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Source: Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR)
Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP)
31 August 1993



August 1993

Volume XVI, Bulletin No. 8


Contents


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I.
    SEVENTH UNITED NATIONS EUROPEAN NGO SYMPOSIUM ON THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE HELD AT VIENNA ON 23 AND 24 AUGUST 1993
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II.
    SEVENTH UNITED NATIONS EUROPEAN NGO SYMPOSIUM ON THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE HELD AT VIENNA ON 23 AND 24 AUGUST 1993
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III.
    SEVENTH UNITED NATIONS AFRICAN SEMINAR AND FOURTH AFRICAN NGO SYMPOSIUM ON THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE HELD AT DAKAR FROM 30 AUGUST TO 3 SEPTEMBER 1993
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IV.
    SUB-COMMISSION ON PREVENTION OF DISCRIMINATION AND PROTECTION OF MINORITIES ADOPTS RESOLUTION ON SITUATION IN THE PALESTINIAN AND OTHER ARAB TERRITORIES OCCUPIED BY ISRAEL
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VI.
    EXCERPT FROM THE DECLARATION OF THE NINETEENTH ECONOMIC SUMMIT OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT OF SEVEN MAJOR INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACIES AND THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY HELD AT TOKYO FROM 7 TO 9 JULY 1993
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VI.
    NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION
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I. SEVENTH UNITED NATIONS EUROPEAN NGO SYMPOSIUM ON THE
QUESTION OF PALESTINE HELD AT AUSTRIA CENTRE, VIENNA
ON 23 AND 24 AUGUST 1993


The Seventh United Nations European NGO Symposium on the Question of Palestine was held at the Austria Centre, Vienna on 23 and 24 August 1993 under the auspices of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. The Symposium had as its theme: "The Middle East process; Palestinian rights and development - a challenge to Europe".

The Symposium was convened in response to General Assembly resolution 46/74 A of 11 December 1991. The Committee was represented by a delegation comprising: Mr. Kéba Birane Cissé (Senegal), Chairman of the Committee and head of delegation; Mr. Alcibiades Hidalgo Basulto (Cuba), Vice-Chairman of the Committee; Mr. Ravan A.G. Farhadi (Afghanistan), Vice-Chairman of the Committee; Mr. Joseph Cassar (Malta), Rapporteur of the Committee; and, Mr. M. Nasser Al-Kidwa, Permanent Observer for Palestine to the United Nations.

A total of 38 non-governmental organizations attended the Symposium, 15 as observers. Several observers from Governments, intergovernmental organizations and United Nations bodies were also present.

The opening meeting was addressed by Mr. Cissé, who chaired the opening and closing sessions. Statements were also made by Mr. Faisal Aweidah, Permanent Observer for Palestine to the United Nations at Vienna who read a message from Mr. Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). A statement was also made by Mr. Bernard Mills, Chairman of the European Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine (ECCP), who acted as Symposium moderator.

The programme was drawn up by the Committee in consultation with the ECCP.

A plenary session took place entitled "Palestine - the current situation". Presentations were made by: Mr. Haidar Abdel Shafi, head of the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East peace talks; Mrs. Naomi Chazan, member of the Knesset; and, Mr. Johan Nordenfelt, Director of Programmes against Apartheid and for Palestinian Rights in the United Nations Secretariat.

Two workshops were held on the following topics: Palestinian national and human rights; and, Palestinian development.

Closing statements were made by Mr. Mills and Mr. Cissé.

The Symposium adopted a final declaration as well as action-oriented proposals emanating from the workshops and elected a new European Coordinating Committee. The report of the Symposium has been issued as a publication of the Division for Palestinian Rights. The declaration read as follows:

Declaration

II. TENTH UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL NGO MEETING
ON THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE HELD AT VIENNA
FROM 25 TO 27 AUGUST 1993


The Tenth United Nations International NGO Meeting on the Question of Palestine was held at the Austria Center, Vienna, from 25 to 27 August 1993 in accordance with General Assembly resolution 46/74 A, under the auspices of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

The Committee was represented by a delegation comprising Mr. Kéba Birane Cissé (Senegal), Chairman of the Committee and head of delegation; Mr. Alcibiades Hidalgo Basulto (Cuba), Vice-Chairman; Mr. Ravan A.G. Farhadi (Afghanistan), Vice-Chairman; Mr. Joseph Cassar (Malta), Rapporteur of the Committee; and Mr. M. Nasser Al-Kidwa (Palestine).

The Meeting was attended by representatives of 79 non-governmental organizations from all regions of the world; 6 such organizations participated as observers. Nineteen panellists made presentations. Representatives of a number of Governments, United Nations bodies and intergovernmental organizations, as well as the representatives of the NGO regional coordinating committees, also attended the Meeting as observers.

