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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/C.3/62/SR.17
8 November 2007

Original: English

Sixty-second session
Official Records



Third Committee

Summary record of the 17th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Friday, 19 October 2007, at 10 a.m.

Chairperson: Ms. Malinovska (Vice-Chairperson) .................................................... (Latvia)



Contents


In the absence of Mr. Wolfe (Jamaica), Ms. Malinovska (Latvia), Vice-Chairperson, took the Chair.

The meeting was called to order at 10.15 a.m.


Agenda item 66: Promotion and protection of the rights of children ( continued) (A/62/297 and 319; A/C.3/62/2)

(a) Promotion and protection of the rights of children (continued ) (A/62/182, 209 and 228)

(b) Follow-up to the outcome of the special session on children (continued ) (A/62/259)

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3. Ms. Gendi (Egypt) ...

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7. Her delegation was alarmed by the situation of children in Lebanon and in the occupied Palestinian territory, as described in the report. The Special Representative’s visits had revealed the shameful conditions suffered by children as a result of Israeli military action that targeted them specifically. The international community must provide humanitarian assistance to those children in the areas of education and mental health, in order to give them psychological support and help them recover from the horrors that they had witnessed. Every effort must be made to ensure that such tragedies were not repeated. ...

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17. Ms. Abdelhady-Nasser (Palestine) expressed her delegation’s distress at the egregious violations of children’s rights that continued to be committed around the world, particularly in situations of armed conflict, including foreign occupation. A significant gap remained between international legal standards for the protection of children and their implementation for the actual safeguarding and promotion of children’s rights. It was that lack of implementation that was perpetuating the impunity of those who violated children’s rights. The damage caused to children had detrimental short-and long-term consequences not only for children but for women, families and entire societies, affecting future prospects for peace and development.

18. The Convention on the Rights of the Child was the primary instrument for the protection and promotion of children’s rights. Other relevant legal instruments included the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants and the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. Those instruments were applicable to the entire occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and constituted the fundamental frame of reference for any accurate examination of the human rights situation of Palestinian children living under occupation. Any such examination would demonstrate that the rights of Palestinian children were being systematically breached on a daily basis by Israel as the occupying Power.

19. Three generations of Palestinian children had lived and grown up stateless and dispossessed in refugee camps and two generations in the occupied Palestinian territory had known only oppression, discrimination and humiliation in Israel’s 40-year military occupation. Palestinian children continued to be the targets of excessive, indiscriminate force at the hands of the Israeli occupying forces and were victims of a number of crimes identified by the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, including killing, wounding and maiming; attacks on schools and hospitals; denial of access to medical care; illegal detention; displacement; and denial of humanitarian access. In conclusion, she thanked members of the international community for supporting the needs, rights and aspirations of Palestinian children and urged continued attention to alleviating their plight in order to help them realize their inalienable human rights.

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40. Mr. Al-Anzi (Saudi Arabia) ...

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42. Attention must be drawn to the killing, torture and deprivation of the most fundamental rights suffered by Palestinian children in the occupied Palestinian territory. He urged the international community to intervene to preserve and protect the rights of those children in accordance with the relevant international conventions.

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51. Mr. Abdussalam (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya) ...

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52. His delegation was deeply disturbed by the suffering of child victims of armed conflict and foreign occupation in such places as the Golan, Iraq and Palestine. It called on the international community to restore its credibility by condemning Israel, as the occupying Power, for its perpetration of practices that deprived Palestinian children of education, health care and, in many cases, their lives.

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55. Ms. Simovich (Israel) ...

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58. Her Government had welcomed the visit by the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict to assess the situation of children living under difficult conditions. While it took issue with some of the Special Representative’s findings, of both law and fact, and regretted that some of its clarifications had not been included in the final report, it appreciated the Special Representative’s efforts. Many children living in southern Israel and near the Lebanese border continued to experience the terror of daily rocket attacks and were suffering from post-traumatic stress. However, there was renewed optimism in the region and a sense of hope that should be carried over into renewed dialogue with all Israel’s neighbours.

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The meeting rose at 1 p.m.


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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