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UNITED
NATIONS
E

        Economic and Social Council
Distr.
GENERAL
E/CN.4/2000/SR.16
10 July 2000

ENGLISH
Original: FRENCH

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Fifty-sixth session

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 16th MEETING

Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Wednesday, 29 March 2000, at 3 p.m.


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QUESTION OF THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD (continued)



The meeting was called to order at 3.10 p.m.

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QUESTION OF THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD (agenda item 9) (continued) (E/CN.4/2000/7, 10, 26, 28-31, 33-35, 37-43, 45, 101, 113, 115, 116, 119, 121, 127, 129, 130, 139; E/CN.4/2000/NGO/19, 36, 38, 44, 72-75, 86, 89, 96, 103, 124, 137; A/54/726-S/2000/59, A/54/727-S/2000/65, S/2000/137, A/54/660)

9. Mr. AL-THANI (Qatar) said that the Israeli occupying forces in south Lebanon and West Bekaa continued to violate the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. They demolished houses, burned crops, destroyed civilian facilities, obstructed economic activities and freedom of circulation, carried out population transfers, detained civilians without charge or trial and inflicted physical and psychological torture.

10. Qatar paid tribute to the efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to come to the aid of the population in the region. The Commission on Human Rights should continue to put pressure on Israel to stop violating international law and to withdraw from south Lebanon in accordance with Security Council resolution 425 (1978). By withdrawing from south Lebanon, as it had declared it would, Israel would contribute to establishing peace.

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The meeting rose at 6.10 p.m.

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