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Le Conseil des droits de l'homme a clos les travaux de sa dix-neuvième session, décidé d'envoyer une mission pour étudier les effets des colonies israéliennes - Communiqué de presse (extraits) Français
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Source: Human Rights Council
23 March 2012



HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL CONCLUDES NINETEENTH SESSION
Appoints Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment; Extends Mandates on Syria, Iran, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Myanmar and Haiti, Decides to Dispatch a Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements

23 March 2012

The Human Rights Council concluded its nineteenth regular session this afternoon, adopting 41 texts on a wide range of issues, including appointing a Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights obligations related to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. The Council extended mandates of the Special Rapporteurs on Iran, on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and on Myanmar, and the mandate of the Special Procedure in the field of cultural rights, for a period of three years, as a Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights. At the request of the Haitian authorities, the Council extended for one year mandate of the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in this country. It also extended the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria and requested the Commission to conduct and continuously update a mapping exercise of gross violations of human rights since March 2011, including an assessment of casualty figures, and to publish it periodically. The Council decided to dispatch an independent international fact-finding mission on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the Occupied Syrian Golan.

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The Council adopted texts on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and in Occupied Syrian Golan, on the follow-up to the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, and on the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination. ...

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On Monday, 19 March the Council held a general debate on the human rights situation in Palestine and other Occupied Arab Territories after hearing the High Commissioner present her own and the report of the Secretary-General on the subject.

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The Council convened general debates on the promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development; human rights situations that required the Council’s attention; human rights bodies and mechanisms; the Universal Periodic Review mechanism; the human rights situation in Palestine and other Occupied Arab Territories; follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action; and finally on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance: follow-up to and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.

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Resolutions Adopted by the Council

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Human rights situation in Palestine and the other occupied Arab territories

Regarding Human Rights in the occupied Syrian Golan, the Council called upon Israel to desist from building settlements, from imposing Israeli citizenship and Israeli identity cards and allow the Syrian population of the occupied Syrian Golan to visit their families. All legislative and administrative measures that sought to alter the character and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan were null and void and had no legal effect.

With respect to the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, the Council reaffirmed the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination as a basic condition for achieving a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the region of the Middle East and also reaffirmed its support for the solution of two States, Palestine and Israel, living side by side in peace and security.

Concerning the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, the Council demanded that Israel cease all of its settlement activities, condemned the firing of rockets against Israeli civilian areas and called upon Israel to cease prolonged closures and economic and movement restrictions, including those amounting to a blockade on the Gaza Strip.

On the subject of Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the Occupied Syrian Golan, the Council decided to dispatch an independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.


On the follow-up to the report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, the Council welcomed the efforts of Switzerland to reconvene a conference on measures to enforce the Fourth Geneva Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem; recommended that the General Assembly considered launching an urgent discussion on the legality of the use of certain munitions; and requested the Secretary-General to present a comprehensive report on the implementation of recommendations.

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HRC12/055E


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