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L'ECOSOC adopte une résolution sur la situation des femmes palestiniennes - Communiqué de presse (extraits) Français
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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
25 July 2006


Economic and Social Council
ECOSOC/6234

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




ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL ADOPTS RESOLUTIONS ON SITUATION
 
OF PALESTINIAN WOMEN, AFGHAN WOMEN, GIRLS
 
Discusses Mainstreaming Gender Perspective
Into United Nations, Women, Development, Advancement of Women

(Reissued as received.)

GENEVA, 25 July 2006 (UN Information Service) -- The Economic and Social Council this afternoon adopted a number of texts contained in the report of the Commission on the Status of Women, including resolutions on the situation of and assistance to Palestinian women and, on the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan.

The resolution on Palestinian women, which was adopted by a roll-call vote of 38 in favour to 2 against, with 1 abstention, called for measures for the tangible improvement of the difficult situation on the ground, and the living conditions faced by Palestinian women and their families; and reaffirmed that the Israeli occupation remained a major obstacle for Palestinian women with regard to their advancement, self-reliance and integration in the development planning of their society.

The representatives of the United States and Australia, who voted against the text, made statements of explanation of the vote after the vote.

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Action on Resolutions in Report of the Commission on the Status of Women

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In a resolution contained in the report of the Commission on the Status of Women on its fiftieth session and entitled situation of and assistance to Palestinian women, adopted after a roll-call vote with 38 in favour, 2 against, and 1 abstention, the Council calls upon the concerned parties, as well as the international community, to exert all the necessary efforts to ensure the full resumption of the peace process on its agreed basis, taking into account the common ground already gained, and calls for measures for tangible improvement of the difficult situation on the ground and the living conditions faced by Palestinian women and their families; reaffirms that the Israeli occupation remains a major obstacle for Palestinian women with regard to their advancement, self-reliance and integration in the development planning of their society; demands that Israel, the occupying power, comply fully with the provisions and principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Regulations annexed to The Hague Convention IV of 18 October 1907 and the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949, in order to protect the rights of Palestinian women and their families;  calls upon Israel to facilitate the return of all refugees and displaced Palestinian women and children to their homes and properties, in compliance with the relevant United Nations resolutions; and also calls upon the international community to continue to provide urgently needed assistance and services in an effort to alleviate the dire humanitarian crisis being faced by Palestinian women and their families and to help in the reconstruction of relevant Palestinian institutions.

The result of the vote was as follows:

In favour (38): Albania, Angola, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Benin, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Guyana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mexico, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom.

Against (2): Australia, United States.

Abstentions (1): Haiti.

Explanations of the Vote after the Vote

TERRY MILLER ( United States), in an explanation of the vote after the vote, said the United States was highly concerned about the situation of Palestinian women and had been providing financial assistance to help them.  However, the resolution presented inaccurate and unbalanced facts about the Palestinian women.

GUY MAXWELL O'BRIEN ( Australia ), speaking in an explanation of the vote after the vote, said there was concern for the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories, including that of women, and Australia gave considerable aid to the territories.  The resolution was unbalanced, and politicised humanitarian concerns in a way that was unhelpful, and this was why Australia had voted against it.

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