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Source: Human Rights Council
22 September 2006


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Press release


Human Rights Council


Information ServiceUnited Nations Office at Geneva
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HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL CONCLUDES DEBATE ON RIGHT TO HEALTH, RIGHT TO FOOD AND HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
Special Rapporteur on Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography Presents Report
22 September 2006

The Human Rights Council this afternoon concluded its debate on the reports of the Special Rapporteurs on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, the right to food, and of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights defenders. It then took up the report of the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

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Statements from Concerned Countries on Reports on the Right to Health, the Right to Food, and Human Rights Defenders

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MOHAMMAD ABU-KOASH (Palestine) thanked Hina Jilani, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on human rights defenders, for her report. Palestine concurred with her report. The Israeli occupation affected the Palestinian population as a whole, including human rights defenders. Many of these human rights defenders were in prison, and were depicted as terrorists by the Israeli occupation forces. Israel did not distinguish between a human rights defender and any other Palestinian. Palestine urged NGOs and particularly human rights NGO to continue their work in defense of human rights defenders. The situation in Palestine was very difficult because even thought the country had held elections and chosen their own authorities, half of the officials were in jail, including members of Parliament. Palestine hoped to get rid of the Israeli occupation, and extended an invitation to all procedural holders to come to Palestine.

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Concluding Statements by Special Procedures on Right to Health, Right to Food and Human Rights Defenders

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Hina Jilani, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights defenders, ...

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The Palestinian Authority was thanked for its cooperation during her visit, and the courtesy extended during it. The objection raised and the weakness in the authority they enjoyed had been mentioned in the report, nevertheless, she also said that as the representative of the Palestinian People, the Palestinian Authority had the responsibility to promote the rights of its people. On general questions, Ms. Jilani said these were a valuable framework to keep in mind in her discussions with Governments on issues of common concern. On the reaction of the international community to the issue of reprisals, she had recommended time and again that this was a serious issue and the international community had a responsibility to give a very clear message that such action on the part of a Government or by failure of a Government to deal with perpetrators was unacceptable, and she had recommended they be recorded, and that there be a call for an end to impunity, but this would not happen unless the international community followed this issue up persistently.

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