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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/HRC/6/17/Add.1
28 November 2007

ENGLISH/FRENCH/SPANISH

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Sixth session
Agenda item 3



PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF ALL HUMAN RIGHTS
CIVIL, POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL
RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of
human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism,
Martin Scheinin


ADDENDUM


Communications with Governments*




* The present report is being circulated as received, in the languages of submission only, as it greatly exceeds the word limitation set by the relevant General Assembly resolution.

Introduction

1. The present report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism contains communications transmitted to Governments between 1 January and 15 September 2007, as well as replies received up to 1 November 2007. In addition, the report also covers press releases issued in 2007.

2. During the period under review the Special Rapporteur corresponded with Governments, either separately or jointly with other mandate-holders, and he issued press releases that relate to a total of 14 countries or territories. The Special Rapporteur recognizes that problems concerning human rights and fundamental freedoms in the context of countering terrorism are not only confined to the countries and territories mentioned in this report.

3. During the period of review, the Special Rapporteur received replies from five Governments relating to communications sent in 2007 and communications that had not been replied to in 2006. The Special Rapporteur welcomes the detailed substantive information received from these Governments and encourages cooperation by those Governments which have not yet provided replies to his communications. Replies received after 1 November 2007 will be reflected in the next report to the Human Rights Council on communications.

4. As in previous years, the Special Rapporteur acted upon information received from reliable sources concerning individual cases of alleged breaches of fundamental freedoms and human rights in the context of countering terrorism, and also took action with respect to legislative developments and proposals undertaken by a number of Member States. In this context, the Special Rapporteur reiterates his encouragement to Member States to enter into dialogue, ideally during the preparatory stage of the adoption of new counter-terrorism legislation or legislation on terrorism-related offences, to seek his advice in accordance with paragraphs 14 (a) and (e) of Commission on Human Rights resolution 2005/80 (extended by the Human Rights Council pursuant to its decision 2006/102).
COMMUNICATIONS TRANSMITTED, REPLIES RECEIVED
AND STATEMENTS MADE TO THE PRESS


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Israel

Statement of the Special Rapporteur on his mission to Israel

61. On 10 July 2007, the Special Rapporteur issued the following statement during a press conference held in Jerusalem (see the Special Rapporteur’s report on his mission to Israel, (A/HRC/6/17/Add.4), which highlights some, but not all, of his preliminary findings:

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