His Excellency, Mr. Kéba Birane Cissé, Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, chaired the opening and closing sessions of the Meeting. The opening session was also addressed by His Excellency Mr. Wolfgang Wolte, Deputy-Secretary-General and Director-General for European Integration and Economic Policy in the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Mr. Don Betz, Chairman, International Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the question of Palestine (ICCP), acted as moderator of the Meeting.

The programme for the Meeting, on the theme "Renewing the United Nations-NGO Commitment to Palestinian National and Human Rights", was drawn up by the Committee in consultation with the International Coordinating Committee as follows:

Panel 1. Political Update: Obstacles to Peace

Mr. Haidar Abdel Shafi (Palestinian)
Mrs. Naomi Chazan (Israel)
Mr. Naseer Aruri (United States of America)


Panel 2. Urgent Quest for Independence: Protection and
End of Occupation

Mr. Pablo de la Vega (Ecuador)
Mr. Raji Sourani (Palestinian)
Mr. Avigdor Feldman (Israel)
Mr. Mohammed Ali Taha (Palestinian)
Mr. Hussein Abu Hussein (Israel)

Panel 3. Back to the Future - A Decade of United Nations/
NGO Networking

Mr. Jean Marie Lambert (France)
Ms. Adrien Wing (United States of America)
Mr. Hans-Peter Kotthaus (UNRWA)
Mr. Romesh Chandra (India)
Mr. Akira Uriu (UNIDO);

Panel 4. NGO Forum: Who is doing what?

Mrs. Samiha Khalil (Palestinian)
Mr. Fritz Froehlich (Austria)
Mrs. Ruth Cohen (Israel)
Mr. Jim Graff (Canada);

Panel 5. Future Strategies and the Role of NGOs

Mr. Don Betz (United States of America)
Mr. Zehdi L. Terzi (Palestinian).


The NGOs participating in the Meeting adopted a Final Declaration as well as action-oriented proposals and elected a new International Coordinating Committee. The report of the Meeting will be issued as a publication of the Division for Palestinian Rights.

The Declaration adopted by participant NGOs read as follows:

Declaration

III. SEVENTH UNITED NATIONS AFRICAN SEMINAR AND
FOURTH AFRICAN NGO SYMPOSIUM HELD AT DAKAR,
FROM 30 AUGUST TO 3 SEPTEMBER 1993


The Seventh United Nations African Seminar on the Question of Palestine (Thirty-fourth United Nations Seminar) and the Fourth African NGO Symposium on the Question of Palestine were held at Dakar, from 30 August to 3 September 1993 in accordance with the provisions of General Assembly resolution 46/74 A of 11 December 1991. For the most part, the two events were combined.

The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People was represented by a delegation comprising: Mr. Kéba Birane Cissé (Senegal), Chairman of the Committee and Chairman of the Seminar; Mr. Joseph Cassar (Malta), Rapporteur of the Committee, Vice-Chairman and Rapporteur of the Seminar; Mr. Nouhoum Samassekou (Mali), Vice-Chairman of the Seminar; Mr. Utoyo Yamtomo, Ambassador of Indonesia to Senegal; and, Mr. M. Nasser Al-Kidwa, Permanent Observer for Palestine to the United Nations.

A total of nine plenary meetings were held. Nineteen experts from the African continent, as well as Palestinians and Israelis, presented papers on various aspects of the question of Palestine. Representatives of 23 Governments, 6 United Nations specialized agencies and intergovernmental organizations, as well as 18 NGOs attended the Seminar and NGO Symposium.

At the opening of the Seminar and NGO Symposium, statements were made by the Minister of State and Minister for Presidential Affairs and Services of Senegal, Mr. Ousmane Tanor Dieng; the representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Joseph Verner Reed; the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Mr. Kéba Birane Cissé; the representative of Palestine to Senegal, Mr. Said Abassi, who read out a message from the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the PLO; and, by the representative of the African Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine, Mr. Ousmane Camara, Vice-President of the Afro-Asian Peoples Solidarity Organization (AAPSO).

Further statements were made on behalf of the Chairman of the Movement of the Non-Aligned Countries by Mr. Sayidiman Sunyohadirprodo (Indonesia) and by Mr. Adelaziz Abougosh, representative of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

The theme of the Seminar and NGO Symposium was "Africa, the Middle East, and the Question of Palestine".

