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Department of Public Information (DPI)
2 November 2011
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
Sixty-sixth General Assembly
Meetings (AM & PM)
FIVE YEARS AFTER CREATION, HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL HAS COMPLETED APPRAISAL OF HUMAN
RIGHTS SITUATION IN EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, THIRD COMMITTEE TOLD
President Says Council Has Also Demonstrated ‘Ability to Respond to Crises’;
Committee Also Hears 22 More Speakers, Concludes Discussion on Refugee Report
The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met today to consider the report of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Question and Answer Session
The observer of
said she would like to address violations in Gaza, which was still reeling from affects of war three years ago and the five year blockade that violated international law. The recommendations of the fact-finding mission on Gaza were clear and still had not been addressed. How could the situation be addressed and how could those accountable be brought to justice, given the difficulties bringing those issues to the Security Council? What practical steps should the United Nations take to ensure the
recommendations of the fact-finding mission on Gaza
’s representative asked what the Council could do to stop the deadly attacks of rockets and mortars from Gaza on Israeli civilians.
Responding, Ms. LASSERRE said ...
Addressing questions on the Council’s recommendations on the Gaza conflict, she said it fell not only to the Council, but to the delegations most directly involved, to take action. In that regard, Palestine had done so in relation to the relevant agenda item. In addition, the Council had submitted recommendations to the Assembly, which would continue to consider them. She also noted other initiatives within the United Nations to deal with human rights violations, including the work of OHCHR.
Mr. SIAHAAN (
... He added that Indonesia was also concerned about the continuing violations of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
MONIA ALSALEH (
) ... Her Government had carefully examined the Council’s report, since it dealt with important issues such as human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territories and the occupied Syrian Golan. It also dealt with the Gaza conflict and the aid flotilla. Despite the fact that the Council had asked Israeli authorities to implement its recommendations and not to place obstacles before the inquiry, Israel continued to do so. Meanwhile, as war criminals and perpetrators of crimes against humanity continued to flagrantly commit crimes, the entire world was wondering why there was an exception for those people and why they were not brought to justice.
She underscored that there had been an absence of any effort to address human rights violations in developed countries, including racism, inhumane treatment of migrants and refugees, and attempts to prevent developing countries from developing through sanctions. It was unfortunate that the Council ignored the actions of developed countries, since that undermined the Council’s credibility. She stressed that Council resolutions S-16/1 and S-17/1 concerning Syria were based on false information. Moreover, their title and tone were hateful and unprecedented. What was happening in Syria was a series of criminal acts committed by armed groups against Syria and the Syrian people. Yet, a campaign was being undertaken to weaken Syria and to change its political position on the challenges facing the region. There were also attempts to interfere in Syria’s internal affairs and to destroy its political and military structures. In keeping with its obligations, the Syrian Government had submitted to the Universal Periodic Review. It had accepted 98 recommendations and was studying 36.
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