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Source: United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
27 May 2013




HIGH COMMISSIONER PRESENTS UPDATE ON HER OFFICE’S ACTIVITIES AT OPENING OF TWENTY-THIRD REGULAR SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Council Postpones Decision on Holding an Urgent Debate on the Deteriorating Human Rights Situation in Syria
27 May 2013

The Human Rights Council this morning opened its regular twenty-third session, hearing an address from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in which she updated the Council on her Office’s activities  

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Opening Statement by the High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Ms. Pillay .... It was regrettable that serious violations of the rights of Palestinians continued and that Israel was still expanding its settlements in blatant violation of international law. 

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General Debate on the High Commissioner’s Update

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Iran, speaking on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, said the Non-Aligned Movement was profoundly disturbed by the human rights situation in Syria and condemned violations perpetrated by all actors.  It called on Israel to provide information on its investigations of credible allegations of brutal mistreatment of Palestinian detainees.  ...

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Algeria, speaking on behalf of the Arab Group, said the Arab Group was concerned by continued gross violations of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  There had to be a halt to the expansion of settlements and a lifting of the Gaza blockade.  ...

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Qatar ... The High Commissioner was paying a lot of attention to the Occupied Palestinian Territories but the international community had to be firmer. ...

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Ecuador ... The human rights violations committed against the Palestinian people was another major concern, ...

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Malaysia ... called for action with a single voice on the Palestinian prisoners issue ...

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Kuwait condemned the actions of Israel against the Palestinians, as noted by the High Commissioner.  Such flagrant violations went against international humanitarian law and this was true of the expansion of illegal settlements and the detention of Palestinians who had not been charged and who were treated inhumanly.  Kuwait supported the High Commissioner’s call for Israel to investigate the maltreatment of Palestinian detainees. ...

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Brazil ... called for the establishment of a viable independent Palestinian State as the only effective measure to counter perceived human rights violations in the region. ...

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Libya firmly condemned violations of human rights perpetrated by the occupying force in Palestine and was particularly concerned by the situation of Palestinians detained by the occupation force, including women and children.  Libya called upon the Human Rights Council to live up to what was expected of it in this regard. ...

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For use of the information media; not an official record

HRC13/053E

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