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UNITED NATIONS

CHR/SC/0103
1 August 2001

SUBCOMMISSION ON PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
HEARS ALLEGATIONS OF VIOLATIONS AROUND WORLD


The Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights began this morning its annual review of the 'question of the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms', hearing statements from a series of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) contending that abuses were occurring in numerous countries around the world.

The Subcommission, under instruction from its parent body, the Commission on Human Rights, does not field resolutions on situations in particular countries but reflects its debate on this agenda item in its summary records. The morning meeting was taken up largely with the remarks of NGOs, of which a long series -- as occurs every year -- had registered to speak.

NGOs charged that human-rights violations were occurring in Afghanistan, India (including Jammu and Kashmir), Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, Sudan, Yemen, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Egypt, Tunisia, Brazil, Guatemala, Algeria, the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation, Israel-occupied Palestine, Indonesia (the Moluccas), Turkey, Japan, Malaysia, Cameroon, Mexico, the United States (Puerto Rico), the Western Sahara, and Pakistan.

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Statements

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A. KAMAROTOS, of Medecins du Monde International, ...

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It was also difficult to treat Palestinian victims in hospitals. Medecins du Monde International called for the respect of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The Gaza Strip had been sealed off by the Israeli forces, and there were hundreds of checkpoints on the road. Sixty six per cent of the Palestinian population were isolated and had no access to health care. There had been numerous deaths because of the sealing off of the occupied territories.

MAQBOOL AHMAD, of the World Muslim Congress, ...

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The people of Palestine were under repressive occupation and all their civil, political, economic and social rights were systematically denied by Israel, which had chosen a collision course instead of pursuing peace. ...

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MUHAMMAD SAFI, of the International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations, said that to his deep regret, the situation of human rights in many parts of the world had deteriorated over the last year. Certain situations such as the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territories and in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir were of particular and grave concern. There were a number of common factors shared by these two situations countries. In both cases, the occupying power held on to their illegal occupation against the wishes of the people of the occupied territories in defiance of Security Council resolutions. Both had reneged from their obligations under the resolutions. Both Israel and India had expressed their preference for fascist practices and a policy of repression against civilian and unarmed populations. They had both circumvented the negotiations with the representatives of the occupied people on one pretext or the other. Also, both countries had deployed disproportionate force to suppress the legitimate political aspirations of the occupied people.

Israel had used the cover of security concerns to justify its brutal force against Palestinian people, while India on the other hand had used the terms separatists and terrorists to camouflage its brutal use of force against the Kashmiri people. While there was welcome progress in the apparent reconciliation between the two countries, India should be condemned strongly for its occupation and unabated campaign of violence against the Kashmiri people.

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FRANCOISE JANE HAMPSON, Subcommission Expert, said that some might argue that there was no reason for the Subcommission to continue its discussion of violations in specific countries if it could no longer pass resolutions on the matter. She disagreed. Silence was the best friend of human rights violations. Yesterday an Israeli attack had killed eight people, including two children. Israel called this a strategy for active defense, but it appeared to be a policy of assassination. If Israel had evidence that the victims of such attacks were guilty of violations of law, it should arrest them and bring them to trial. Nothing of the sort had even been attempted by Israel, and attacks of the sort it had carried out did not observe judicial standards and of course risked damage to innocent people, as had occurred yesterday.

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