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HR/CN/05/63
22 April 2005


COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS CONCLUDES SIXTY-FIRST SESSION

Establishes Mandates for Experts on Minorities, Transnational Corporations, International Solidarity, Countering Terrorism and Sudan; Adopts Basic Principles on Right to Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of Human Rights Law


The Commission on Human Rights concluded its annual session for 2005 today, after having debated a wide range of human rights issues under its agenda items from crosscutting thematic issues, to country situations, to the organization of its work. During the six-week session, which began on 14 March, the Commission adopted 86 resolutions, 16 decisions and four statements by its Chairperson, Makarim Wibisono of Indonesia.

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Concerning the question of Palestine, the Commission expressed grave concern about the continuing construction, contrary to international law, by Israel of the wall inside the occupied Palestinian territory and demanded that Israel comply fully with its legal obligations, as mentioned in the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice, and cease the construction of the wall. In another measure, the Commission emphasized that the displaced persons of the population of the occupied Syrian Golan must be allowed to return to their homes and to recover their properties; and decided to include as an agenda at its next session an item entitled "Question of the violation of human rights in the occupied Arab territories, including Palestine".

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The Question of the Violation of Human Rights in the Occupied Arab Territories, including Palestine

Under this agenda item, the Commission:

-- in a resolution on Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestine territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan (E/CN.4/2005/L.2/Rev.2), expressed grave concern about the continuing construction, contrary to international law, by Israel of the wall inside the occupied Palestinian territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, and expressed its concern in particular about the route of the wall in departure from the Armistice Line of 1949; and demanded that Israel, the occupying power, comply fully with its legal obligations, as mentioned in the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice and cease the construction of the wall;

-- in a resolution on Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem (E/CN.4/2005/L.4), condemned the use of force by the Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians, resulting in extensive loss of life, vast numbers of injuries and massive destruction of homes, properties, agricultural lands and vital infrastructure; and urged all Member States signatories to the Fourth Geneva Convention to express the inadmissibility of the ongoing violation of the rights of Palestinian civilians;

-- in a resolution on human rights in the occupied Syrian Golan (E/CN.4/2005/L.15), called upon Israel to desist from changing the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan, and emphasized that the displaced persons of the population of the occupied Syrian Golan must be allowed to return to their homes and to recover their properties; and decided to include in its agenda at its next session an item entitled "Question of the violation of human rights in the occupied Arab territories, including Palestine";

-- in a decision, decided to postpone its discussion of a draft resolution on the human rights situation of the Lebanese detainees in Israel (E/CN.4/2005/L.3) to its next session.

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The Rights of Peoples to Self-Determination and its Application to Peoples Under Colonial or Alien Domination or Foreign Occupation

Under this agenda item, the Commission:

-- in a resolution on the situation in occupied Palestine (E/CN.4/2005/L.5), reaffirmed the inalienable, permanent and unqualified right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including their right to live in freedom, justice and dignity and to establish their sovereign and independent States; and urged all Member States, and relevant bodies of the United Nations System, to support and assist the Palestinian people in the early realization of their right to self-determination;

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