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        General Assembly
26 January 1994


Third Committee
46th meeting
held on
Tuesday, 30 November 1993
at 10 a.m.
New York


Chairman: Mr. KUKAN (Slovakia)

later: Mr. VAN DER HEIJDEN (Netherlands)




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

AGENDA ITEM 114: HUMAN RIGHTS QUESTIONS (continued) (A/48/58-S/25024, A/48/63, A/48/68, A/48/74-S/25216, A/48/75-S/25217, A/48/77-S/25231, A/48/88-S/25310, A/48/93, A/48/94, A/48/113-S/25397, A/48/116, 120, 125, 136, 152, 174, A/48/176-S/25834, A/48/177-S/25835, A/48/181, 184, 201, A/48/203-S/25898, A/48/211, A/48/214, A/48/217-S/25986, A/48/222, A/48/261-S/26073, A/48/262, A/48/273, A/48/291-S/26242, A/48/294-S/26247, A/48/302, 307, 330, A/48/355-S/26390, A/48/357, 370, 394, A/48/395-S/26439, A/48/396-S/26440, A/48/401, 446, 484, 496 and 564)


14. Mrs. BARGHOUTI (Observer for Palestine) said, in commenting on item 114 (b), that the international community must act urgently to implement human-rights instruments and put an end to the use of double standards when condemning human-rights violations. The human-rights situation of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, had not noticeably improved. The promotion of Palestinian social, civil, political and economic rights could be guaranteed only if there was strict compliance with international human-rights instruments and humanitarian law in the occupied territory, particularly as set forth in the fourth Geneva Convention.

15. An alarming number of Palestinians had been killed in 1993. Many human-rights organizations had condemned the arbitrary killing of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers at military check-points. She called upon Israel, the occupying Power, to put an end to its policy of summary executions and killings and to permit an impartial investigation of that policy. Another cause for concern was the escalation of violence by Israeli settlers in the occupied territory and the failure of the occupation authorities to halt it. The destruction of Palestinian property by settlers was occurring in all areas of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and included the burning of hundreds of homes and cars. The repeated closing-off of areas of the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, had worsened existing economic and social problems and created new ones.

16. Her delegation welcomed the decision by the Commission on Human Rights to appoint a special rapporteur to investigate Israel's violations of the human rights of the Palestinian people. She hoped that Israel would cooperate. The signing of the Declaration of Principles between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Government of Israel represented the first step towards achieving a just and lasting peace. Her delegation hoped that it would also mark the beginning of a new era for the human-rights situation of the Palestinian people, in which Israel would scrupulously abide by the fourth Geneva Convention.

17. The PLO considered human rights to be of primary importance and would respect internationally recognized human-rights standards in future Palestinian legislation. It intended to establish a national institution for human rights, reflecting its determination to implement human-rights instruments in daily practice.


34. Mr. EL DEEB (Egypt), ...


36. In the Middle East, the signing of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization was a positive development. He hoped that the enjoyment of human rights among the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza Strip would be enhanced as a result. ...

The meeting rose at 1 p.m.

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