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Source: Human Rights Council
21 June 2006


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Press release



Human Rights Council


Information Service
        United Nations Office at Geneva
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HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL BEGINS GENERAL SEGMENT

Hears Statements from National Delegations and Specialized Agencies
21 June 2006

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The Human Rights Council this afternoon started its general segment, hearing a series of statements from national delegations, United Nations specialized agencies and other bodies.

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Statements


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GEBRAN SOUFAN (
Lebanon), said human rights were indivisible, interrelated, and should be dealt with as a comprehensive package of equal components and with the same importance. In setting the rules of the Council, replicating the Commission was an error. Its positive legacy should inspire the work of the Council, inasmuch as the bickering, politicisation, double standards and selectivity should be avoided. The purpose was not naming and shaming but to address and redress violations of human rights. It was hoped that under a newly-devised vision of the Council, Lebanon would witness the return of all the Lebanese detainees and missing persons who were freedom fighters for the liberation of the South and defenders of a free and sovereign Lebanon.

Lebanon was firmly set on the course of consolidating democracy, liberty, the rule of law, judicial independence, sovereignty and modernisation. There were a number of fundamental freedoms that were guaranteed in Lebanon, including freedom of expression, freedom of belief, and the right to freedom of assembly and association. Lebanon had a National Plan of Human Rights which encompassed all pertinent sectors. It guaranteed the employment and positive living conditions of the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Lebanon had declared a moratorium on public executions as a step towards the abolishment of the death penalty in the future. Lebanon had also adhered to the core international human rights instruments.

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MASOOD KHAN (Pakistan), speaking on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, said that the inspiration of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) for contributing to the work of the Council emanated from the tenets of Islam, which emphasized the realization of human rights for all human beings without discrimination. The OIC’s call for cooperation was not meant to create a culture of impunity or acquiescence in the gross and consistent violations of human rights, however. On the contrary, it urged the international community to help address some of its major and longstanding human rights concerns. Violations of human rights, and the consequences and implications of occupation, in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, remained a matter of deep concern for the Islamic world. The Council, through effective and timely consideration of that issue, would make an important contribution towards the alleviation of the suffering of the Palestinian people and towards achieving durable peace in the Middle East.

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HUSSEIN ALI (Syria) said a lot of high hopes were being placed on the Human Rights Council as a body to promote human rights as defined by international human rights legislation, and it was hoped that the Council would live up to these hopes and would be able to correct some gaps and shortages that had been created when the Commission of Human Rights had been carrying out its work.

Syria would like to stress that the work of the new Council should be marked by its transparency and far from double standards through an agenda that was clear and balanced and responded to the concerns of all. It was also urgent that the Council take up the situation in the occupied Arab territories, including the Golan Heights. The situation in the southern Lebanon was also of concern, to which the Council’s attention should be drawn. Worse and unimaginable human rights violations were taking place in the territories by Israel daily. The Council should take action as a matter of urgency. It was also necessary for the Human Rights Council to follow-up on the implementation of its resolutions.

RAMADAR IRHIAM (
Libya) said that Libya did not wish to dwell on the negative aspects of the Commission on Human Rights, but preferred to look towards the functioning of the Human Rights Council on the basis of neutrality, credibility, dialogue and non-politicization, while taking into account the religious and cultural context of States. It was very important that the Council be a forum for debate. It was also important to carry out investigations of human rights violations in the occupied Arab territories, where people’s rights were being violated, and their homes destroyed. That was part of the Libyan approach, which placed human beings at the centre of its human rights policy.

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SAAD ALFARARGI, of the League of Arab States, ...

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The Council should now be able to face the challenges of human rights promotion and respect. It should be able do what the Commission had failed to do. It should take into consideration, as a priority, the worsening situation in Palestine, which needed urgent action. The Council should make known its position on the issue. The Arab League would do all it could for the success of the Council.

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