Presentation of Reports
MILOON KOTHARI, Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, said that like his other colleagues, he would not present his full statement under item 10 on economic, social and cultural rights in view of the time constraints. The Special Rapporteur indicated that he had undertaken visits to Mexico and Romania last year and he had foreseen a visit to Palestine this year. However, he had received no reply from the Israeli authorities to his request to visit the occupied territories this year and he urged Israel to cooperate with the mechanisms of the Commission.
General Debate on the Violation of Human Rights Anywhere in the World
ABDELKADER MAACHOU, of the Arab Lawyers Union, said that the Union reiterated its condemnation of 11 September and expressed its belief in the fight against terrorism - true terrorism. The treatment by the United States of prisoners of war in Guantanamo Bay and the treatment of people of Islamic faith in the country was worrying. The forces of occupation in the Middle East had not considered the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, resulting in the death of hundreds of innocent victims. The Union supported the proposal of the full withdrawal of Israeli troops and was against threats by the United States to bomb any Arab country. Such threats were illegal and against international humanitarian law.
YADOLLAH MOHAMMADI TCHRAMI of the Organization for Defending Victims of Violence, said that the banning of the activities of some press publications persisted in Iran. There were problems in judicial procedures and unexplained reactions to the expression of views. These obstacles had reduced the growing momentum and deepening of the democratic process. In the occupied Palestinian territories, the heavily armed Israeli military had targeted the civilians in villages and cities. By tightening the economic blockade and increasing the number of road checkpoints, Israel had full control over the routes into the occupied territories and was stopping food, medical supplies and fuel from reaching the Palestinians. Israel continued to totally ignore international law and UN resolutions and continued to inflict suffering and pain and committed crimes against the Palestinian people. In Afghanistan, the domestic war and intervention of other countries in the internal affairs of Afghanistan had made it difficult for Afghan people to live in peace in their own country.
SOUSAN SAFAVERDI, of the Network of Women's NGOs in the Islamic Republic of Iran, said that there was a clear case in point for the double standard approach in the multifaceted violation of human rights in Palestine. The actions causing such pain for the Palestinians were clear examples of the organized violation of the human rights, which led to the displacement of millions of Palestinians, mass murders, discrimination, torture, kidnapping, imprisonment and occupation of land being inhabited by the Palestinians, as well as Muslims and true inhabitants of the land. The silence of the international community and the sustaining support of the western countries and the United States in particular for the Zionist regime had embodied it to shamelessly ignore the resolutions by the General Assembly and the United Nations. The western countries' refusal to condemn the Zionist regime and their accusation of the third world countries of violation of human rights, had encouraged the occupying regime of Palestine in its organized crimes against Palestinians, especially their women and children.
MAGOMED MAGOMADOV, of the International Peace Bureau, said that after the tragic attacks of 11 September, a number of countries, such as the Russian Federation, India and Israel, under the pretext of combatting terrorism, were committing heinous crimes against the civilian populations of Chechnya, Jammu and Kashmir, and Palestine. ...
E. BENMERZOUK, of Association tunisienne des droits de l'enfant et de la mere, said that if terrorism was taking root on the planet, it was because human beings continued to believe in absolute dogmas used to motivate their actions. The terror that had hit New York and violations of the rights of the Palestinian people were a manifestation of dogmatism, intolerance and extremism. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who was elected democratically, had twisted democracy, sowing horror and terror among a people fighting for their dignity by throwing stones. Paradoxically, this intolerance and extremism flourished in an environment of freedom and democracy. Extremism and intolerance had no place in the world.
ELIAS KHOURI, of the Union of Arab Jurists, said that since its birth in 1948 on the land of Palestine, Israel had been using terrible methods of aggression and terrorism against the people of the region and continued to usurp the lands of its neighbours to construct settlements. Israel had been committing all sorts of crimes against the Palestinian people, including collective and individual killings, destruction of houses, and confiscation of lands and properties. Israel had re-occupied Ramallah and the rest of the territories which were under Palestinian administration and had demolished the existing infrastructure. It was carrying out terror, racism and ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian people in the name of combatting terrorism.