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(b) Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms ( continued)
(c) Human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives ( continued)
(e) Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (continued )
Agenda item 70: Right of peoples to self-determination*
The meeting was called to order at 10.10 a.m.
Agenda item 71: Human rights questions (continued) (A/60/40, 44, 129, 336, 392 and 408)
(b) Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms (continued) (A/60/134, 266, 272, 286, 299, 301 and Add.1, 305, 321, 326, 333, 338 and Corr.1, 339 and Corr.1, 340, 348, 350, 353, 357, 374, 384, 392, 399 and 431; A/C.3/60/3 and 5)
(c) Human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives (continued) (A/60/221, 271, 306, 324, 349, 354, 356, 359, 367, 370, 395 and 422 and Corr.1; A/C.3/60/2)
(e) Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ( continued) (A/60/36 and 343)
Rights of reply
15. Ms. Rasheed (Observer for Palestine) said that Israel was the occupying Power in the Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem. The root cause of the conflict in the occupied Palestinian Territories was the occupation and the brutal form of colonialism practised by Israelis there. Terror and violence did not emerge in a vacuum. The largest obstacle to peace was not terrorism but the occupation. The continued illegal actions and policies of the Israeli authorities, which had resulted in death and injury of thousands of Palestinian civilians, fuelled the vicious cycle of violence. Her delegation condemned all forms of violence against citizens. She would like to know, however, if the Israeli Government had ever condemned the killing of Palestinian civilians. The Israeli delegation had described the situation during the previous year as having improved. For the Palestinian people, the recent past, with the construction of the illegal wall, had been among its darkest years. While she commended the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, she noted that 38 years of occupation had left the territory in a state of humanitarian disaster and the legal status of Gaza had remained unchanged. The Palestinian people had lived under oppression and subjugation. There was a need to create an environment conducive to peace. Only when the occupation ended and the expansion of Israeli settlements ceased would such an environment be possible.
16. Mr. Aghajanian (Armenia) said that he had not referred to the human rights situation in Nagorny Karabakh, Azerbaijan, Armenia or any other country. Human rights violations in both Azerbaijan and Armenia, however, were duly reflected in the reports of non-governmental organizations, which were available to Member States for objective consideration.
Agenda item 70: Right of peoples to self-determination (A/60/111, 263, 268 and 319)
57. Mr. La Yifan (China) ...
58. The right to self-determination was the foundation for the realization of all other human rights. His delegation supported the Palestinian people in their just struggle and hoped that the international community would make joint efforts for an early, fair and reasonable solution in order to bring lasting peace to the Middle East.
The meeting rose at 1.05 p.m.
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