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UNITED
NATIONS
A E

        General Assembly
        Economic and Social Council
Distr.
GENERAL
A/56/3
26 September 2001

Original: English

Fifty-sixth session
Agenda item 12
Report of the Economic and Social Council

Report of the Economic and Social Council for 2001*


*The present report is a preliminary version of those sections of the report of the Economic and Social Council relating to the organizational and resumed organizational sessions for 2001 and the substantive session of 2001. The section relating to the resumed substantive session will be issued as an addendum to the present report. The entire report will be issued in final form as Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifty-sixth Session, Supplement No. 3 (A/56/3/Rev.1).

The resolutions and decisions adopted by the Council at the organizational and resumed organizational sessions for 2001 and the substantive session of 2001 are being issued initially in documents E/2001/INF/2 and Add.1. Those adopted at the resumed substantive session will be issued in document E/2001/INF/2/Add.2. The resolutions and decisions will be issued in final form as Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 2001, Supplement No. 1 (E/2001/99).


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Chapter I

Matters calling for action by or brought to the attention of the General Assembly

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Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan

By resolution 2001/19, the Council requested the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly at its fifty-seventh session, through the Council, a report on the implementation of the resolution.

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Social and human rights questions: human rights

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Question of the violation of human rights in the occupied Arab territories, including Palestine

By decision 2001/246, having approved the request of the Commission on Human Rights in its resolution 2001/7 to the Special Rapporteur to follow up on the implementation of the recommendations contained in the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Human Rights Enquiry Commission, the Council approved the request to the Special Rapporteur to submit reports thereon to the General Assembly at its fifty-sixth session.

Human rights situation of the Lebanese detainees in Israel

By decision 2001/248, having approved the request of the Commission on Human Rights in its resolution 2001/10 to the Secretary-General to bring the resolution to the attention of the Government of Israel and call upon it to comply with the resolution’s provisions, the Council approved the request to the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at its fifty-sixth session on the results of his efforts in that regard.

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Chapter VII

General segment

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F. Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan

46. The Council held a discussion on the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan (agenda item 11) at its 38th and 42nd meetings, on 23 and 25 July 2001 (for the discussion, see E/2001/SR.38 and 42). It had before it a note by the Secretary-General transmitting the report prepared by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia on the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan (A/56/90-E/2001/17).

Action taken by the Council

47. Under item 11, the Council adopted resolution 2001/19.

Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan

48. At the 42nd meeting, on 25 July, the representative of Egypt, on behalf of Afghanistan,3 Algeria,3 Bahrain, Cuba, Egypt, Indonesia, Kuwait,3 Lebanon,3 Libyan Arab Jamahiriya,3 Malaysia,3 Morocco, Oman,3 Pakistan, Palestine,4 Qatar,3 Saudi Arabia, the Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic, the United Arab Emirates3 and Yemen,3 introduced a draft resolution entitled “Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan” (E/2001/L.26).

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I. Social and human rights questions

Recommendations contained in the report of the Commission on the Status of Women on its forty-fifth session

Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women

147. At the 39th meeting, on 24 July, the representative of the United States of America requested a vote and made a statement regarding draft resolution I recommended by the Commission,34 entitled “The situation of and assistance to Palestinian women”.

148. At the same meeting, the representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran made a statement on behalf of the States Members of the United Nations that are members of the Group of 77 and China.

149. Also at the same meeting, the draft resolution was adopted by a roll-call vote of 39 to 1, with 1 abstention. See Council resolution 2001/2. The voting was as follows: 35

In favour:

Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Japan, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sudan, Suriname, Uganda, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Venezuela.

Against:

United States of America.

Abstaining:

Canada.

150. After the resolution was adopted, statements in explanation of vote were made by the representatives of Canada and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

151. At the 40th meeting, on 24 July, the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic made a statement.

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Human rights and indigenous issues

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Question of the violation of human rights in the occupied Arab territories, including Palestine

211. At its 40th meeting, on 24 July, the Council adopted draft decision 3 recommended by the Commission,54 entitled “Question of the violation of human rights in the occupied Arab territories, including Palestine”. See Council decision 2001/246.

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Human rights situation of the Lebanese detainees in Israel

213. At its 40th meeting, on 24 July, the Council adopted draft decision 5 recommended by the Commission,54 entitled “Human rights situation of the Lebanese detainees in Israel”. See Council decision 2001/248.

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Notes

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