“7. Condemns the policy of Israel for:

“(a) Its gross violations of the rules of international law and of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and calls upon Israel to desist immediately from those practices and to withdraw from the Palestinian territories and other occupied Arab territories, in accordance with the principles of international law and the relevant United Nations resolutions;

“(b) Establishing Israeli settlements in the Palestinian and other occupied Arab territories and calls for them to be dismantled, and confirms that all measures taken by Israel with the purpose of annexing these territories or altering the political, cultural, religious or other character of Jerusalem and the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 are illegal, null and void;

“(c) Its continued occupation of the Syrian Golan and its defiance of the relevant United Nations resolutions, in particular Security Council resolution 497 (1981) of 17 December 1981, and reaffirms that the decision by Israel in 1981 to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan is null and void;

“(d) The inhuman treatment and terrorist practices in violation of human rights which the Israeli occupation authorities continue to exercise against Syrian Arab Citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan for their refusal to carry Israeli identity cards and in order to force them to carry such cards, practices which constitute a flagrant violation of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and requests all States and competent international organizations not to recognize any Israeli laws, jurisdiction or administration in respect of the occupied Syrian territory;

“8. Reiterates its support for the convening of an international peace conference on the Middle East, under the auspices of the United Nations, in which all parties to the conflict, including the Palestine Liberation Organization, would participate on an equal footing, and with the participation of the permanent members of the Security Council on the basis of Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) of 22 November 1967, and 338 (1973) of 22 October 1973, as well as of all relevant General Assembly resolutions, in particular those that define and confirm the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, particularly their right to self-determination, and calls for the withdrawal of the Israeli occupation forces from all occupied Palestinian and other Arab territories, including Jerusalem;

“9. Confirms that any attempt to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict outside the framework of the above-mentioned international conference or that is not based on the international legitimacy constituted by the principles of international law that govern armed conflicts among countries, as well as the relevant United Nations resolutions on Palestine and the Middle East, will not contribute to solving the real problem, and will maintain the current conflict that threatens the area with continuous wars;

“10. Requests the Secretary-General to provide the Subcommission, at its forty-fifth session, with an updated list of reports, studies, statistics and other documents relating to the question of Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, with the texts of the most recent relevant United Nations decisions and resolutions and the report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and other Arabs of the Occupied Territories, and with all other information relevant to the implementation of the present resolution.”



II. SIXTH UNITED NATIONS EUROPEAN REGIONAL NGO SYMPOSIUM
ON THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE HELD AT GENEVA
ON 24 AND 25 AUGUST 1992

The Sixth United Nations European Regional NGO Symposium on the Question of Palestine was held at Geneva on 24 and 25 August 1992. The Symposium had as its theme “Working for Peace — European Coordination”.

Organized by the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the Symposium was convened in response to General Assembly resolution 46/74 B of 11 December 1991. The Committee was represented by a delegation comprising: Mr. Kéba Birane Cissé (Senegal), Committee Chairman and head of delegation; Mr. Victor Camilleri (Malta) Rapporteur of the Committee; Mr. Victor H. Batiouk (Ukraine); and Dr. M. Nasser Al-Kidwa, Permanent Observer for Palestine to the United Nations.

A total of 99 non-governmental organizations attended the Symposium, 52 as observers. Several observers from Governments, intergovernmental organizations and United Nations bodies also participated.

The opening meeting was addressed by Mr. Cissé. Statements were also made by Mr. Nabil Ramlawi, Permanent Observer of Palestine at Geneva, and by Mr. Bernard Mills, Chairman of the European Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine (ECCP).

The programme was drawn up by the Committee in consultation with the ECCP.

Two plenary meetings were held. The first was entitled “The Responsibilities of European Governmental and Non-governmental Bodies towards the Palestinian People”. Presentations were made by Mr. Meir Pail (Israel), member of B'Tselem, Israeli Human Rights Center; Mr. Radwan Abu Ayyash (Palestine), journalist, head of the Palestinian Social Consolidation Forum; Mr. Roger Stott (United Kingdom), Member of Parliament; and Mrs. Maria Gazi (Greece), Vice Chairman of ECCP.

At the second plenary meetings, at which the report by ECCP members on the Committee’s activities during the past year was considered, statements were made by Mr. Hans Nebel (Denmark), and Ms. Blandine Destremeau (France).

