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SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 41st MEETING
Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Thursday, 5 April 2001, at 6.15 p.m.
(a) TORTURE AND DETENTION
(b) DISAPPEARANCES AND SUMMARY EXECUTIONS
(c) FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
(d) INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY, ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE, IMPUNITY
(e) RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE
(f) STATES OF EMERGENCY
(g) CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION TO MILITARY SERVICE (continued)
(g) CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION TO MILITARY SERVICE
(agenda item 11) (continued ) (E/CN.4/2001/4, 9 and Add.1 and 2, 10, 11, 14 and Add.1, 58, 59 and Corr.1 and Add.1, 60, 61, 63, 64 and Add.1, 65 and Add.1-3, 66 and Add.1, 67, 68, 69 and Add.1, 116, 137 and Corr.1, 138 and 149; E/CN.4/2001/NGO/2, 16, 23, 31, 47, 49, 50, 52,
64-71, 76, 90-94, 98, 99, 101, 110, 115, 116, 132-135, 137 and Corr.1, 138-145, 150, 159, 167, 168, 181 and 182; A/55/178 and 280 and Add.1 and 2; A/RES/55/89)
10. Mr. TEHRANI (Organization for Defending Victims of Violence) ...
11. In the occupied territories, Israeli military courts continued to violate human rights, and extrajudicial killings, or “liquidations” as the Zionists termed them, continued to be a regular feature of the current crisis. There was also evidence of the extensive use of torture during interrogations by the Israelis. His organization called on the Commission to take effective measures to put an end to such flagrant human rights violations.
13. Mr. ABDULWAHAB (Arab Lawyers Union) said that the horrendous scale of human rights violations being committed by Israel against the unarmed Palestinian people was reflected in the reports of the Human Rights Inquiry Commission (E/CN.4/2001/121) and of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on her visit to the occupied territories (E/CN.4/2001/114), and was daily displayed on television screens and detailed in other media. It was incomprehensible that such violations should enjoy the support of some great Powers in alliance with Israel, which were also obstructing the international community from extending international protection to the Palestinian people. He called for the convening of a special conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to consider such violations. Some major Powers were also obstructing the will of international organizations by prolonging the embargo on the Iraqi people, which had led to the death of one and a half million people and imposed severe deprivations on others. Now that Libya had carried out its commitment regarding the Lockerbie disaster, the time had also come to put an end to the sanctions imposed on the people of that country. Another depressing phenomenon in the sphere of human rights was the relentless prosecution of the war in southern Sudan. There was a profound link between human rights and democracy, full enjoyment of those rights would not be possible without popular participation in all aspects of life, protection of freedom of expression, and establishment of the supremacy of law.