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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/C.3/50/SR.29
25 January 1996

ENGLISH
ORIGINAL: FRENCH

General Assembly
Fiftieth session
Official Records


Third Committee
29th meeting
held on
Thursday, 16 November 1995
at 10 a.m.
New York

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 29TH MEETING

Chairman: Mr. TSHERING (Bhutan)

CONTENTS

AGENDA ITEM 107: ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN (continued)

AGENDA ITEM 165: IMPLEMENTATION OF THE OUTCOME OF THE FOURTH WORLD CONFERENCE ON WOMEN: ACTION FOR EQUALITY, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE (continued)



The meeting was called to order at 10.20 a.m.


AGENDA ITEM 107: ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN (continued) (A/50/3, A/50/38, A/50/110, A/50/163, A/50/215-S/1995/475, A/50/257/Rev.1-E/1995/61/Rev.1, A/50/346, A/50/369, A/50/378, A/50/398, A/50/425-S/1995/787, A/50/538, A/50/691, A/50/747-E/1995/126; A/CONF.177/20)

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38. Mr. MEKDAD (Syrian Arab Republic) ...

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41. Thanks to the values, customs and traditions which made it possible to exercise control over morally reprehensible behaviour, violence against women was an almost unknown phenomenon in Syria. However, Syrian women in the occupied Golan, like women in southern Lebanon and the other occupied Arab territories, suffered from the most abhorrent kind of violence: foreign occupation. All the documents adopted by major United Nations conferences confirmed that foreign occupation was one of the principal obstacles to women’s enjoyment of their basic rights. If the commitments undertaken at Beijing and elsewhere were not to remain a dead letter, pressure must be put upon Israel to stop subjecting Arab citizens, particularly women, to acts of political and military violence.

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53. Mr. NAJEM (Lebanon) said that his country, which had taken the first steps on the road to civil peace and reconstruction, hoped to recover sovereignty over all its territory with the early return of the area under Israeli occupation. At a time when Lebanon was building its capacities, modernizing institutions and increasing equal opportunity for its citizens in all fields, women’s issues took on particular importance. There could be no equality while discrimination against women, in both the letter and the spirit of the law, persisted, nor could there be sustainable development unless women were both participants and beneficiaries.

54. No mechanism for the advancement of women had been established in Lebanon since the 1985 Nairobi Conference, owing to the war and the difficult situation prevailing in the country after the conflict. The Israeli occupation of Southern Lebanon and the Western Bekaa had continued since 1978, with adverse effects on the entire population, particularly women. Since 1982, over 300 women had been imprisoned in the Al-Khiyam camp, where they had been subjected to physical and mental torture. More than 60 women had been imprisoned for periods ranging from two to six years, and some were still being held because they had refused to leave their homes and villages and had denounced the Israeli occupation and its inhuman practices. That issue had been mentioned in the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies, which had requested that all the relevant United Nations resolutions should be implemented.

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The meeting was called to order at 1.05 p.m.

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