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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
General Assembly
25 October 2006



General Assembly
GA/SHC/3861

        Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-first General Assembly
Third Committee
29th & 30th Meetings (AM & PM)

NEW COUNTER-TERRORISM LEGISLATION COULD UNDERMINE HUMAN RIGHTS,

FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS, THIRD COMMITTEE TOLD
 

Committee also Hears Experts on Violence Against Women;
Right to Food; Effects on Economic Reform Policies, Foreign Debt


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Background

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met, today, to continue its general discussion of human rights questions.  For additional background, please see Press Releases GA/SHC/3856, GA/SHC/3857, GA/SHC/3858 and GA/SHC/3860 of 17, 18, 19 and 23 October, respectively.

The Committee also was scheduled to hear the introduction of draft resolutions on trafficking in women and girls (document A/C.3/61/L.11) and on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (document A/C.3/61/L.15).

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Violence Against Women

YAKIN ERTÜRK, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, said violence against women was a form of terrorism that, hopefully, could be overcome.  ...

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Discussion

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To the representative of Libya, she said that rape had been defined as a crime against humanity, and that if he looked at her report on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, he would see that she had addressed the matter of women under foreign occupation in a very comprehensive manner.

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Right to Food

JEAN ZIEGLER, Special Rapporteur on the right to food, said the number of people suffering from hunger had increased to 852 million, with a child dying, from hunger and malnutrition-related diseases, every five seconds.  ...

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He noted the heavy toll, from food crises, across Africa, adding that the effects of conflicts in Sudan, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories, and Sri Lanka also had severe impacts on the right to food, for thousands of people.  ...

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Discussion

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Responding to the representatives of Egypt and Palestine, he said the situation in Gaza had been absolutely dramatic, with 15.9 per cent of people under the age of 15 permanently undernourished.  More than 70 per cent of the people had only one regular meal a day, and over 80 per cent lived off foreign aid.  It had become a humanitarian tragedy due, essentially, to the military closure measures of the Israeli Government.  The security measures invoked had been logical, but they were a clear violation of the right to food.  Damage suffered by Palestinian peasants, as a result of the wall, had to be compensated by Israel.

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Responding to the representative of Israel, he said he would have liked to have gone to Israel, but could not, and therefore, he could not speak about the damage done to agricultural lands there, by Hizbollah rockets.  It was a matter of Lebanese sovereignty, as to whether Hizbollah was a terrorist organization or not.  The Special Rapporteur had met members of Hizbollah in the Government, while in Lebanon, who had been legitimately elected.

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