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SUB-COMMISSION ON THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 8th MEETING
Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Monday, 5 August 2002, at 3 p.m.
Chairperson: Mr. PINHEIRO
later: Mr. YOKOTA
later: Mr. PINHEIRO
6. Ms. ZERROUGUI ...
10. If countries that, in the past, had advocated the abolition of military tribunals and tribunals of special jurisdiction were switching positions, she wondered who would be left to speak out on the issue: the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention constantly received communications challenging military and special jurisdiction tribunals, particularly in countries of the South, and also in Israel, where military jurisdiction extended to all Palestinians, including children.
56. Mr. AL-SABAH (North South XXI) said that the Government of Israel had committed serious crimes against Palestinians in the city of Jenin, and was continuing to carry out similar activities with impunity. It deliberately endangered the lives of civilians by perpetrating acts of torture and harassment, preventing the arrival of medical and water supplies, denying access to humanitarian workers, destroying private property and infrastructure, and using refugees as human shields to facilitate the achievement of military objectives. Although the recent report by the United Nations Secretary-General had referred to the violence employed by the Israeli army against ordinary Palestinians, the United Nations and the rest of the world had failed to take action to prevent such atrocities. He called for a concerted international effort to provide protection to the Palestinian people, whose enjoyment of human rights was a precondition for peace in the region.