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Source: Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR)
Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP)
31 July 1993



July 1993

Volume XVI, Bulletin No. 7



Contents

Page
I.
    TENTH UNITED NATIONS NORTH AMERICAN REGIONAL NGO SYMPOSIUM ON THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE, HELD AT UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK, FROM 30 JUNE TO 2 JULY 1993
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II.
    COMMISSION ON HUMAN SETTLEMENTS ADOPTS RESOLUTION RELATING TO HOUSING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE
2
III.
    COUNCIL OF THE LEAGUE OF ARAB STATES ADOPTS RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE OCCUPIED SYRIAN ARAB GOLAN
4
IV.
    NETHERLANDS CONTRIBUTES TWO MILLION GUILDERS TO UNRWA EMERGENCY PROGRAMMES
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V.
    ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL ADOPTS THREE RESOLUTIONS AND ONE DECISION CONCERNING THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE
6
VI.
    UNCTAD'S ASSISTANCE TO THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE:EXCERPT FROM REPORT BY UNCTAD SECRETARIAT
12
VII.
    NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION
13




I. TENTH UNITED NATIONS NORTH AMERICAN REGIONAL NGO SYMPOSIUM
ON THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE IS HELD IN NEW YORK
FROM 30 JUNE TO 2 JULY 1993


The Tenth United Nations North American Regional NGO Symposium on the Question of Palestine on the theme "Building for Peace and Palestine: Priorities for the Second Decade of the NGO movement", was held at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 30 June to 2 July 1993 in accordance with General Assembly resolution 46/74 A of 11 December 1992. The Symposium followed the thirty-third United Nations Seminar, which took place on 28 and 29 June 1993.

The Symposium was attended by representatives of 56 NGOs from the United States and Canada, 7 as observers. Also present were a number of governmental and intergovernmental observers as well as representatives of United Nations specialized agencies.

H.E. Mr. Alcibiades Hidalgo Basulto (Cuba), Vice Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, chaired the opening and closing sessions of the Symposium.

The opening session was addressed by the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, who read out a message from Mr. Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Mr. Larry Ekin, Chairman of the North American Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine (NACC), served as Moderator of the Symposium. The Rev. Ibrahim Ayyad, President of the Palestine Committee for NGOs, addressed the closing session.

Five plenaries were established. The first considered the main topic of the Symposium "Building for peace and Palestine: priorities for the second decade of the NGO movement". Statements were made by: Mr. Don Betz, Chairman of the International Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine and Vice-President of University Relations at Northeastern State University, Oklahoma; Mr. Paul Findley, former Member of the United States House of Representatives; and, Mr. Asmi Bishara, Professor of Philosophy at Bir Zeit University.

The second plenary was entitled "Rights, resources, refugees: the need for protection". Papers on this subject were presented by Mr. Jonathan Kuttab, a human rights lawyer and Director of the Mandela Institute for Political Prisoners in the West Bank; and, by Mr. Muhammad Hallaj, Director of the Centre for Policy Analysis on Palestine and a Member of the Palestine National Council.

At the third plenary, entitled "Ending the occupation: a prelude to peace and security", presentations were made by Ms. Roni Ben Efrat, an Israeli peace activist, a founding member of "Women in Black" and also a member of the editorial staff of Etgar/Challenge magazine; Mr. Muhammad Hallaj; and Mr. Atif Kubursi, Professor of Economics at McMaster University, Canada, and adviser on refugee issues to the Minister of External Affairs of that country.

The fourth plenary heard reports and recommendations from the five workshops of the Symposium and the seven standing committees established by NACC to strengthen NGO coordination and cooperation.

Workshops were held on the following topics: Media skills and stereotypes; The Clinton Administration and the United States Congress: assessing the opportunities; Assuming protection: United Nations and the Fourth Geneva Convention; Seeds of a new society: the welfare of women and children under occupation; and Refugees and invisible transfers.

The standing committees took up the following themes: government and public policy; human rights and international law; material aid and economic development; media and public education; mobilizing religious organizations; mobilizing labour; and mobilizing women's organizations.

The fifth plenary, entitled "NGO priorities for the second decade", heard statements from: Mr. Don Betz; Ms. Mia Adjali, Director of the United Methodist Office for the United Nations; and, Mr. Jim Graff, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and Vice-Chairman of NACC.

The participants elected a new Coordinating Committee for the North American region and charged it with preparing a final statement to guide NGO action for the future.

The full report of the Symposium will be issued in due course as a special bulletin of the United Nations Division for Palestinian Rights.




