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Summary record of the 33rd meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Friday, 27 October 2006, at 3 p.m.
Chairman: Mr. Faati (Vice-Chairman) ........................................................................ (Gambia)
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)
6. Ms. Halabi (Syrian Arab Republic) ...
7. ... Above all, foreign occupation should be ended because it deprived people of their social, economic and political rights. In that regard, she supported the conclusions of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, which exposed occupation practices that violated international humanitarian law and the provisions of the two International Covenants on Human Rights, and the Fourth Geneva Convention.
15. Mr. Al-Shehab (Kuwait) said that the report on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 (A/61/470) demonstrated clearly that the continued Israeli occupation was responsible for depriving the Palestinian people of the most basic human rights in violation of international humanitarian law, the Geneva Conventions and United Nations resolutions. It was distressing that Israel was conducting its criminal activities before the eyes of the entire world unrestrained by international condemnation. The most blatant of those activities was the continued construction of the separation wall in violation of the 2004 advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice ruling it illegal. In addition, the large number of Israeli checkpoints continually reminded Palestinians that their lives were under Israeli control. Israel’s continued bombing of Gaza’s power, water, health and education facilities showed its lack of interest in achieving peace. Israel’s arbitrary arrest of thousands of people, including women and children, and the poverty in which its policies forced Palestinians to live were also shameful. He endorsed the Special Rapporteur’s appeal to the international community to put a stop to these abhorrent Israeli acts and compel Israel to comply with international resolutions.
The meeting rose at 5.20 p.m.
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