Four panels were established. The panels and their experts were as follows:

(a) Panel I: Towards a just solution of the question of Palestine

(i) The current situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem

Mr. Ahmad Yaziji (Palestinian)
Mr. Eitan Felner (Israel)

(ii) The role of Africa in promoting a just, comprehensive and lasting solution of the Question of Palestine

Mr. Hedi Ben Nasr (Tunisia)
Mr. Chitsaka Chipaziwa (Zimbabwe)
Mr. Dianguina dit Yaya Doucouré (Mali)
Mr. Latyr Kamara (Senegal)
Mr. K.B.S. Simpson (Ghana)

(iii) Regional organizations and the political, economic and human rights dimension of the question of Palestine

Mr. Khaled Mohammed Khaled (League of Arab States)

(b) Panel II: Building peace in Jerusalem - the Holy City of three
religions

Rev. Father Bishara Al-Lahham (Palestinian)
Sheikh Ekrema Sabri (Palestinian)
Rabbi David Forman (Israel)


(c) Panel III: Towards self-determination and Statehood

Mr. Latif Dori (Israel)
Mr. Essa Moosa (South Africa)
Mr. O.R. Kaakunga (Namibia)

Mr. Bara Diouf (Senegal)
Mr. Mohamed Larbi Messari (Morocco)

(d) Panel IV: The need to revive the economy in the occupied
Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem

(i) Mobilization of international assistance to promote self- reliance and sustainable development

Mr. Ibrahim Dakkak (Palestinian)
Ms. Kathy Bergen (Canada)


In addition to the panels held jointly with the Seminar, two workshops specifically related to NGO activities were organized to consider the following topics:
The NGO participants adopted action-oriented proposals emanating from the workshops. They also decided to extend the term of office of the African Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine until the next African Regional Symposium on the Question of Palestine and to increase its membership.

The Seminar and NGO Symposium adopted conclusions and recommendations as well as a motion of thanks to the Government and people of Senegal. The report containing the summaries of the presentations will be published in due course as a publication of the Division for Palestinian Rights.

"Conclusions and recommendations


IV. SUB-COMMISSION ON PREVENTION OF DISCRIMINATION
AND PROTECTION OF MINORITIES ADOPTS RESOLUTION
ON SITUATION IN THE PALESTINIAN AND OTHER
ARAB TERRITORIES OCCUPIED BY ISRAEL


At its 27th meeting on 20 August 1993, the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities adopted the following resolution, (see E/CN.4/Sub.2/1993/L.11/Add.1):

"1993/15. Situation in the Palestinian and other Arab
territories occupied by Israel

"The Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities,

"Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in particular the principles of equal rights and self-determination of all peoples,

"Mindful of the principles and humanitarian provisions of the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 for the protection of war victims, of the principles and provisions of international law and of the obligations arising from the Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land, annexed to the Hague Convention IV of 1907,

"Recalling that, in accordance with article 1 of the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, all States parties to the Conventions have undertaken to respect and to ensure respect for the Conventions in all circumstances,

"Recalling also all the resolutions of the General Assembly and the Commission on Human Rights condemning the practices of the Israeli occupation authorities in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied by Israel which affirm the applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to these territories, in particular resolution 1993/2 of 19 February 1993 of the Commission on Human Rights,

"Recalling further the relevant Security Council resolutions, in particular resolutions 605 (1987) of 22 December 1987, 607 (1988) of 5 January 1988, 608 (1988) of 14 January 1988, 636 (1989) of 6 July 1989, 681 (1990) of 20 December 1990, 726 (1992) of 6 January 1992 and 799 (1992) of 6 December 1992,

"Noting with great concern the report submitted to the Security Council by the Secretary-General in accordance with resolution 799 (1992) (S/25149), which affirmed that Israel continued to refuse to comply with the resolutions of the Council and recommended that the Council take the necessary measures to ensure that its decision, as set out in resolution 799 (1992), was respected,

"Taking note of the reports of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories submitted to the General Assembly and the relevant reports of the International Labour Organisation, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the World Health Organization,

"Recalling with great concern the press releases issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva on 13 January 1988, on 18 and 19 August 1988 and on 21 May 1992 and the statement of the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross on 23 May 1993, concerning the continuing violations by Israel of the provisions of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, including the deportation of Palestinian citizens from their territory, the killing of civilians, including children, and the application of the policy of collective punishment against the Palestinian people,

"Reaffirming its previous resolutions in this respect, the most recent being resolution 1992/10 of 26 August 1992,

"Deeply alarmed at the persistent refusal of Israel to respect the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and to apply it to the Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories, and at the systematic and established violations of human rights by Israel over the past 26 years and its persistence in killing, wounding and arresting Palestinian people and in deporting and expelling Palestinian citizens,

