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UNITED
NATIONS
E

        Economic and Social Council
Distr.
GENERAL
E/CN.4/Sub.2/2002/SR.16
16 August 2002

Original: ENGLISH

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

SUB-COMMISSION ON THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Fifty-fourth session

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 16th MEETING

Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,

on Monday, 9 August 2002, at 3 p.m.

Chairperson: Mr. PINHEIRO

later: Mr. YOKOTA
(Vice-Chairperson)

later: Mr. PINHEIRO
(Chairperson)

CONTENTS


ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE, RULE OF LAW AND DEMOCRACY (continued)

PREVENTION OF DISCRIMINATION:

(a) RACISM, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND XENOPHOBIA

(b) PREVENTION OF DISCRIMINATION AND PROTECTION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

(c) PREVENTION OF DISCRIMINATION AND PROTECTION OF MINORITIES (continued )



The meeting was called to order at 3.15 p.m.

PREVENTION OF DISCRIMINATION:

(a) RACISM, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND XENOPHOBIA

(b) PREVENTION OF DISCRIMINATION AND PROTECTION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

(c) PREVENTION OF DISCRIMINATION AND PROTECTION OF MINORITIES

(agenda item 5) (continued ) (E/CN.4/Sub.2/2002/19 and Corr.1, 20-24, 25 and Add.1 to 3, 26, 40, 43 and 44 ; E/CN.4/Sub.2/2002/NGO/5, 8, 13, 21, 26 and 28; E/CN.4/Sub.2/AC.4/2002/6)

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50. Ms. JAIMIAI (International Institute for Non-Aligned Studies) ...

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Whenever racism became aligned with the distinction between various religious groups or majority and minority groups, there was a danger of a rise in communal politics. Invoking an allegedly historical loyalty to symbols, religious shrines and culture, communal political leaders stirred up hatred and violence with a view to asserting power over other sections of the community. That could lead to tragedies such as the ongoing conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians, Hindus and Muslims, or Kurds and Turks. The only effective way to combat communalism was to consolidate pluralist policies for welfare and development, firmly rooted in secularism. Similarly, xenophobia could be defeated by stressing the principle that nation States existed not to pursue territorial expansionism but to promote popular development and mass prosperity.

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62. Mr. LITTMAN ...

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63. Describing examples of violence and discrimination against Jews in the aftermath of the Second World War, he said that thousands of Jews had been killed and wounded in anti-Semitic attacks in Baghdad, Damascus, Egypt and Libya. The hardships endured by the vast majority of those Jewish refugees had never been considered by the United Nations, nor had the loss of their property and heritage. Moreover, scores of millions of refugees from other racial and religious minorities had been similarly displaced, and ignored by the United Nations, during the course of the twentieth century. He failed to understand why only Palestinian Arabs had benefited from United Nations tutelage for three generations.

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The meeting rose at 6 p.m.



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