|Ms. Jilani said she had conducted visits to Nigeria, Israel and Brazil under her mandate in 2006. She had assessed the situation of human rights defenders in 118 countries. ... |
|Human rights defenders in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory carried out their activities against a backdrop of occupation, conflict, military operations in Palestinian civilian centres, including refugee camps, and in an institutionalized fear of terrorism. Security-driven laws and practices had created an environment in which activities for the defence of human rights had not escaped suspicion and repression. She had received credible accounts of serious harm, including killings, that human rights defenders had suffered and of oppressive practices that affected their freedom of expression.|
|ITZHAK LEVANON (Israel), speaking as a concerned country, said with regards to the report of Ms. Jilani, she had made sincere efforts to present a balanced and comprehensive overview of the situation facing human rights defenders in the region. The findings regarding Israeli democracy and the corresponding freedoms of expression and action that existed and were protected by the laws of the country were appreciated, and Israel took its obligations in this regard very seriously. |
The assessment regarding the difficulties faced by human rights defenders in the Palestinian Authority raised some concern, and it was hoped that her recommendations would be cause for useful introspection within Palestinian society. Regrettably, Israel’s security concerns did not diminish after its full disengagement from Gaza last year, and could even have increased. Israel sincerely hoped that violence in the region would soon abate and that implementation of the Road Map would result in the Two States solution, living side by side in peace.
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