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UNITED
NATIONS
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        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/HRC/12/50
25 February 2010

Original: English

Human Rights Council
Twelfth session
Agenda item 1
Organizational and procedural matters






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VII. Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories

A. Follow-up to Human Rights Council resolution S-9/1

680. At the 23rd meeting, on 29 September 2009, Justice Richard J. Goldstone made a statement on the report of the United Nations fact-finding mission on the Gaza conflict (A/HRC/12/48), pursuant to Council resolution S-9/1.

681. At the same meeting, the representatives of Israel and Palestine made statements as concerned parties.

682. During the ensuing interactive dialogue, at the same meeting and at the 24th meeting on the same day, the following made statements and asked questions:

(a) Representatives of States Members of the Council: Bahrain, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, Egypt (also on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement), Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria (on behalf of the Group of African States), Norway, Pakistan (on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference), Russian Federation, Senegal, South Africa, Sweden 2 (on behalf of the European Union), Tunisia 2 (on behalf of the Group of Arab States), United States of America;

(b) Observers for the following States: Algeria, Iraq, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kuwait, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Oman, Sudan, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Yemen;

(c) Observer for an intergovernmental organization: League of Arab States;

(d) Observer for a national human rights institution: Independent Commission on Human Rights – Palestine;

(e) Observers for non-governmental organizations: Al-Haq, Law in the Service of Man, Amnesty International, Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee, Hadassah, Women’s Zionist Organization of America (also on behalf of United Nations Watch and the European Union of Jewish Students), Hudson Institute (also on behalf of the Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust (Touro Law Center)), Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights.

683. At the 23rd and 24th meetings, on 29 September, Hina Jilani and Justice Richard J. Goldstone answered questions and made concluding remarks.

684. Also at the 24th meeting, on the same day, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights made a statement in relation to the grave violations of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly due to the recent Israeli military attacks against the occupied Gaza Strip, and presented her periodic report on the implementation of Council resolution S-9/1 (A/HRC/12/37).

B. General debate on agenda item 7

685. At its 24th and 25th meetings, on 29 and 30 September 2009, the Council held a general debate on agenda item 7, during which the following made statements:

(a) The representatives of Palestine and the Syrian Arab Republic, as concerned parties;

(b) Representatives of States Members of the Council: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil (also on behalf of India and South Africa), Cuba, Egypt (on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement), Indonesia, Italy, Netherlands, Nigeria (on behalf of the Group of African States), Pakistan (on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference), Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Sweden 2 (on behalf of the European Union, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine), Tunisia 2 (on behalf of the Group of Arab States);

(c) Representatives of the following observer States: Algeria, Australia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iceland, Ireland, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kuwait, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, New Zealand, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Yemen;

(d) Observers for the following intergovernmental organizations: African Union, League of Arab States;

(e) Observers for the following non-governmental organizations: Amnesty International, Association of World Citizens, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Centre Europe Tiers-Monde (also on behalf of the World Federation of Trade Unions), Coordinating Board of Jewish Organization (also on behalf of B’nai B’rith International), Defence for Children International, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Hudson Institute (also on behalf of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists), Institute for Women Studies and Research, International Commission of Jurists, International Federation of Human Rights Leagues, Islamic Human Rights Commission, Maryam Ghasemi Educational Charity Institute, Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peuples, Nord – Sud XXI, Organization for Defending Victims of Violence, Union of Arab Jurist (also on behalf of the International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination), United Nations Watch, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

C. Consideration of and action on draft proposals

The human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

686. At the 31st meeting, on 1 October 2009, the representative of Pakistan (also on behalf of the Group of African States, the Group of Arab States, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the Non-Aligned Movement) made a statement in relation to draft resolution A/HRC/12/L.12, sponsored by Egypt (on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, with the exception of Chile, Cameroon, Guatemala and Panama ), Nigeria (on behalf of the Group of African States, with the exception of Cameroon), Pakistan (on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference) and Tunisia (on behalf of the Group of Arab States).

687. At the same meeting, at the request of the representative of Pakistan, the draft resolution was deferred for consideration by the Council at its thirteenth session.

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