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Source: United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
Human Rights Council
3 March 2014




HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL HEARS STATEMENTS FROM 26 DIGNITARIES AS IT CONTINUES ITS HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT
3 March 2014

The Human Rights Council this afternoon continued with its High-level Segment, hearing statements from 26 dignitaries who spoke about their concerns regarding the situation in a number of countries and regions around the world and outlined some of the efforts their countries were undertaking in the promotion and protection of human rights.

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Speakers expressed concern about the situation in Syria, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Ukraine, the Central African Republic, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Myanmar, Mali, Iran, Eritrea, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

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High-level Segment

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HOORIA MASHHOYR AHMED, Minister for Human Rights of Yemen, ...

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... She also expressed Yemen’s support for the rights of Palestinian people, and reiterated her country’s commitment to the work of the Human Rights Council.

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DUNYA MAUMOON,
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Maldives, ...

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... Maldives would continue to stand by the people of Palestine and would continue to maintain that restoring the inalienable rights of the Palestinians should remain a paramount issue for the Council. ...

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SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN ABDULRAHMAN BIN JASSIM AL-THANI, Minister’s Assistant for International Cooperation Affairs of Qatar, said challenges remained high every day, due to the tragic situations in many areas of the world which were the result of human rights and humanitarian law violations, especially the Palestinian issue, which was key to peace and stability in the Middle East, as well as the Syrian crisis, the horrors of which had not been witnessed in recent history since the Rwandan massacres. Qatar condemned in the strongest terms the continuation of settlement activities and attempts to change the legal status of Jerusalem, in addition to the displacement of Palestinians and the demolition of their homes, among others. It called on the international community to take serious measures in order to deter Israel and put an end to its blatant defiance of the international will, and compel it to respect international resolutions and adopt terms of reference of peace.

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IYAD AMEEN MADANI, Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, ... In the case of Palestine, despite repeated resolutions by this Council, there was no progress on the ground.

When it came to the question of Palestine, Israel had an unmatched disdain for human rights, international law and basic human decency. Freedom from fear was another fundamental right of all humans but Islamophobia continued to form a vital concern for all Muslims. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s repeated warning was reiterated that, if not addressed squarely, Islamophobia would have serious repercussions for the unity, stability and coherence of affected societies. The Council had great potential to further the cause of human rights. The mechanism through which it had contributed the most was the Universal Periodic Review, which had proved the adage that the promotion and protection of human rights were best served through a universal, cooperative and constructive approach. Only through an apolitical lens could they serve the cause of human rights in an objective manner.

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For use of the information media; not an official record

HRC14/008E



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