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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/57/314
16 August 2002

Original: English

Fifty-seventh session
Item 78 of the provisional agenda*
Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli
Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian
People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories



Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories

Report of the Secretary-General **


1. The present report is submitted in pursuance of General Assembly resolution 56/59 of 10 December 2001, the operative part of which reads as follows:
2. All necessary facilities were provided to the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories. Arrangements were made for the Special Committee to meet on 20 and 21 June 2002. Furthermore, the Special Committee carried out a field mission to Egypt, Jordan and the Syrian Arab Republic from 23 June to 6 July 2002.

3. Pursuant to paragraph 8 (d) of resolution 56/59, the Department of Public Information undertook the following activities:

(a) The revised and updated version of the Department’s publication entitled The Question of Palestine and the United Nations, contains extensive references to the reports of the Special Committee, including sections dealing with questions of human rights, settlements and refugees. The book, which was recently cleared for publication, is currently being processed and should soon be available for distribution. Sections of the book will be posted on the United Nations web site;

(b) The reports of the Special Committee were extensively covered by the Department in its daily news coverage. The debates in the Commission on Human Rights and at the General Assembly, referring to the reports, were covered in press releases (English and French) as well as on the United Nations web site;

(c) Electronic copies of the reports of the Special Committee are made available to the public by the Department’s Public Inquiries Unit upon request and to the delegations by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library.

4. On 10 June 2002, the Secretary-General addressed a note verbale to all Member States drawing attention to resolutions 56/59, 56/60, 56/61, 56/62 and 56/63 of 10 December 2001.

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* A/57/150.

** This document is submitted late so as to include the most up-to-date information possible.



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