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        General Assembly
23 August 2005

Original: English

Sixtieth session
Item 33 of the provisional agenda*
Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli
Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian
People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories

Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

Report of the Secretary-General

1. The present report is submitted in pursuance of General Assembly resolution 59/124 of 10 December 2004, the operative part of which reads as follows:
2. On 14 July 2005, the Secretary-General addressed a note verbale to the Government of Israel, in which he requested, in view of his reporting responsibilities under the resolution, that the Government inform him of any steps it had taken, or envisaged taking, concerning the implementation of the relevant provisions of the above-mentioned resolution.

3. No reply had been received at the time of the preparation of the present report.

4. In response to the note verbale sent to all permanent missions by the Secretary-General on 14 July 2005, the Permanent Mission of Cuba providing the following information.

5. The Government of Cuba placed great importance on the efforts of the United Nations system to promote the right of the Palestinian people to their own State, with East Jerusalem at its capital, and to end the Israeli occupation and secure a lasting peace that would restore the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

6. Cuba condemned the construction of the “Separation Wall” as one of the gravest breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The sole purpose of the wall was to create an artificial frontier to further confine the population of the occupied territories. In this regard, the Government recalled the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice.

7. Cuba also condemned the expansion of Israeli settlements, the construction of new ones, the confiscation of Palestinian land, the forced expulsion of the Arab population, the denial of freedom of movement and the demolition of dwellings. It further condemned the disproportionate use of force against civilians and the creation of a humanitarian crisis by Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

8. Israel had been able to act with impunity because the United States had repeatedly used its veto in the Security Council. The Government of Cuba called upon the United Nations, and especially the Council, to assume its responsibilities and to act to restart the negotiations leading to a just and lasting peace in the region. It also called upon the Government of Israel to respect its obligations under international humanitarian law and international law.

9. It was the responsibility of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, her Office and the special procedures of the Commission on Human Rights to denounce the continuing genocide against the Palestinian people and to present recommendations for the respect of their human rights, beginning with the right to life. In that regard, the Government of Cuba considered it vital to carry out the actions mentioned in paragraph 5 of the Declaration on Palestine adopted by the XIV Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement held in Durban, South Africa, on 19 August 2004.

* A/60/150.


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