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UNITED
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        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/HRC/15/L.10
1 October 2010

Original: English

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




Report of the Human Rights Council on its fifteenth session*

Vice-President and Rapporteur: Ms. Bente Angell-Hansen (Norway)




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*The text of resolutions and decisions adopted by the Human Rights Council will be available on the website of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and will be subsequently included in part one of the final report.

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D. Organization of work

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18. At the 23rd meeting, on 27 September 2010, the President outlined the modalities for the interactive dialogue with the Committee of independent experts in international humanitarian and human rights laws to monitor and assess any domestic, legal or other proceedings undertaken by both the Government of Israel and the Palestinian side, in light of General Assembly resolution 64/254, which would be 3 minutes for States Members of the Council and 2 minutes for observer States, followed by other observers.

19. At the 23rd meeting, on 27 September 2010, the President outlined the modalities for the general debate on agenda item 7, which would be 3 minutes for States Members of the Council and 2 minutes for observer States and other observers.

20. At the 24th meeting, on 27 September 2010, the President outlined the modalities for the interactive dialogue on the report of the international fact-finding mission to investigate violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, resulting from the Israeli attacks on the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian assistance, which would be 3 minutes for States Members of the Council and 2 minutes for observer States and other observers.

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G. Interactive dialogue with members of the international fact-finding mission to investigate violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, resulting from the Israeli attacks on the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian assistance


34. At its 24th meeting, on 27 September 2010, the Chaiperson-Rapporteur of the international fact-finding mission to investigate violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, resulting from the Israeli attacks on the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian assistance, Justice Karl Hudson-Phillips, presented the mission’s report (A/HRC/15/21). The other two members of the mission, Desmond de Silva and Mary Shanti Dairiam, were also present.

35. At the same meeting, the representatives of Israel and Turkey made statements as concerned countries.

36. Also at the same meeting, the representative of Palestine made a statement as a concerned party.

37. During the ensuing discussion at the 25th meeting, on 28 September 2010, the following made statements:

(a) Representatives of States Members of the Council: Bangladesh, Cuba, India1 (also on behalf of Brazil and South Africa), Japan, Jordan, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan (on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Thailand, United States of America;

(b) Representatives of the following observer States: Algeria, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, South Africa, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates, Yemen;

(c) Observer for an intergovernmental organization: European Union;

(d) Observers for the following non-governmental organizations: Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peuples, Nord-Sud XXI – North-South XXI, United Nations Watch.

38. At the 25th meeting, on 28 September 2010, Justice Karl Hudson-Phillips, Desmond de Silva and Mary Shanti Dairiam answered questions and made their concluding remarks.

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K. Consideration of and action on draft proposals


Follow-up to the report of the independent international fact-finding mission on the incident of the humanitarian flotilla


45. At the 30th meeting, on 29 September 2010, the representative of Pakistan (on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference) introduced draft resolution A/HRC/15/L.33, sponsored by Pakistan (on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference). Subsequently, Bolivia (Plurinational State of) and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) joined the sponsors.

46. At the same meeting, the representative of Pakistan orally revised the draft resolution.

47. Also at the same meeting, the representatives of Palestine and Turkey made statements as concerned parties.

48. At the same meeting, the representatives of Belgium, on behalf of the States Members of the European Union that are members of the Council, and the United States of America made statements in explanation of vote before the vote.

49. Also at the same meeting, at the request of the representative of the United States of America, a recorded vote was taken on draft resolution A/HRC/15/L.33 as orally revised. The draft resolution as orally revised was adopted by 30 votes in favour, 1 against, with 15 abstentions. The voting was as follows:


50. For the text as adopted, see part one, chapter I, resolution 15/1.

51. At the same meeting, the representatives of Norway, Switzerland and Uruguay made statements in explanation of vote after the vote.

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

A. Follow-up to Human Rights Council resolutions S-9/1, S-12/1 and 13/9

730. At the 23rd meeting, on 27 September 2010, the High Commissioner introduced her report on the status of implementation of Council resolution 13/9 on follow-up to the report of the United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (A/HRC/15/52), and the report of the Secretary-General on the progress made in the implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (A/HRC/15/51), in accordance with Council resolution 12/1.

