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UNITED NATIONS
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Fifty-seventh General Assembly
Third Committee
14th and 15th Meetings (AM & PM)
GA/SHC/3697
10 October 2002



TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS CONDEMNED, AS THIRD COMMITTEE

CONTINUES DEBATE ON WOMEN’S ISSUES

Committee Approves Seven Draft
Resolutions On Crime Prevention, Drug Control


As the General Assembly’s Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) continued its consideration of the advancement of women in two sessions today, many speakers expressed concern about and condemned trafficking in human beings as a new form of slavery that disproportionately affected women.

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Background

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met today to continue its consideration of matters related to the advancement of women, including implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women and of "Women 2000", the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly.

The Committee was also expected to take action on a number of draft resolutions on items considered earlier in its session -- crime prevention and international drug control, and on issues relate to social development, including questions related to the world social situation.

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Statements

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AHMED YAGOB (Libya) ...

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... In addressing issues related to the protection of women and girls, he said, one could not fail to mention the grave crimes committed by the Israeli regime in the occupied Palestinian territories against women and girls.

Ms. SAMARA (Jordan) ...

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... The situation in the occupied Palestinian territories had negatively affected Palestinian women, and she called for the immediate return to the negotiation table.

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Advancement of Women

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Ms. AL-SABA (Kuwait) ...

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She said women suffered violence and mistreatment despite a great number of instruments aimed at guaranteeing the protection and promotion of their rights. Kuwait would draw attention in that regard to the plight of the Palestinian women, who continued to suffer grave injustices due to the Israeli occupation.  Kuwait would also applaud those women, who had, despite the deleterious effects of the occupation, been able to make limited progress.  She called on the international community to ensure the promotion and protection of the fundamental rights of all women.

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Statements Exercising Right of Reply

The representative of Israel, ...

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With regard to the “activist” Ms. Khaled, he said that she had been a member of the National Front for the Liberation of Palestine and had been involved in two plane hijackings and had been captured and released in a prisoner exchange.  In an appearance this year on Al-Jazeera TV, she had insisted that women must take part in suicide bombings against Israel.  Such people or terrorists were not to be held up as an example of good citizenship, he said.




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