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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
2 November 2011


General Assembly
GA/11167

              Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-sixth General Assembly
Plenary
48th & 49th Meetings (AM & PM)

PRESENTING ANNUAL REPORT, HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL PRESIDENT TELLS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

2011 REVIEW PROCESS PROVIDED MOMENTUM FOR BODY TO 'RISE ABOVE GROUP POLITICS'

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Background

The Assembly met today ...

It was also expected to take up the report of the Human Rights Council (document A/66/53 and A/66/53/Add.1), which contains the resolutions, decisions and President’s statements adopted by the Council from 23 December 2010 through 21 October 2011 at its sixteenth (28 February – 25 March 2011), seventeenth (30 May – 17 June 2011) and eighteenth (12-30 September and 21 October 2011) sessions and at its fourteenth (23 December 2010), fifteenth (25 February 2011), sixteenth (29 April 2011), and seventeenth (22 and 23 August 2011) special sessions.  An index of topics considered by the Council in its resolutions, decisions and President’s statements appears at the end of the report.


Opening Remarks and Presentation of Report of Human Rights Council

Opening the discussion, PETER THOMSON (Fiji) delivered a statement of General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, saying that human rights was one of the core agendas of the United Nations.  As a relatively young entity of the system, the Human Rights Council had grown and developed considerably in responding to the needs of ensuring all human rights for all around the world.  It had acted quickly and responded to many situations, and it had also promoted dialogue and cooperation among States.

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Statements

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ANAYANSI.RODRIGUEZ CAMEJO ( Cuba) ...

The Council had demonstrated its capacity to address urgent human rights situations, she continued.  It had studied grave violations of human rights perpetuated by Israel against the Palestinian people.  ...

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FARAH ALGHARABALLY ( Kuwait) ...

In affirming the established principles of Kuwait’s foreign policy, he said that much humanitarian assistance was provided through both governmental and non-governmental organizations.  It had established a voluntary contribution to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in support of its functions.  However, he said it was necessary to strongly denounce the oppressive Israeli policy that continued to affect the helpless Palestinian population in the occupied territory.  He called on Israel to reverse its expansionist policies and further called on States to uphold their responsibilities in that regard.

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MAGED A. ABDELAZIZ ( Egypt) ...

Egypt reiterated the central role of the Council in ensuring respect for human rights and international humanitarian law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, he said, as well as the full compliance of Israel with its international obligations, including full cooperation with the special rapporteurs and the fact-finding missions mandated by the Council. ...

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ABDUL GHAFOOR MOHAMMED ( Maldives) ...

...   He expressed unwavering support for an independent Palestinian State, and concern about the human rights situation in Gaza, urging measures to protect the rights of the Palestinians.  ...

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