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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/C.3/62/SR.30
12 November 2007

Original: English

Sixty-second session
Official Record



Third Committee

Summary record of the 30th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Tuesday, 30 October 2007, at 10 a.m.

Chairman: Mr. Ashiki (Vice-Chairman) ........................................................................... (Japan)



Contents

Agenda item 70: Promotion and protection of human rights (continued)

(b) Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms ( continued)

(c) Human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives ( continued)

(e) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (continued )


In the absence of Mr. Wolfe (Jamaica), Mr Ashiki (Japan), Vice-Chairman, took the Chair.

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


Agenda item 70: Promotion and protection of human rights (continued ) (A/62/36, 369 and 464)

(b) Human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms (continued ) (A/62/183, 207, 212, 214, 218, 222, 225, 227, 254, 255, 265, 280, 286-289, 293, 298, 304 and 317; A/C.3/62/3)

(c) Human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives (continued ) (A/62/213, 223, 263, 264, 275, 313, 318, 354 and 498; A/C.3/62/4)

(e) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (continued ) (A/62/230)

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71. Mr. Linggi (Malaysia) ...

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76. While some Member States were preoccupied with the human rights situations in certain countries, they appeared almost indifferent to the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories. His delegation wished to reiterate that the issue deserved immediate attention and action by all Member States, particularly so-called human rights defenders. He had cited Palestine not out of selectivity, but due to the gravity of the long-standing problem.

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79. Ms. Halabi (Syrian Arab Republic) ...

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80. Despite the call by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for human rights to be respected without distinction of any kind, human rights enforcement continued to be selective and politicized. The rapid changes seen in the preceding few decades were a source of hope for some, but a source of frustration for the portion of humankind that continued to be held hostage to violence resulting from regional and international conflicts. For the Israeli occupation, apparently, development meant having one’s home destroyed, one’s land levelled and one’s trees uprooted. In the Golan, Israel imposed prohibitive taxes as high as 50 per cent on the produce of Syrian citizens, and committed acts such as the recent uprooting of one farmer’s cherry seedlings which were in direct violation of the provision of article 1 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights that a people may not be deprived of its own means of subsistence. It was time for the international community to throw off its selectivity and double standards and address foreign occupation as a source of the most flagrant human rights violations.

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The meeting rose at 12.55 p.m.




This record is subject to correction. Corrections should be sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned within one week of the date of publication to the Chief of the Official Records Editing Section, room DC2-750, 2 United Nations Plaza, and incorporated in a copy of the record.

Corrections will be issued after the end of the session, in a separate corrigendum for each Committee.



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