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Source: Human Rights Council
1 March 2010



HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL HOLDS THE HIGH-LEVEL PANEL DISCUSSION ON IMPACT OF GLOBAL ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRISES ON REALIZATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Continues High-Level Segment, Hearing from Dignitaries from Nepal, South Africa, Palestine, Portugal, Commonwealth and Organization of Islamic Conference
1 March 2010

The Human Rights Council this afternoon heard statements from six dignitaries under its high-level segment and then held a high-level panel discussion on the impact of the global economic and financial crises on the universal realization and effective enjoyment of all human rights.

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High-Level Segment

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RIAD MALKI, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Palestine, said he was pleased to participate in today’s High-Level Segment, expressing his country’s commitment to protecting inalienable human rights. It was regrettable that efforts were being undermined by political interventions. There were new movements against human rights. Palestine had been living under the yolk of Israeli occupation, which violated international charters, including the basic right to life and self-determination, for decades. The right to return to the homeland and the right to development and prosperity had been violated. This was in breach of international human rights laws. How long would Israel continue to do so in broad daylight and with impunity? The occupying power was confiscating houses, expelling owners, and damaging the Islamic and Christian character of the city of Jerusalem. Tombs had been profaned. The movement of worshippers had been restricted. Families had been separated and children had been prevented from going to school, all because of the wall. The Quartet considered that these actions were illegal as was the construction of illegal settlements. Still, Israel was violating such rights.

Hundreds of Palestinians who had rejected the occupation had been imprisoned by Israel. As a result, the social and economic rights of the Palestinian people had been stunted. Israel had imposed a blockage on the Gaza Strip, making life much more difficult. It was a war crime, in light of the last offensive, which had cost lives and damaged infrastructure. Palestine appealed to the global community to rebuild Gaza immediately and to put pressure on Israel for food and other supplies to enter the area. Israel continued to keep the remains of Arab and Palestinian citizens, who had died in detention. The recent killing of a Hamas official in Dubai was an act of terrorism. Palestine would carry out internal enquiries to ensure that the perpetrators of violations against human rights would be brought to justice. The rights of Palestinians were inalienable and its capital city should be East Jerusalem, while refugees would have to have the right to return to the territories. The rights of the child, women, food, and the right to decent housing were crucial. Palestine appreciated global efforts to protect human rights, the efforts of the Quartet, the United States, and that of Egypt, in terms of its role in national reconciliation. Despite Israel’s occupation, it hoped that the international community would pursue its efforts towards a peace process to ensure a lasting stability throughout the region.

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EKMELEDDIN IHSANOGLU, Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, ... The Council had to address as a matter of urgency the plight of the Palestinian people and the frequency of flagrant violations of their human rights by Israel, as outlined by the Goldstone Report, which was seen to be balanced. It was up to the Council and other United Nations bodies to take steps to implement that report and to demand action. The Organization of the Islamic Conference called for a conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention on measures to enforce the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. ...

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HRC10/009E


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