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31 October 2005
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
Sixtieth General Assembly
Meetings (AM & PM)
PROPOSED HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL MUST BE BROADLY BASED, AVOIDING
POLITICIZATION OF PAST, ASSEMBLY’S SOCIAL COMMITTEE TOLD
Creation of Body Seen as Opportunity to Rectify
Current Weaknesses, Strengthen Role of United Nations in Key Area
The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met today to continue its general debate on human rights questions.
(For background information, please see Press Releases GA/SHC/3828 of 24 October, GA/SHC/3829 of 25 October, GA/SHC/3830 of 26 October, GA/SHC/3831 of 27 October and GA/SHC/3832 of 28 October.)
AHMED GZLLAL (
) said that despite the international community’s efforts to strengthen and protect all human rights through the Convention on Human Rights and the Outcome Documents of the 2005 World Summit and United Nations conferences, violence still existed in various forms, including terrorism and foreign occupation, particularly of Palestine. Poverty, illiteracy and disease persisted. Economic, social and cultural rights had yet to be given the same weight as civil and political rights. He stressed the need for greater balance for all rights, particularly the right to development. This was not just a synonym for economic rights, he said. It also involved capacity-building, and was an effective tool for sustainable development.
NAWAF AL-ENEZI (
He said the Palestinian people lived under difficult conditions in occupied territory as a result of the continued serious violations of human rights by Israeli authorities. The reports offered clear evidence on the suffering of the Palestinians and their need to struggle for their inalienable rights.
WESTMORELAND PALON (
He said it was not possible to ignore the plight of the Palestinians in the Occupied Territory and the violations of human rights perpetrated by the occupying forces. The inhumane treatment and suffering inflicted upon Palestinians, especially women and children, deserved the urgent attention of the international community. The focus of world attention on Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza had allowed Israel to continue with construction of the separation wall in Palestinian territory, the expansion of settlements and the “de-Palestinization” of Jerusalem with virtually no criticism.
Despite Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza, he said, the humanitarian situation there continued to worsen. Israel had paid no heed to the opinion of the International Court of Justice that the separation wall was contrary to international law, and that it should be torn down. The wall had serious consequences for Palestinians, violating their human rights and forcing them to leave land and homes that they had occupied for generations. The more influential Member States should do their utmost to persuade Israel to take immediate steps to end human rights violations in the Occupied Territories.
He said independent experts, served as “the eyes and ears” of the Commission on Human Rights and played an important role in promoting and protecting human rights worldwide. They were appointed to fulfil a particular mandate, and Member States expected those mandates to be adhered to.
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