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Source: Human Rights Council
17 September 2010



HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL HOLDS GENERAL DEBATE ON HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATIONS THAT REQUIRE THE COUNCIL’S ATTENTION
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17 September 2010


The Human Rights Council this afternoon held a general debate on human rights situations that require the Council’s attention. ...

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General Debate on Human Rights Situations that Require the Attention of the Council

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GEIR SJOBERG (
Ireland) ... Ireland also continued to be concerned about the human rights situation including evictions and demolitions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and the still severe effects of the current blockade of Gaza.

FADHL AL-MAGHAFI (
Yemen) noted the flagrant violations of human rights occurring in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Palestinian children had to walk long distances to get to schools since there was no public transport to speak of. UNICEF said that children had no school supplies and building supplies could not get to the occupied Palestinian Territory because of the blockade. Schools had to cut back on their teaching hours. Israel’s attention needed to be drawn to its international commitments in promoting and protecting human rights in Palestine.

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JOHN UKEC LUETH UKEC (
Sudan) said today was a good day to remember the people who had suffered so much because of the violation of their human rights, in particular in Gaza and the Flotilla incident, and the great prison that Gaza had become, with a 1.5 million population. This was outrageous, and the Human Rights Council should do something about it. The perpetrators had to be brought to justice. The attack on the Flotilla was a serious violation of international human rights law and of human rights. ...

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IMAD ZUHAIRI (Palestine) said that there were many Palestinian tragedies with which the international human rights community had been seized for much too long. Recently published statistics on Occupied East Jerusalem spoke for themselves: 65 per cent of the city’s Palestinian residents and 75 per cent of Palestinian children lived below the poverty line. The United Nations Human Rights Council recognized in October 2009 that Israel had human rights obligations in the entirety of the Holy City of Jerusalem. Furthermore, the desecration of the Mamilla cemetery showed Israel’s disrespect for the dead and that it had failed to safeguard the Petitioners’ international human rights who opposed its destruction and had a right to have their cultural heritage protected.

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Right of Reply

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CHOE MYONG NAM (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), ... In closing, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea said it was Israel which was the fundamental source of atrocities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the Syrian Golan.

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MOHAMMAD REZA GHAEBI (Iran), speaking in a right of reply, ... The plight of the Palestinians was certainly the most real example of human rights abuses occurring today and deserved to be looked at more firmly in the Council. ...

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