731. At the same meeting, on the same day, Christian Tomuschat, Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Committee of independent experts in international humanitarian and human rights laws, established by Council resolution 13/9, to monitor and assess any domestic, legal or other proceedings undertaken by both the Government of Israel and the Palestinian side, in the light of General Assembly resolution 64/254, presented the report of the Committee (A/HRC/15/50). The other two members of the Committee, Justice Mary McGowan and Param Cumaraswamy, were also present.

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

733. During the ensuing interactive dialogue on the report of the Committee, at the same meeting, the following made statements and asked the members of the Committee questions: (a) Representatives of States Members of the Council: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt1 (also on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement), Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malaysia, Pakistan (on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic1 (also on behalf of the Group of Arab States), United States of America;

(b) Representative of the following observer States: Algeria, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen;

(c) Observers for intergovernmental organizations: European Union, League of Arab States;

(d) Observers for the following non-governmental organizations: Amnesty International, BADIL resource center for Palestinian residency and refugee rights, Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l’Homme (also on behalf of Al-Haq, Law in the Service of Man), Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, United Nations Watch.

734. At the same meeting, the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Committee answered questions and made his concluding remarks.

B. General debate on agenda item 7

735. At its 23rd and 24th meetings, on 27 September 2010, the Council held a general debate on agenda item 7, during which the following made statements: (a) The representatives of Israel and the Syrian Arab Republic, as concerned countries, and the representative of Palestine, as a concerned party;

(b) Representatives of States Members of the Council: Bahrain, Belgium (on behalf of the European Union, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, the Republic of Moldova, Serbia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey), Cuba, Egypt1 (on behalf of Non-Aligned Movement), Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malaysia, Maldives, Nigeria (on behalf of the Group of African States), Norway, Pakistan (on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference), Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic1 (on behalf of the Group of Arab States), Thailand, United States of America;

(c) Representatives of the following observer States: Afghanistan, Algeria, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Turkey, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Yemen;

(d) Observers for the following non-governmental organizations: Al-Haq - The law in the service of Man (also on behalf of Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, Defence for Children International, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights and Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling), Association for World Education, BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Charitable Institute for Protecting Social Victims, Coordinating Board of Jewish Organizations (also on behalf of the B'nai B'rith International), European Union of Jewish Students, Human Rights Watch, Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peuples (also on behalf of the BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, International Educational Development Inc., International Youth and Student Movement for the United Nations and the International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination), Nord-Sud XXI – North-South XXI, Organization for Defending Victims of Violence, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (also on behalf of the Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l’Homme), Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme, United Nations Watch, World Union for Progressive Judaism.

C. Consideration of and action on draft proposals

Follow-up to the report of the Committee of independent experts in international humanitarian and human rights law established pursuant to Council resolution 13/9

736. At the 30th meeting, on 29 September 2010, the representative of Pakistan (on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the Group of Arab States) introduced draft resolution A/HRC/14/L.34, sponsored by Pakistan (on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference) and co-sponsored by Palestine and Syrian Arab Republic (on behalf of the Group of Arab States). Subsequently, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) joined the sponsors.

737. At the same meeting, the representative of Pakistan orally revised the draft resolution.

738. At the same meeting, the representative of Palestine made a statement as a concerned party.

739. In accordance with rule 153 of the rules of procedure of the General Assembly, the attention of the Council was drawn to the estimated administrative and programme budget implications of the draft resolution as orally revised (see annex II).

740. At the same meeting, the representatives of Belgium, on behalf of the States Members of the European Union that are members of the Council, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America made statements in explanation of vote before the vote.

741. Also at the same meeting, at the request of the representative of the United States of America, a recorded vote was taken on draft resolution A/HRC/15/L.34 as orally revised. The draft resolution as orally revised was adopted by 27 votes in favour, 1 against, with 19 abstentions. The voting was as follows:


742. For the text as adopted, see part one, chapter I, resolution 15/6.

743. At the same meeting, the representatives of Switzerland, Uruguay and Zambia made statements in explanation of vote after the vote. .

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