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Situation des droits de l'homme en Palestine - ouverture de la 2ème session du Conseil des droits de l'homme - Communiqué de presse (extraits) Français
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Source: Human Rights Council
18 September 2006


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Press release


Human Rights Council


Information ServiceUnited Nations Office at Geneva
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HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL OPENS SECOND SESSION
Hears Message from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, High Commissioner for Human Rights Addresses Meeting
18 September 2006

The Human Rights Council opened its second session this morning, hearing a message from United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and an address by High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour as well as a series of statements which addressed the situation of human rights in a number of countries.

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Statements

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Masood Khan (Pakistan speaking on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, OIC), ...

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The Organization of the Islamic Conference would recommend dealing with subjects covered by the Special Procedures on an ad hoc basis rather than as omnibus texts. In addition, in order to avoid problems the Council had already encountered during its first session, adopted resolutions by the Council had to become operational, notwithstanding reservations of a minority. There were two pending issues from the previous session, namely, a) substantive consideration of the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories: and b) reports by the relevant Special Rapporteurs and the High Commissioner on the defamation of religions and incitement to religious hatred and its recent manifestations, particularly its implications for Article 20, paragraph 2, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The statement of Pope Benedict XVI referring to the Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him, had hurt the sensibilities of the Muslims all over the world. The OIC was reassured that the Pope had expressed regrets, distanced himself from the text that caused offence, and renewed his invitation for a frank and sincere dialogue with mutual respect. Still the statement was regrettable as it showed a lack of understanding, albeit inadvertent, about Islam and its Prophet. The OIC requested that time be set aside this week to discuss religious tolerance and related issues.

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MOHAMMAD ABU-KOASH (
Palestine) said the High Commissioner had devoted a full page of her statement to the human rights situations in the developing countries. The statement was short of words in mentioning the Israeli practices. Palestine was the victim of a most aggravated form of human rights violations perpetrated by Israel. The High Commissioner should focus on the means to end the occupation. With regard to religious harmony, Palestine thanked the Representative of the Holy See for the explanation he provided to the Council earlier concerning the speech made by the Pope.

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MOUSA BURAYZAT (Jordan) said Jordan attached great importance to the protection of human rights everywhere, but it wanted to put emphasis on the situation of civilians, as referred to by the High Commissioner, in Darfur, Somalia, Lebanon, Iraq, and Palestine. With reference to Sudan, Jordan was fully confident that the Government of Sudan would implement the current resolution, which had the support of the League of Arab States.

Jordan welcomed the cease-fire in Sri Lanka as a contribution to the peace process. Jordan believed the Government of Sri Lanka was keen to keep channels of communications open. Furthermore, it was necessary to avoid politicization and selectivity in the work of the Council, and therefore Jordan welcomed the comments by the High Commissioner with relation to the situation of civilians in Darfur and Iraq. Jordan was particularly concerned about the situation of civilians in Lebanon, Palestine and the occupied Arab territories. Jordan welcomed the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry in Lebanon and was awaiting a report from it. Lastly, Jordan asked the High Commissioner whether the situation of civilians in Palestine and Lebanon had deteriorated or improved, as this was of great importance. Jordan would also like the High Commissioner to express her views on religious intolerance, and in particular with reference to discrimination suffered by the Muslim population worldwide.

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