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UNITED NATIONS

HR/CN/1019
4 April 2003

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS TAKES UP
ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS

Experts on Health, Education, Food, Foreign Debt, and Toxic
Wastes Speak; Deputy Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea Gives Address

(Reissued as received.)


GENEVA, 4 April (UN Information Service) -- The Commission on Human Rights began review this morning of its agenda item on economic, social and cultural rights, hearing from Special Rapporteurs on the rights to health, education, food, and the illicit movement and dumping of toxic wastes, and from Independent Experts on foreign debt and structural-adjustment policies and on a potential draft optional protocol to the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

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Interactive Dialogue on Right to Food

In a question-and-answer session, ...

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A Representative of Syrian Arab Republic said the Special Rapporteur had been interrupted by the United States as he was talking about Iraq.  This was a shame, since the Commission could have benefited from his words.  Could he elaborate further on this issue?

The greatest obstacle to the right to food was foreign occupation and the use of access to food as a weapon by occupiers, such as witnessed in Palestine and Iraq, said the observer of Palestine.  ...

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