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UNITED
NATIONS
E

        Economic and Social Council
Distr.
GENERAL
E/CN.6/2004/6
22 December 2003

Original: English

Commission on the Status of Women
Forty-eighth session
1-12 March 2004
Item 3 of the provisional agenda*
Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women
and to the special session of the General Assembly entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century”


Release of women and children taken hostage, including those subsequently imprisoned, in armed conflicts

Report of the Secretary-General
Summary
The present report is prepared in compliance with resolution 46/1, adopted by the Commission on the Status of Women at its forty-sixth session in 2002. The report contains information provided by Member States and relevant entities of the United Nations system. It concludes with recommendations for consideration by the Commission on the Status of Women.

* E/CN.6/2004/1.


II. Information from Member States

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11. The Syrian Arab Republic reported that two Syrian women remained imprisoned by Israeli occupation authorities.

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III. Information from the United Nations system

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29. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on its assistance to a non-governmental organization which provided free legal aid and documented the condition of detainees, especially children, and on the enhancement of the follow-up mechanisms to monitor the situation on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides.

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IV. Recommendations

35. In the light of current submissions received from Member States, the Commission on the Status of Women may wish to renew its commitment to resolution 46/1 and further encourage Governments to report on its implementation. The Commission may also wish to encourage Governments to report on the relevance of women and children taken hostage, including those subsequently imprisoned, in armed conflicts, in the context of the follow-up to Security Council resolution 1325 (2000).


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