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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/C.3/58/SR.48
25 May 2004

English
Original: French

Fifty-eighth session
Official Records



Third Committee

Summary record of the 37th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Monday, 10 November 2003, at 10 a.m.

Chairman: Mr. Belinga-Eboutou ................................................................... (Cameroon)

later: Ms. Londoño (Vice-Chairperson) ................................... (Slovakia)



Contents

Agenda item 106: Social development, including questions relating to the world social situation and to youth, ageing, disabled persons and the family ( continued)

Agenda item 117: Human rights questions (continued)

(b) Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fumdamental freedoms

(c) Human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives

(e) Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Agenda item 112. Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, questions relating to refugees, returnees and displaced persons and humanitarian questions



The meeting was called to order at 3.15 p.m.

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Agenda item 117: Human rights questions (continued)

(b) Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms (A/58/118, A/58/118/Corr.1, A/58/121, A/58/181, A/58/181/Add.1, A/58/185, A/58/185/Add.1, A/58/185/Add.2, A/58/186, A/58/212, A/58/255, A/58/257, A/58/261, A/58/266, A/58/268, A/58/275, A/58/276, A/58/276/Add.1, A/58/279, A/58/296, A/58/309, A/58/317, A/58/318, A/58/330, A/58/380, A/58/533 and A/C.3/58/9, A/C.3/58/L.46 and A/C.3/58/L.47)

(c) Human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives (A/58/127, A/58/218, A/58/219, A/58/325, A/58/334, A/58/338, A/58/379, A/58/393, A/58/421, A/58/427, A/58/448, A/58/534 and A/C.3/58/6)

(e) Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (A/58/36)

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Resumption of the general debate

8. Mrs. Al Haj Ali (Syrian Arab Republic) said that in recent years consideration for human rights had regressed alarmingly. The phenomenon was attributable to so-called human-rights defenders. Indeed, some States did not respect human rights. Hiding behind deceptive justifications, they even protected the perpetrators of human-rights violations, such as those committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

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15. Regrettably, the terminology used in the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (A/58/36), particularly the reference to the rights-based approach, had not been previously agreed upon by all Member States, and was not particularly constructive. The transparency of the report of the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967 was laudable. It referred to Israeli violations of both international and Palestinian law, the construction of the wall and the expansion of the illegal colonies. Lastly, the report of the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on freedom of religion or belief concerning the elimination of all forms of religious intolerance (A/58/296) showed that the fight against terrorism was used to pursue socio-economic goals. The common combat against terrorism was fundamental but a distinction should be drawn between terrorism as a crime and the right to resist occupation.

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The meeting rose at 5.05 p.m.


This record is subject to correction. Corrections should be sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned within one week of the date of publication to the Chief of the Official Records Editing Section, room DC2-750, 2 United Nations Plaza, and incorporated in a copy of the record.

Corrections will be issued after the end of the session, in a separate corrigendum for each Committee.



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