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        General Assembly
22 March 2010

Original: English

Sixty-fourth session
Official Records

Third Committee

Summary record of the 32nd meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Wednesday, 28 October 2009, at 10 a.m.

Chairperson: Mr. Penke .................................................................. (Latvia)


Agenda item 69: Promotion and protection of human rights (continued)

(b) Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms ( continued)

(c) Human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives ( continued)

The meeting was called to order at 10.05 a.m.

Agenda item 69: Promotion and protection of human rights (continued ) (A/64/81)

(b) Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms (continued ) (A/64/159, A/64/160, A/64/170, A/64/171, A/64/175, A/64/181, A/64/186, A/64/187, A/64/188, A/64/209, A/64/211, A/64/211/Corr.1, A/64/213, A/64/213/Corr.1, A/64/214, A/64/216, A/64/219, A/64/226, A/64/255, A/64/256, A/64/265, A/64/272, A/64/273, A/64/279, A/64/289, A/64/290, A/64/293, A/64/304, A/64/320 and A/64/333)

(c) Human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives (continued ) (A/64/224, A/64/318, A/64/319, A/64/319/Corr.1, A/64/328, A/64/334 and A/64/357)


7. Ms. Rasheed (Observer for Palestine) said that the report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, contained in the note by the Secretary-General (A/64/328), accurately conveyed the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, where the rights of an entire people were being violated. It was therefore important to reaffirm the applicability of international humanitarian and human rights law to that situation. The Palestinian people’s existence as an occupied and stateless people did not negate their entitlement to the same rights as all other peoples. Under Israel’s 42-year occupation, those rights were systematically violated by the unlawful policies of the occupying Power; that had resulted in a humanitarian tragedy which had led, inter alia, to the breakdown of society, the destruction of families and communities, and the fragmentation of the Palestinian territory. Such practices, which embodied the denial of a people’s right to self-determination, constituted war crimes. They arose from an illegal military occupation that was characterized by oppression, colonization and apartheid; the killing of civilians, including women and children; excessive use of force; extrajudicial executions; terrorism; arbitrary detention; the displace ment and harassment of thousands of civilians; and the destruction of their homes and property.

8. The occupying Power sought to distort those facts and flouted United Nations resolutions and international law. If Israel was never held accountable for its actions, it would continue to act with impunity, as it had when, on 27 December 2008, it had launched its aggression in Gaza, in which some 1,400 civilians had been killed and over 5,500 injured. Israel continued to obstruct the reconstruction of homes and infrastructure in Gaza and perpetuated the conditions of misery in which the population lived. The report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (the “Goldstone report”) (A/HRC/12/48) concluded that the Israeli military campaign had been planned in all its phases as a deliberately disproportionate and systematic attack designed to punish, humiliate and terrorize the Palestinian civilian population, radically diminish its economic capacity to provide for itself, and force upon it an ever increasing sense of dependency and vulnerability. Israel must cease all its human rights violations and respect international law, while those responsible for such violations must be brought to justice. The international community had clear responsibilities in that regard.

9. Mr. Al-Mazrouei (United Arab Emirates) ...


11. His delegation welcomed the adoption by the Human Rights Council of the Goldstone report (A/HRC/12/48), which detailed the violations committed by the Israeli forces against the Palestinian people in Gaza. He urged the international community to implement the recommendations contained in that report and to bring to justice those guilty of committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and violations of international human rights instruments.


25. Mr. Pak Tok Hun (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) said that in his country human rights were guaranteed in practice and by law. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea also faithfully discharged its international obligations, as evidenced by its participation in the fiftieth session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and its submission of its national report in the context of the universal periodic review. Respect for human rights and respect for national sovereignty were intimately linked. Human rights were violated in countries whose national sovereignty had itself been violated, such as Afghanistan, Iraq and the occupied Palestinian territories, where the United States was conducting its “war on terror”. ...


38. Mr. Mamdouhi (Islamic Republic of Iran) ... Where the United States of America was concerned the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination had expressed deep concern at the discrimination suffered by Latinos and African-Americans. The so-called war on terror had created a climate of impunity for law enforcement officers and had contributed to the erosion of accountability mechanisms. The United States unconditionally supported the Zionist regime in its inhumane treatment of the Palestinian people in disregard of human rights. It was deplorable that the United States had rejected the Goldstone report submitted to the Human Rights Council at its twelfth special session.


The meeting rose at 1 pm.

This record is subject to correction. Corrections should be sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned within one week of the date of publication to the Chief of the Official Records Editing Section, room DC2-750, 2 United Nations Plaza, and incorporated in a copy of the record.

Corrections will be issued after the end of the session, in a separate corrigendum for each Committee.

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