"Taking into account the ongoing process of negotiation between the parties concerned since the Peace Conference on the Middle East convened at Madrid, and encouraging this process to reach speedily a just and lasting peace settlement on the basis of Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) of 22 November 1967 and 338 (1973) of 22 October 1973 and all other relevant United Nations resolutions,

"1. Reaffirms that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian and other Arab territories, including Jerusalem, itself constitutes a gross and systematic violation of human rights and an aggression under international law;

"2. Also reaffirms that the continued perpetration by the Israeli occupation authorities of deliberate killings of Palestinians, including children, breaking limbs of young men and causing grave harm to their physical integrity, subjecting cities, villages and camps to living conditions designed to strangulate and destroy them by imposing curfews, as happened in the Gaza Strip on 25 May 1992, and preventing their provision with food and medical supplies, firing gas bombs into houses, mosques, churches and hospitals, thus causing the death of many people by asphyxia, severely beating pregnant women and throwing gas bombs inside their homes, thereby causing them to miscarry, torturing Palestinian detainees, imposing collective punishment and administrative detention upon thousands of Palestinians, expelling and deporting Palestinians from their homeland, confiscating land and establishing Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, bringing Jewish immigrants from several parts of the world and settling them on these territories, thus modifying their demographic character, closing schools and universities, desecrating holy places and demolishing houses, all constitute grave violations of the principles of international law and the provisions of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;

"3. Further reaffirms that the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, is applicable to the Palestinians and to the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied by Israel, and that the continued disregard and rejection of the provisions of the Convention by Israel constitute gross violations of the principles of international law, and that it is therefore the responsibility of the international community to provide protection for the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation, in accordance with the relevant Security Council resolutions and the provisions of the Convention, until the end of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian and other Arab territories;

"4. Calls upon the States parties to the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949, to apply article 1 of the Convention, to ensure respect by Israel for the Convention and to secure protection for the Palestinian people under occupation, until the end of this occupation;

"5. Reaffirms once again the right of the Palestinian people to resist the Israeli occupation by all means, in accordance with United Nations resolutions, and affirms that the intifadah of the Palestinian people, which began on 8 December 1987, is one such means confirming their determination to liberate their land from Israeli occupation and to exercise their inalienable national rights on their national soil, above all their right to self-determination;

"6. Also reaffirms the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to return to their homeland in accordance with General Assembly resolution 194 (III) of 12 December 1948, to self-determination without foreign interference and to establish their independent sovereign State on their national soil, in accordance with the principles and provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, and resolutions of the General Assembly and of the Commission on Human Rights;

"7. Condemns the policy of Israel for:
V. EXCERPT FROM THE DECLARATION OF THE NINETEENTH ECONOMIC SUMMIT
OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT OF SEVEN MAJOR INDUSTRIAL
DEMOCRACIES AND THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY
HELD AT TOKYO FROM 7 TO 9 JULY 1993


VI. NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION


In the course of August, the following information was received by the Division for Palestinian Rights:

1. La Paix en Mouvement, article on Palestine available in September/ October issue. Available from: 139, Boulevard Victor Hugo, F-93-400 Saint Ouen, CCP 780-56 Z, France.

2. Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, available from: The American Educational Trust, P.O. Box 53062, Washington, D.C. 20009, United States of America.

3. ADC Times, publication of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Available from: 4201 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20008, United States of America.

4. Israel and Palestine Political Report, available from: Magelan and Association Mashdek Développement, ISSN 0294 1341, Boite Postale 130, 75463 Paris CEDEX 10, France.

5. The Middle East, monthly publication available from: IC Publications Ltd., 7 Coldbath Square, London EC1R 4LQ, United Kingdom.

6. Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding, briefing paper entitled "From Shamir to Rabin: What chance for peace?", available from: 21, Collingham Road, London SW5 ONV, United Kingdom.

7. Middle East International, biweekly publication, available from: P.O. Box 53365, Temple Heights Station, Washington, D.C. 20009, United States of America.

8. The Other Front, weekly bulletin on developments in Israeli society, available from: The Alternative Information Centre, P.O. Box 24278, Jerusalem.

9. The Other Israel, newsletter of the Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, available from: P.O. Box 2542, Holon, Israel 58125.

10. "Surveillance and Defamation, Arab-American Political Rights in Times of Crisis", special report of the Arab-American Institute, available from: 918 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Suite 601, Washington, D.C. 20077-2505.

11. Samed, Palestinian Prison Voices, Mandela Institute for Political Prisoners, available from: P.O. Box 19543, Jerusalem, Israel.

12. April 17, quarterly publication by the Alternative Information Centre, P.O. Box 31417, Jerusalem.


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