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UNITED
NATIONS

Distr.
GENERAL
E/CN.4/1997/SR.27
3 February 1998

ENGLISH
Original: FRENCH

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Fifty-third session

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 27th MEETING

Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Wednesday, 26 March 1997, at 6 p.m.

Chairman: Mr. SOMOL (Czech Republic)
later: Mrs. BAUTISTA (Philippines)


CONTENTS

QUESTION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF ALL PERSONS SUBJECTED TO ANY FORM OF DETENTION OR IMPRISONMENT, IN PARTICULAR:



This record is subject to correction. Corrections should be submitted in one of the working languages. They should be set forth in a memorandum and also incorporated in a copy of the record. They should be sent within one week of the date of this document to the Official Records Editing Section, room E.4108, Palais des Nations, Geneva. Any corrections to the records of the public meetings of the Commission at this session will be consolidated in a single corrigendum, to be issued shortly after the end of the session.


The meeting was called to order at 6.10 p.m.


QUESTION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF ALL PERSONS SUBJECTED TO ANY FORM OF DETENTION OR IMPRISONMENT, IN PARTICULAR: /...

32. Mr. SAFA (Arab Organization for Human Rights) drew the Commission’s attention to the fate of some 150 Lebanese citizens held without trial by Israel in Khiam camp, some of them since 1985; 14 had died under torture. Israel had released 45 detainees in July 1996 as part of an exchange of prisoners but it continued to kidnap other Lebanese. Lebanese detainees were also to be found in prisons in Israel and the Israeli authorities prevented their families from visiting them. The Israeli authorities had also forced families in villages in South Lebanon to leave their homes, in breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Israel was further guilty of massacres which constituted a crime against international peace and against humanity. The Israeli army and their militia allies continued to bomb villages and attack civilians. All defenders of human rights should therefore work towards the establishment of an international tribunal to try the Israeli perpetrators of those massacres, particularly the massacre in Cana which had caused 106 casualties on a United Nations base in April 1996. His Organization therefore urged the United Nations, human rights organizations and the various international organizations to break their silence and launch a worldwide campaign for the release of arbitrarily detained Lebanese nationals, the cessation of expulsions, a stop to wholesale bombings and an end to human rights violations in the occupied territories and Israeli prisons. The various reports submitted under agenda item 8 unfortunately made no mention of the hundreds of Lebanese detained in Israeli prisons; the matter needed to be investigated, all the necessary information having been supplied in a document distributed to the members of the Commission.

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