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        General Assembly
30 April 2009

Original: ENGLISH



Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Thursday, 23 April 2009, 10 a.m.

President: Mr. WAKO (Kenya)
later: Mr. PORTALES (Chile)

later: Ms. FARANI AZEVÊDO (Brazil)


The meeting was called to order at 10.20 a.m.



Mr. ATTAR (Saudi Arabia) ...


The population of the occupied Arab territories, particularly the Palestinian people, was subjected to a number of racist practices. The racist wall of separation had had serious economic, social and cultural consequences for the Palestinians: both Christian and Muslim Palestinians were prevented from exercising their right to freedom of worship as they were denied access to their holy places in Jerusalem and coerced into leaving the city. Meanwhile, the construction of settlements continued. He drew attention in that connection to paragraph 151 of the Declaration, which addressed the situation of the Palestinian people.


28. Mr. GOMES (Guyana), after expressing support for the statements by previous speakers on the continuing consequences of the transatlantic slave trade, colonialism and the genocide of indigenous peoples, said that the Palestinian people continued to be the victims of injustice, a situation that should be urgently addressed. Following the recent assault on Gaza, which had resulted in the loss of life, destruction of property and injury to countless innocent people, his delegation once again called for those responsible to be brought to justice in accordance with international law.


65. Mr. ALFARARGI (Observer for the League of Arab States) ...


66. The Arab Charter of Human Rights adopted by the League of Arab States condemned racism and racial discrimination. It also condemned Israel’s practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, which were a violation of international human rights law. Palestinians living in Israel were also repressed daily and driven from their homes. The Conference should condemn current Israeli policy, which was a matter of great concern to the League. ...


79. Mr. GAMALELDIN (Observer for the Pan-African Parliament) ...


82. Regrettably, the end of apartheid in South Africa did not signal the end of all forms of racial discrimination. The recent, brutal aggression against the Palestinian people of Gaza in 2008 constituted the worst form of racism and racial discrimination. The Review Conference must not remain silent with regard to those crimes against humanity.

The meeting rose at 1 p.m.

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