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10 November 2006


General Assembly
GA/SHC/3871

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

Sixty-first General Assembly
Third Committee
44th Meeting (PM)

THIRD COMMITTEE APPROVES TEXT CONDEMNING HOSTAGE-TAKING;
 

HEARS REPORT BY HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL PRESIDENT
 
Support Expressed for Convention on Enforced Disappearances;
Opinions Divided Concerning Draft Declaration on Indigenous People


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Background

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met today to consider the first report of the Human Rights Council (document A/61/53) and resume its general discussion on that subject.  ...

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Statements

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YURI ARIEL GALA LOPEZ ( Cuba) ...

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He said it was not fortuitous that the resolution establishing the Council had acknowledged the importance of guaranteeing the universality, objectivity and non-selectivity of the review of the human rights questions and the elimination of the double-standards and politicization.  The first report of the Council showed that it was not easy to avoid infection of the new subsidiary body with “the hideous inheritance of the defenestrated Commission,” for instance, the failure of some western countries to endorse important resolutions addressing incitement of racial and religious hatred and the situation of human rights in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.

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MOURAD BENMEHDI ( Algeria) said that, to his delegation, it was incontestable for the report of the Human Rights Council to have been referred to the Third Committee, as the Committee had been charged, by the General Assembly, with dealing with human rights questions.  The report had to be considered as an interim document on the state of implementation of institutional and procedural aspects.  The Council’s decision, at its first session, to examine the situation of human rights in Palestine, and of incitement to racial and religious hatred and the promotion of tolerance, had responded in good time to the urgent character of those two questions.

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WARIF HALABI ( Syria) said her delegation attached great importance to the work of the Human Rights Council.  She hailed the holding of two special sessions by the Council to consider the human rights situations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and in Lebanon because of Israeli military operations.  Her delegation saluted the resolutions adopted by the Council on those subjects and stood ready to ensure that there were adequate resources to implement them.


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