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UNITED NATIONS
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Fifty-third General Assembly
Third Committee
25th Meeting (AM)
GA/SHC/3486
27 October 1998


IRAN WARNS OF RISING DISCRIMINATION, VIOLENCE AGAINST MUSLIMS,

DURING THIRD COMMITTEE DEBATE


Says Fear of Islam Intolerant, Destructive;
Committee Continues Discussion of Racism, Self-Determination


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Committee Work Programme

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met this morning to continue its consideration of issues related to the elimination of racism and racial discrimination, and the right of peoples to self-determination. (For background information on the documents before the Committee, see Press Release GA/SHC/3484 of 23 October.)


Statements

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SAMER NABER (Jordan) ...

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Although many resolutions had been passed on the subject of self-determination, the people were still unable to express their just and inalienable right to self-determination on their national soil, he said. He welcomed the positive development in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, and hoped that it would be a significant step towards the just resolution of the Palestinian problem, which would guarantee the Palestinian peoples the right to self-determination and the creation of an independent State .

FATMA ASHOUR (Libya) ...

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The right to self-determination of peoples was a widely accepted human right, yet many peoples were still denied the enjoyment of that right, she said. That was the case for the Palestinian people. Since 1948, they had been living under occupation or in refugee camps, awaiting implementation of United Nations resolutions that would grant them their statehood.

PAULETTE CORNETTE (Guyana), speaking on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), ...

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It was an affront to the international community that 50 years after the establishment of the United Nations, people were being denied the opportunity to exercise their right to self-determination, she said. In that regard, CARICOM supported the struggle of the Palestinian people for their right to self-determination and called for an early settlement of the Palestinian question. Furthermore, the use of mercenary activities to violate human rights and undermine the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination had been recognized and condemned by the Special Rapporteur. She joined in condemning such activities and called on governments to prevent their territories and citizens from being used in such acts.

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