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UNITED NATIONS


13 March 2003

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS TO HOLD FIFTY-NINTH SESSION
AT PALAIS DES NATIONS FROM 17 MARCH TO 25 APRIL 2003


The principal human rights organ of the United Nations will conduct its annual six-week session for 2003 from 17 March to 25 April.

The Commission on Human Rights, created in 1946 and made up of 53 Member States, will begin its series of meetings at the Palais des Nations with a three-and-a-half-day "high-level segment" featuring speeches by Government officials of elevated rank and by chiefs of various United Nations agencies.

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There will be reports and discussions as well under the Commission’s long-standing agenda item on the question of the violation of human rights in the occupied Arab territories, including Palestine. The situation in Colombia will be reviewed under an agenda item on "organization of work", and matters in Equatorial Guinea, Somalia, Cambodia, and Haiti will be debated when the Commission discusses "advisory services and technical cooperation in the field of human rights".

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Questions to be Examined

Specific Situations Concerning Human Rights

Under its agenda item on the right to self-determination the Commission is scheduled to take up the situation in occupied Palestine, and will have before it a report of the Secretary-General (E/CN.4/2003/15).

There is also the Commission’s annual agenda item on the question of the violation of human rights in the occupied Arab territories, including Palestine, for which there is the report of its Special Rapporteur, John Dugard (E/CN.4/2003/30 and Add.1). In addition, there is a report of the Secretary-General on human rights in the occupied Syrian Golan (E/CN.4/2003/28).

Under the agenda item on the question of the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in any part of the world, there is a series of documents :

-- a report of the Secretary-General on the human rights situation of Lebanese detainees in Israel (E/CN.4/2003/32) ;

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Annex

LIST OF THEMATIC AND COUNTRY-SPECIFIC PROCEDURES AND OTHER MECHANISMS
OF THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS


Country-specific procedures

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Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 - Mr. John Dugard(South Africa) Special Rapporteur


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