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Source: Human Rights Council
20 March 2009



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THE UNITED NATIONS
OFFICE AT GENEVA




HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ADOPTS OUTCOMES ON UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW PROCESS OF ISRAEL, CAPE VERDE, COLOMBIA AND UZBEKISTAN
20 March 2009


The Human Rights Council this morning adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review process on the reports on Israel, Cape Verde, Colombia and Uzbekistan.

Following the debate yesterday on the adoption of the outcome of Universal Periodic Review process of Israel, speakers noted that respect for international resolutions in general and those of the Council in particular required that Israel respect and adopt the resolutions, and accept the visits of Special Procedures and fact-finding missions. Israel, as an occupying power, had rejected resolutions, and this threatened the Universal Periodic Review and undermined the work of the Council. It was also stated that procedural questions had been raised during the review of Israel that had not been raised during other reviews. Singling out one country was unacceptable. The Council then adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Israel.

Speaking during the discussion on Israel were Palestine, Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, United States, Australia and Cuba.

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Consideration of Outcome of Universal Periodic Review for Report on Israel

IBRAHIM KHRAISHI (Palestine) said Palestine was committed to the procedures and rules governing the Universal Periodic Review, considering it as the ideal mechanism to protect and promote human rights. The applicability of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, as well as international law itself, made it incumbent upon the occupying authority to submit a detailed report on the situation of human rights in the territories under its occupation in addition to its report on the situation of human rights in its own territory. Palestine was not thinking of the principle of membership of any State in any international organisation in general, or the Council in particular, but wondered to what extent Israel was committed to the Human Rights Charter and the principles of the United Nations, as it threatened international peace and security by its occupation.

Respect for international resolutions in general and those of the Council in particular required that Israel respect and adopt the resolutions, and accept the visits of special procedures and fact-finding missions. Israel, as an occupying power, had rejected resolutions, and this threatened the Universal Periodic Review and undermined the work of the Council. Recommendations made should be included in the final report according to article 32 of resolution 5/1, as well as all recommendations that had been submitted.

ZAMIR AKRAM (Pakistan), speaking on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, said that the Universal Periodic Review was one of the most important mechanisms established in this Council. Israel was the occupying power. It had an obligation flowing from the Fourth Geneva Convention and humanitarian law. The Palestinians were protected people and Israel had to ensure their rights under humanitarian law. Israel was reminded of its status as the occupying power during the Universal Periodic Review process but Israel had chosen to ignore those recommendations. This Council should ensure that there would be no impunity for those violating the rights of the Palestinian people. The Organization of the Islamic Conference believed that the Israeli policy of seeking to ignore some of the fundamental concerns related to its human rights obligations had seriously undermined the very objective of the Universal Periodic Review exercise. The Organization of the Islamic Conference had a reservation on this approach and requested that its statement be reflected as part of the report.

MARCK C. STORELLA (United States) said the United States had recently re-engaged with the Council and wished to point out that no one county should be singled out. During the consideration of Israel certain procedural questions were raised that had not been raised with any of the other approximately 30 States that were reviewed under the Universal Periodic Review. The United States hoped that the President would keep the Council on the right path and continue to guide the Council in the manner in which he had been. The Council was based on the principles of universality, impartiality and objectivity. The Human Rights Council was meant to be an environment where all would be treated fairly and with respect for one another. The United States appreciated the comments made on behalf of Palestine and for its commitment to upholding the procedural rules which guided the work of the Council. The United States remained dedicated to the goals and founding principles in which the Council was born.

CAROLINE MILLAR (Australia) said there was great concern that at the review of the outcome of the report on Israel, procedural questions had been raised that had not been raised during other reviews. Singling out one country was unacceptable. The improving situation of human rights in Israel had not been recognised.

RESFEL PINO ALVAREZ, (Cuba) said the Universal Periodic Review was an effective tool to make progress in protecting and promoting human rights. Israel should have followed common practice to react to all the recommendations on matters on which they had not made their position clear during the Review Process. Israel should understand the appeals of the international community and respect the human rights of all Palestinian people, including those in the Occupied Territories, as this was their duty as an Occupying Power.

The Council then adopted the decision on the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Israel.

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