HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL CONCLUDES FIRST SESSION
Adopts International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Decides to Hold Special Session on Situation of Human Rights in Palestinian occupied territory
The Human Rights Council has concluded its first session, which began on 19 June, adopting eight resolutions, three decisions and two statements by the President. During the two-week session, the new body addressed a range of issues, exchanging views with representatives of some special procedures, the Sub-Commission and treaty bodies, holding substantive debates on the implementation of General Assembly resolution 60/251 of 15 March 2006; the situation of human rights in the occupied Arab territories, including Palestine; support for the Abuja Agreement; avoiding incitement to hatred and violence for reasons of religion or race; the human rights of migrants; and the role of human rights defenders in promoting and protecting human rights.
On the last day, the President of the Council, Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba of Mexico, said that, following a request signed by 21 Member States of the 47 Member States of the Council, a Special Session on the situation of human rights in Palestinian occupied territory would be held. It was later announced that the session would be held on Wednesday 5 July, at 3 pm in room XX.
The Special Session on the situation of human rights in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories will be held on Wednesday 5 July, at 3 pm in room XX.
Implementation of General Assembly Resolution 60/251 of 15 March 2006 Entitled “Human Rights Council”
Under this agenda item, the Council:
-- on the Human Rights Situation in Palestine and Other Occupied Arab territories, requested the relevant Special Rapporteurs to report to the next session of the Council on the Israeli human rights violations in occupied Palestine; and decided to undertake substantive consideration of the human rights violations and implications of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and other occupied Arab territories at its next session and to incorporate this issue in its following sessions.
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