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UNITED NATIONS

HR/CN/931
26 April 1999


COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS ADOPTS RESOLUTIONS ON SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN NIGERIA, LEBANON, IRAN, IRAQ, SUDAN


No-Action Motion on Situation in China Approved by Commission

(Reissued as received.)


GENEVA, 23 April (UN Information Service) -- The Commission on Human Rights this afternoon adopted resolutions on the situation of human rights in Nigeria, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq and Sudan. The Commission also approved a no-action motion not to consider the situation of human rights in China.

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In a resolution adopted by roll-call vote of 49 in favour to 1 against and three abstentions, the Commission deplored continued Israeli violations of human rights in southern Lebanon and west Bekaa, including abduction and arbitrary detention of civilians. It called on Israel to withdraw immediately, totally and unconditionally from all Lebanese territories.

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Action on Draft Resolutions

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In a resolution adopted by roll-call vote of 49 in favour to 1 against and 3 abstentions (E/.CN.4/1999/L.25/Rev.1) on the situation of human rights in southern Lebanon and west Bekaa, the Commission deplored continued Israeli violations of human rights in the regions it had occupied, including abduction and arbitrary detention of civilians, destruction of their dwellings, confiscation of their property, their expulsion from their lands, and the bombardment of villages and civilian areas; called upon Israel to withdraw immediately, totally, and unconditionally from all Lebanese territories and to respect the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Lebanon; called upon the Israeli Government to comply with the relevant Geneva Conventions; and called upon it to refrain from holding the abducted Lebanese citizens incarcerated in its prisons as hostages for bargaining purposes, and to release them immediately along with all other persons arbitrarily detained in the occupied Lebanese territories; affirmed the obligation for Israel to allow the International Committee of the Red Cross, the families of the detainees, and other international humanitarian organizations to resume visits to places of detention in order to verify conditions of detention and the circumstances of the decease of some detainees from the after-effects of ill-treatment or torture; and requested the Secretary-General to bring the present resolution to the attention of the Government of Israel and to invite it to provide information regarding its implementation.

The result of the vote was as follows:

In favour: Austria, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bostwana, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Cuba, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Against: United States.

Abstentions: Argentina, Liberia and Romania.

DAVID PELEG (Israel) said the draft resolution was completely wrong from a factual point of view. Israel accepted Security Council resolution 425. However, Israel would not withdraw from the territory without knowing that Israeli citizens in the area would not be harmed.

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