II. COMMISSION ON HUMAN SETTLEMENTS ADOPTS RESOLUTION
RELATING TO HOUSING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE


At the 7th plenary meeting of its fourteenth session on 5 May 1993, the Commission on Human Settlements adopted the following resolution (see A/48/8):

"Housing requirements for the Palestinian people

"...

"Recalling Security Council resolution 465 (1980) of 1 March 1980,

"Recalling also the relevant General Assembly resolutions on assistance to the Palestinian people and living conditions of the Palestinian people, in particular, resolutions 40/170 of 17 December 1985 and 42/190 of 11 December 1987,

"Recalling its resolution 13/6 of 8 May 1991,

"Noting with satisfaction the report of the Executive Director of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) on housing requirements of the Palestinian people (HS/C/14/2/Add.1),

"Noting also that bilateral peace talks are now taking place in Washington D.C. between delegations from Palestine and Israel which will include housing issues,

"Considering that the issue of housing for the Palestinian people falls within the mandate of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat),

"1. Requests the Secretary-General, in consultation with the Executive Director of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) and in cooperation with the Palestine Liberation Organization, to take all the appropriate measures for the implementation of a national Palestinian housing strategy in the light of the report of the Executive Director and the recommendations contained therein in accordance with the Global Strategy for Shelter to the Year 2000, as soon as possible;

"2. Calls upon the Israeli occupation authorities to implement the following in order to enable the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories to secure their housing requirements:
III. COUNCIL OF THE LEAGUE OF ARAB STATES ADOPTS RESOLUTION
CONCERNING THE OCCUPIED SYRIAN ARAB GOLAN
AND OTHER OCCUPIED ARAB TERRITORIES


At its ninety-ninth ordinary session, the Council of the League of Arab States adopted the following resolution on 19 April 1993 (see S/25991):

"The occupied Syrian Arab Golan

IV. NETHERLANDS CONTRIBUTES TWO MILLION GUILDERS
TO UNRWA EMERGENCY PROGRAMMES


The following press release was issued by UNRWA on 14 June 1993 (see PAL/1797):
V. ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL ADOPTS THREE RESOLUTIONS AND
ONE DECISION RELEVANT TO THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE


At its substantive session of 1993 held from 28 June to 30 July at Geneva, the Economic and Social Council adopted the following:

"1993/15. Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women

"The Economic and Social Council,

"Having considered with appreciation the report of the Secretary-General on the situation of Palestinian women in the occupied territory 1/ and previous reports concerning the situation of Palestinian women inside and outside the occupied Palestinian territory,

"Recalling the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women, in particular paragraph 260 thereof,

"Recalling also its resolution 1992/16 of 21 July 1992 and its other relevant resolutions,

"Deeply concerned about the additional suffering of women and children living under occupation,

"Expressing special concern about the tragic situation of the Palestinian women in the occupied Palestinian territory, which has been dangerously deteriorating at all levels,

"Deeply alarmed by the deteriorating condition of Palestinian women and children in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, as a result of the continued Israeli violation of Palestinian human rights and oppressive measures, including collective punishments, curfews, demolition of houses, closure of schools and universities, mass deportation, confiscation of land and settlement activities and denial of family unification, which are illegal and contrary to the relevant provisions of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949,2/

"1. Reaffirms that for Palestinian women, equality, self-reliance and integration in the national development plan can be achieved only through the termination of the Israeli occupation and the attainment of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people;

"2. Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, accept the de jure applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and to respect the provisions of the Convention;

"3. Appeals to Governments, financial organizations of the United Nations system, non-governmental organizations and other relevant institutions to provide financial assistance to Palestinian women towards the creation of specific projects for them, in support of their attempts to achieve full integration in the development process of their society;

"4. Requests the Commission on the Status of Women to continue monitoring the implementation of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women, in particular paragraph 260 concerning assistance to Palestinian women;

"5. Requests the Secretary-General to assist in and review the situation of Palestinian women using all available resources, including missions of experts to the occupied Palestinian territory and to submit to the Commission, at its thirty-eighth session, a report on the implementation of the present resolution, containing recommendations and a programme of action aimed at improving the situation of Palestinian women under Israeli occupation."
43rd plenary meeting
27 July 1993

Notes

1/ E/CN.6/1993/10.

2/ United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, No. 973.




