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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
30 October 2007


General Assembly
GA/SHC/3897

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York


Sixty-second General Assembly
Third Committee
30th & 31st Meetings (AM & PM)


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Background

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today continued its general discussion of human rights.  For more background information, please see press releases GA/SHC/3893, GA/SHC/3894, GA/SHC/3895 and GA/SHC/3896.

Statements

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ALEXANDER NANTA LINGGI ( Malaysia) ...

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... Turning to the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, he said the issue deserved immediate attention and action by all Member States, particularly by the “so-called human rights defenders”.  In conclusion, he noted that the right to development was still an important cornerstone of human rights.

WARIF HALABI ( Syria) ...

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For many decades, action vis-à-vis human rights had been politicized, she said.  They had been used to bring pressure to bear on States to get political concessions.  Faster economic, social and cultural change over the past two decades had resulted in a sense of hope for one part of mankind, and disappointment for another.  Local and international conflict had meanwhile continued, with all manner of crimes being perpetrated.  The deprivation of the rights of people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory had been Israel’s perception of the right to development.  The removal by the Israeli authorities of more than 150 cherry trees on 27 September 2007 had been an example of the deprivation of the right to earning a livelihood.  That occupation as such was a violation of human rights, and it had to end.

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ABDUSSALAM SERGIWA ( Libya) said full enjoyment of human rights for all had yet to be achieved.  Serious violations continued in full view of the international community, particularly the case of the Palestinian people who had been displaced and thrown into refugee camps worldwide.  ...

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