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General Assembly
14 November 2013

General Assembly

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-eighth General Assembly
Third Committee
45st Meeting (PM)



Speakers Criticize ‘Selective’ Politicization of Human Rights Questions

The participation of all States was crucial in enabling the Human Rights Council to conduct a successful second cycle of assessing the human rights records of each country — a process known as the universal periodic review — that body’s President told the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) today.

“Universal participation is essential to this process,” Council President Remigiusz Achilles Henczel ( Poland), emphasized as he delivered his annual report (document A/68/53) to the Committee. Noting that the review continued to enjoy positive feedback from all actors involved, he said challenges remained in ensuring the participation of all States and preventing issues of a bilateral, territorial nature from having a negative impact on the process.

To preserve the Review’s integrity, he went on, all States should note several points: the Working Group’s report was factual in nature and should reflect what was said in the room by the State under review as well as other participating delegations; all conclusions and recommendations contained in the report reflected the position of the submitting State(s) and/or the State under review, and should not be construed as having been endorsed by the Working Group as a whole; and all recommendations made during the review should be treated equally and listed only once, in the report’s conclusions/recommendations.

He stressed that by applying all existing practices and rules consistently to all States, the Council could strengthen the review’s credibility and ensure the success of its second cycle. Israel’s re-engagement with the process was due to the “constructive, consensual and non-politicized approach maintained by the Council”, he pointed out.



The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met this afternoon to consider the “Report of the Human Rights Council on its twenty-second, twenty-third and twenty-fourth sessions” (documents A/68/53 and A/68/53/Add.1). It was expected to hear a presentation by the Council President, to be followed by an interactive dialogue.

Presentation of Report and Interactive Dialogue

REMIGIUSZ ACHILLES HENCZEL ( Poland), President of the Human Rights Council, introduced his report (document A/68/53), highlighting 2013 as the seventh year since the body’s Council’s creation and the fact that it had achieved significant progress in dealing with human rights issues worldwide. ...


He went on to say that the Council continued to discuss human rights issues in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including the report of the international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of Israeli settlements on the human rights of the Palestinian people. ...


Applying all existing practices and rules consistently to all States under review would strengthen the Review’s credibility and contribute to a successful second cycle, he said. Noting that the constructive, consensual and non-politicized approach maintained by the Council throughout this year had encouraged Israel to re-engage with the process, he declared: “Universal participation is essential to this process.”


General Discussion


NADYA RASHEED, observer for the State of Palestine, called attention to the report of the independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. Since 1967, he emphasized, Israeli Governments had openly led, directly participated in, and had full control over the planning, construction, development, consolidation and encouragement of settlements. The fact-finding mission had reported on crimes committed by extremist Israeli settlers against Palestinians, including violent attacks that had caused death and injury. They had also vandalized homes and vehicles, burning olive trees and contaminating water supplies, he said, adding that Israel could no longer continue to be treated as a State above the law.


MUSTAFIZUR RAHMAN ( Bangladesh) said that ... The Council’s continued attention to the human rights situation of the Palestinian people was appreciated, and he urged the Council to remain seized in addressing their right to self-determination. ...


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