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Rapport du Conseil des droits de l’homme/la situation des droits de l’homme dans le territoire palestinien occupé - Début de l’AG - Procès-verbal (extraits)
14 November 2012
th plenary meeting
Wednesday, 14 November 2012, 10 a.m.
In the absence of the President, Mr. Charles (Trinidad and Tobago) took the Chair.
The meeting was called to order at 10.10 a.m.
Agenda item 64
Report of the Human Rights Council
(Uruguay), President of the Human Rights Council (
spoke in Spanish
): It is a great honour for me to come before the Assembly today for the second time to present the annual report of the Human Rights Council (
The Council also discussed the long-standing human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territories by, for example, establishing an international fact-finding mission to investigate the impact of the Israeli settlements on the human rights of the Palestinian people. The Council will consider the mission’s report at its next session, in March.
spoke in Arabic
As we discuss the issue of human rights and the need to respect the humanity of the individual, we cannot but strongly condemn the oppressive Israeli practices and policies that persist in violating the most basic human rights of the unarmed Palestinian people in the occupied territories. We call on the international community to take up its responsibility to force Israel, the occupying Power, to abide by resolutions of international legitimacy, to cease its aggressive, tyrannical policies, and to respect international humanitarian law and the principles of human rights.
Thirdly, Malaysia welcomes the Council’s continued attention to the human rights situation inflicted by Israel on the Palestinian people in the occupied territories. We must never forget that the core issue for the Palestinians is their inalienable right to statehood. Malaysia strongly supports the legitimate right of the Palestinian people to an independent State of Palestine, based on the two-State solution, taking into account the security concerns of both parties. We urge the Council to continue to press the issue and to ensure that the Palestinians are afforded their basic rights as human beings, including their right to an independent State.
We have an obligation to strengthen and respect the institutional balance between the roles of the principal organs of the United Nations in addressing human rights issues, with a particular emphasis on economic, social and cultural dimensions. In doing so, we must reject the attempts of some to impose their values, concepts and perceptions, as well as the standards of their justice and legal systems, all the while promulgating certain controversial notions that do not take into account the diversity of the social, cultural, religious and legislative values of various nations.
It is therefore incumbent on us to reiterate our commitment not to politicize the Council and to reaffirm its central role in ensuring respect for all human rights and international humanitarian law for all Member States and peoples, without exception or discrimination, in particular in occupied territories, and most importantly, in Palestine. We have to fulfil our responsibility to ensure full compliance by Israel, the occupying Power, with all its international obligations, including its commitment to cooperate fully with the Council’s resolutions and with the Special Rapporteur and the fact-finding missions mandated by the Human Rights Council to investigate gross violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories. In that regard, Egypt deplores Israel’s decision to suspend its relation with the Human Rights Council. We consider that a dangerous precedent, which will, unless firmly dealt with, undermine the effective functioning of the Council and its mandate.
(Syrian Arab Republic) (
spoke in Arabic
We have read with deep interest the Council’s report (A/67/53), which covers extremely important topics, especially information about violations of human rights in the occupied Arab territories, the Syrian Golan and the Palestinian territories. The Syrian Golan has been under an unjust Israeli occupation for 45 years, and despite the Human Rights Council’s demands that Israel, the occupying Power — to use United Nations language — implement the resolutions of all the bodies and agencies of the United Nations, including of course the Human Rights Council, Israel continues to flout said resolutions. The Israelis continue to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity and to openly boast of their crimes, unhindered by any punishment or accountability, while international public opinion continues to ponder seriously why it is that they are exempt from prosecution and accountability.
On the issue of Palestine, Maldives will continue to support the creation of an independent State of Palestine, living side by side and at peace with the State of Israel. We remain, however, deeply concerned by the repeated violations of the human rights of the Palestinians living under appalling conditions in the occupied territories.
The meeting rose at 1.30 p.m.
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