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UNITED
NATIONS
E

        Economic and Social Council
Distr.
GENERAL
E/CN.4/1997/SR.49
12 June 1997

ENGLISH
Original: FRENCH

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Fifty-third session

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 49th MEETING

Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Wednesday, 9 April 1997, at 10 a.m.

Chairman: Mr. SOMOL (Czech Republic)


CONTENTS

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QUESTION OF THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO COLONIAL AND OTHER DEPENDENT COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES, ... (continued)






This record is subject to correction. Corrections should be submitted in one of the working languages. They should be set forth in a memorandum and also incorporated in a copy of the record. They should be sent within one week of the date of this document to the Official Records Editing Section, room E.4108, Palais des Nations, Geneva. Any corrections to the records of the public meetings of the Commission at this session will be consolidated in a single corrigendum, to be issued shortly after the end of the session.



The meeting was called to order at 10.15 a.m.

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QUESTION OF THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO COLONIAL AND OTHER DEPENDENT COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES, ...

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60. Mr. NSEIR (Observer for the Syrian Arab Republic) pointed out that southern Lebanon and the western Bekaa had been under Israeli occupation since 1978 in spite of the many Security Council resolutions demanding Israel's immediate and unconditional withdrawal from Lebanese territory. The occupation constituted a violation of human rights, as did the daily Israeli practices consisting in random bombardments of towns and villages, the destruction of houses and crops and forcible displacement of the population. This was illustrated by the massacre at the village of Kana, which cost the lives of about 100 women and children who believed that they had found refuge in one of the main bases of the United Nations forces, which was knowingly bombarded by Israel.

61. Moreover, Israel was continuing to engage in acts of violence and repression against civilians, hundreds of whom were being detained in Khiyam prison where torture and ill-treatment were commonplace. Likewise, in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, the detainees in Israeli prisons were being refused visits by their families and representatives of humanitarian organizations.

62. Everyone was aware of the present Israel Government's responsibility for sabotaging the peace process. That Government was acting in a hypocritical manner, speaking of peace while refusing to respect international conventions and honour the commitments made within the framework of the Madrid Conference. Accordingly, he called upon the Commission to condemn the human rights violations that Israel was committing in southern Lebanon and the western Bekaa.

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The meeting rose at 1.05 p.m.


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