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Source: Human Rights Council
General Assembly
24 September 2007



HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL DISCUSSES REPORT OF SECRETARY-GENERAL'S SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE ON CHILDREN AND ARMED CONFLICT

Human Rights Council
AFTERNOON 21 September 2007



Selects Countries for Universal Periodic Review from 2008 to 2011

The Human Rights Council this afternoon discussed the report of the Special representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy. It also selected the countries to be reviewed in the Universal Periodic Review, providing a calendar of work for the Council for the next four years, from 2008 to 2011.

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RAMA ENAV, of Women's International Zionist Organization, said that despite rocket attacks and casualties, Israeli schools encouraged peace and tolerance, whereas Palestinian schools were often named after terrorists, and children were incited to violence and hatred. Children's TV programmes inculcated Palestinian children into Jihad and indoctrinated them with hatred, terrorism and political violence. How could peace be achieved when young minds were infused with this desire to kill?

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On Palestine and Israel Ms. Coomaraswamy said that the issues had been reviewed with both authorities. On both sides the use of certain textbooks was a fact. A Committee to review textbooks of both sides, to check if they did not give out a wrong view of reality, had been set up. More States would be reviewed. With regard to the African Group's remarks, all great violations and situations of concern everywhere in the world would be looked at.

Ms. Coomaraswamy said that in October of this year a report would be presented on the topic to the Security Council which would deal with the fighting of impunity, the recruiting of children in armed conflicts and the dealing with children survivors.

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