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UNITED
NATIONS
E

        Economic and Social Council
Distr.
GENERAL
E/CN.4/1988/55
8 February 1988

ENGLISH
Original: ENGLISH/FRENCH

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Forty-fourth session
Agenda item 4 and 9






QUESTION OF THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE OCCUPIED ARAB TERRITORIES, INCLUDING PALESTINE

Note verbale dated 8 February 1988 from the Permanent Mission
of Iraq to the United Nations Office at Geneva addressed to the Centre for Human Rights,
transmitting three communications from the Permanent Observer of the Palestine Liberation Organization to the United Nations Office at Geneva

The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Iraq to the United Nations Office at Geneva presents its compliments to the Centre for Human Rights at Geneva and has the honour to transmit to it a document from the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) with the request that it should be circulated as official document of the forty-fourth session of the Commission on Human Rights.



Annex

LETTER DATED 8 FEBRUARY 1988 FROM THE PERMANENT OBSERVER FOR THE PALESTINE
LIBERATION ORGANIZATION TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE AT GENEVA ADDRESSED TO
THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FORTY-FOURTH SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS


In the past few days, the Israeli occupation authorities have intensified their terror campaign against the Palestinian people in the Palestinian occupied territories. Israeli settlers, armed and backed by the army, are now actively participating in this aggression against the Palestinian people.

On the evening of Friday, 5 February 1988, Israeli settlers entered Salem village (near Nablus), kidnapped a number of Palestinian youths and took them to an unknown destination. Later, inhabitants of the village saw bulldozers of the Israeli army opening graves near the village. In the early morning, the inhabitants of the village found four of the kidnapped youths buried alive in these graves. They all suffered multiple fractures and were brought to Ariha hospital. The four youths are:

The other kidnapped youths are still missing. These tragic events constitute more acts of genocide, in accordance with articles II and III of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

We hereby, request you to consider the present memorandum as an official document of the forty-fourth session of the Commission on Human Rights.


(Signed) Nabil RAMLAWI
Director
Permanent Observer of the Palestine
Liberation Organization to the
United Nations Office at Geneva

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