        "1993/52.
Economic and social repercussions of the Israeli settlements
on the Palestinian people in the Palestinian territory,
including Jerusalem, occupied since 1967, and on
the Arab population of the occupied Syrian Golan

"The Economic and Social Council,

"Recalling General Assembly resolution 47/172 of 22 December 1992,

"Recalling also its resolution 1992/57 of 31 July 1992,

"Guided by the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and affirming the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force, and Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) of 22 November 1967 and 497 (1981) of 17 December 1981,

"Recalling also Security Council resolution 465 (1980) of 1 March 1980 and other resolutions affirming the applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967,

"Expressing its concern at the establishment, by the Israeli occupying Power, of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory and other Arab territories occupied since 1967, including the settlements of new immigrants therein,

"Welcoming the Middle East peace process started at Madrid on 30 October 1991 and recognizing that a complete freeze of settlement activity would significantly enhance the prospects for progress in this process,

"1. Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General;1/

"2. Deplores the establishment of settlements by Israel in the Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and the other Arab territories occupied since 1967, and regards the settlements as illegal and an obstacle to peace;

"3. Recognizes the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli settlements on the Palestinian people in the Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, occupied by Israel since 1967, and on the Arab population of the occupied Syrian Golan;

"4. Strongly deplores Israel's practices in the occupied Palestinian territory and other Arab territories occupied since 1967, in particular its confiscation of land, its appropriation of water resources, its depletion of other economic resources and its displacement and deportation of the population of those territories;

"5. Reaffirms the inalienable right of the Palestinian people and the population of the occupied Syrian Golan to their natural and all other economic resources, and regards any infringement thereof as being without any legal validity;

"6. Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly at its forty-ninth session, through the Economic and Social Council, a report on the progress made in the implementation of the present resolution."

45th plenary meeting
29 July 1993

Notes

1/ A/48/188-E/1991/78.




"1993/78. Assistance to the Palestinian people

"The Economic and Social Council,

"Recommends to the General Assembly the adoption of the following draft resolution:

"Assistance to the Palestinian people

46th plenary meeting
30 July 1993

Notes

1/ See A/48/168-E/1993/62 and Corr.1.




"1993/253. Question of the violation of human rights in theoccupied Arab territories,
including Palestine


"At its 44th plenary meeting, on 28 July 1993, the Council, noting Commission on Human Rights resolution 1993/2 A of 15 February 1993, approved the Commission's decision to appoint a special rapporteur with the following mandate:

"(a) To investigate Israel's violations of the principles and bases of international law, international humanitarian law and the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967;

"(b) To receive communications, to hear witnesses, and to use such modalities of procedure as he may deem necessary for his mandate;

"(c) To report, with his conclusions and recommendations, to the Commission on Human Rights at its future sessions, until the end of the Israeli occupation of those territories."




VI. UNCTAD'S ASSISTANCE TO THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE:
EXCERPT FROM REPORT BY UNCTAD SECRETARIAT

VII. NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION


A. Inter-parliamentary Council approves report on Middle East questions


At the April 1993 152nd session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union held in New Delhi from 9 to 17 April 1993, the following report of the Committee on Middle East Questions was adopted (see A/48/222, annex VII):

"Views of the members of the Committee

In the course of July, the following information was received by the Division for Palestinian Rights:

1. Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, available from: The American Educational Trust, P.O. Box 53062, Washington, D.C. 20009, United States of America.

2. ADC Times, publication of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Available from: 4201 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20008, United States of America.

3. Israel and Palestine Political Report, available from: Magelan and Association Mashdek Développement, ISSN 0294 1341, Boite Postale 130, 75463 Paris CEDEX 10, France.

4. The Middle East, monthly publication available from: IC Publications Ltd., 7 Coldbath Square, London EC1R 4LQ, United Kingdom.

5. Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding, briefing paper entitled "From Shamir to Rabin: What chance for peace?", available from: 21, Collingham Road, London SW5 ONV, United Kingdom.

6. Middle East International, biweekly publication, available from: P.O. Box 53365, Temple Heights Station, Washington, D.C. 20009, United States of America.

7. The Other Front, weekly bulletin on developments in Israeli society, available from: The Alternative Information Centre, P.O. Box 24278, Jerusalem.

8. The Other Israel, newsletter of the Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, available from: P.O. Box 2542, Holon, Israel 58125.

9. "Surveillance and Defamation, Arab-American Political Rights in Times of Crisis", special report of the Arab-American Institute, available from: 918 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Suite 601, Washington, D.C. 20077-2505.

10. Samed, Palestinian Prison Voices, Mandela Institute for Political Prisoners, available from: P.O. Box 19543, Jerusalem, Israel.

11. April 17, quarterly publication by the Alternative Information Centre, P.O. Box 31417, Jerusalem.



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