Two workshops were also held on the following topics: “Lobbying of Governments and Parliamentarians”; and, “Raising of Public Awareness of the Palestine Issue by European NGOs”. In addition, reports were presented on the following projects initiated at last year’s symposium: the olive trees project, Palestinian family reunification; and, the protection of Palestinian children.

The Symposium adopted a final declaration as well as action-oriented proposals emanating from the workshops. The report of the Symposium will be published in due course as a Special Bulletin of the United Nations Division for Palestinian Rights.

The NGOs participating in the Symposium adopted the following declaration:

DECLARATION

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III. NINTH UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL NGO MEETING ON
THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE HELD AT GENEVA
FROM 26 TO 28 AUGUST 1992

The Ninth United Nations International NGO Meeting on the Question of Palestine was held at Geneva from 26 to 28 August 1992 in accordance with General Assembly resolution 46/74 B of 11 December 1991. The overall theme of the Meeting was: “Protection and Statehood.”

The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People was represented by a delegation comprising Mr. Kéba Birane Cissé (Senegal), Committee Chairman and head of delegation; Mr. Victor Batiouk (Ukraine); and Dr. M. Nasser Al-Kidwa, Permanent Observer for Palestine to the United Nations. The Committee delegation also included Mr. Mohamed Ennaceur, Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations Office at Geneva.

The Meeting was attended by 235 non-governmental organizations (59 as observers) as well as representatives of 41 Governments, 6 United Nations bodies and 3 intergovernmental organizations.

Mr. Cissé, speaking as Chairman of the Committee, opened the Meeting. Mr. Antoine Blanca, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva and Under-Secretary-General for Human Rights, then made a statement on behalf of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Mr. Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, then addressed the Meeting, as did Mr. Oliver R. Tambo, National Chairman of the African National Congress of South Africa. A further statement was made by Mr. Don Betz, Chairman of the International Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine.

The programme for the Meeting was drawn up by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in consultation with the International Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine (ICCP). Three panels were established:
Twelve working groups were also organized on the following topics: “Land, Water and Settlements”; “Protection Needs of Children”; “Human Rights (especially concerning deportations”; “Family Reunification Campaign”; “Protection Needs of Women”; “Arts and Culture”; “Supporting Education”; “Demilitarization and Regional Security; “Mobilizing United Nations Support”; “Housing Rights”; “Water Planning”; and, “Jerusalem”.

Participating NGOs adopted a final declaration as well as’ action-oriented proposals emanating from the workshops. The report of the Meeting, including summaries of the proceedings will be issued in due course as a publication of the Division for Palestinian Rights.

DECLARATION



IV. NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION

During the month of August, the following information was received by the Division for Palestinian Rights:

1. ICCP Newsletter No. 44, available from: the International Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine, 150 route de Ferney, case postale 2100, CH-121l Geneva 2, Switzerland.

2. Derechos Humanos, publication of the Asociación por Derechos Humanos de España. Available from: José Ortega y Gasset, 77,2, 28006 Madrid, Spain.

3. Développement et Drogres socio-économigues. Quarterly publication. The January/June 1992 issue contains a special article on water problems in Gaza. Available from: le Secretariat Permanent de l’OSPAA, 89 rue Abdel Aziz Al Séoud, Manial, Cairo, Egypt.

4. Israel and Palestine Political Report, available from: Magelan, 5 rue Cardinal Mercier 75009, Paris, France.

5. Friendship, journal of the All Indo-Arab Friendship Association. Available from: Parwana Villa MIG 38-B, Pocket C, Ashok Vihar Phase III Delhi, 110 052, India.

6. Oriente Medio, periodical edited by la Asociación “Amigos de Palestina”. Available from Apdo. N° 2102, 37080 Salamanca, Spain.

7. Women for Women Political Prisoners, publication available from: P.O. Box 8537, Jerusalem 91083.

8. Une Terre Deux Peuples, publication of the Association pour l’union entre les peuples juif et palestinien. Available from: Case postale 43, 1247 Anières, Geneva, Switzerland.

9. The Other Front, available from: the Alternative Information Centre, P.O. Box 24278, Jerusalem.

10. Twenty-five years after the 1967 War, U.S. Policy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Papers delivered at the First Annual International Conference sponsored by the Centre for Policy Analysis on Palestine, held in Washington, D.C. on 5 June 1992. Available from: 2435, Virginia Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037.


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